Gail Teachman

Gail is an occupational therapist with a background in clinical practice, academic teaching and research, all focused on childhood disability. In March 2016, she joined CRCF to begin a 3-year CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at McGill, supervised by Dr. Franco Carnevale and in association with his new VOICE (Views on Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics) team https://www.mcgill.ca/voice/home. Gail's postdoctoral research will examine the intersection of children's best interests, children’s agency and family-centred care to understand how these mediate disabled children’s and their families’ moral experiences in the context of children's rehabilitation. She is also involved in initiatives to advance children's rehabilitation through engagement in critically reflexive research and practice. 

Dr. Teachman completed her doctorate at University of Toronto, in association with the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (CDARS) lab at Bloorview Research Institute  http://research.hollandbloorview.ca/ResearchCentresLabs/CDARSLab where her training encompassed critical qualitative inquiry, rehabilitation science, disability studies, social theory and social studies of childhood. She was awarded Canada's most prestigious doctoral award - a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Gail's doctoral study employed a critical qualitative approach to explore relations between the experiences of disabled youth who have little or no speech, their perceptions of ‘inclusion’ and the dominant inclusion discourses in which they were immersed. To complete the research, she developed an innovative methodological approach that draws on Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogism, and a suite of complementary methods for doing research with children and youth who communicate in ways other than speech. Gail received University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine Award for Research Innovation for her work in this area.

Contact: gail.teachman [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)