Dana Anaby

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Dana Anaby
Contact Information

Mailing Address:
3654 prom Sir-William-Osler
Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Lab Room: Centre de réadaptation MAB-MACKAY

514-398-4400 Ext 00394
Lab: 514 488-5552 ext. 1130
Email address: 
dana.anaby [at] mcgill.ca
Associate Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain; Research Associate, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

B.OT, Tel Aviv University; PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia); Postdoc (Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University)

Teaching areas: 

OCC1 617 Occupational Solutions II

Dana is now accepting applications from students interested in pursuing their MSc / PhD in the Graduate Research Program. 

Current research: 

Prof. Anaby’s research encompasses the areas of participation and well being among children and youth with physical disabilities, with a special focus on leisure participation and the impact of the environment.  Her studies involve testing intervention plans to enhance community engagement such as the PREP (Pathways and Resources for Engagement and Participation), as well as developing measurement-focused projects such as the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY). She also leads Knowledge Translation initiatives; particularly those aimed at promoting participation-based practices.

Our team is now testing a new occupational therapy intervention to promote participation in leisure activities for youth with physical disabilities. Watch Ann, Philip’s mother, as she talks about her experience in the study, here.

Professional activities: 

Dana holds the FRQ-S Research Scholars Salary Award - Junior 2 (Chercheurs-boursiers). 

She is the PI of a CIHR Grant entitled “The effectiveness of participation-focused interventions on body functions of youth with physical disabilities: An Interrupted Time Series design” (Co-Investigators: Mindy Levin & JW Gorter), testing the multiple benefits of the PREP intervention among youth and young adults with physical disabilities.  


Selected publications: 

Anaby D., Avery L. Gorter JW., Levin FM., Teplicky R., Turner L., Cormier I., Hanes J. (2019). Improved body functions through participation in community activities of young people with physical disabilities. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Epub ahead of print October 31, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14382

Anaby D, Law M, Feldman D, Majnemer A, Avery L. (2018). The effectiveness of the Pathways and Resources for Participation and Engagement (PREP) intervention Improving participation of adolescents with physical disabilities. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 60, 5, 513-519. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13682

Anaby D., Mercerat C., Tremblay S. (2017). Enhancing youth participation using the PREP intervention: Parents' perspectives. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Publish online September 02, 2017 http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/9/1005

Anaby D., Korner-Bitensky N., Steven E., Tremblay S., Snider L., Avery L. & Law M. (2017). Current rehabilitation practices for children with cerebral palsy: Focus and gaps. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 37(1), 1-15. doi: 10.3109/01942638.2015.1126880

Anaby, D. R., Law, M. C., Majnemer, A., & Feldman, D. (2016). Opening doors to participation of youth with physical disabilities: An intervention study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(2), 83-90. doi: 10.1177/0008417415608653. http://cjo.sagepub.com/content/83/2/83

Anaby, D., Law, M., Teplicky, R., & Turner, L. (2015). Focusing on the Environment to Improve Youth Participation: Experiences and Perspectives of Occupational Therapists. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(10), 13388-13398. doi: 10.3390/ijerph121013388

Anaby, D., Korner-Bitensky, N., Law, M., & Cormier, I. (2015). Focus on participation for children and youth with disabilities: Supporting therapy practice through a guided knowledge translation process. British Journal of Occupational Therapy,78, 440-449. doi: 10.1177/0308022614563942

Anaby D, Law M, Coster W., Bedell G, Kehtani M, Avery L and Teplicky R. (2014). The mediating role of the environment in explaining participation of youth with and without disabilities across home, school and community. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95(5):908-917.

Law M, Hanna S, Anaby D, Kertoy M, King G and Xu L. (2014).  Health-related quality of life of children with physical disabilities: A longitudinal study. BMC Pediatrics. Open Access : http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2431-14-26.pdf

Khetani M, Cliff A., Schelly C., Daunhauer L and Anaby D. (2014).  Decisional support algorithm for collaborative care planning using the participation and environment measure for children and youth (PEM-CY): A mixed methods study. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. [Epub ahead of print].

Anaby, D., Lal, S., Huszczynski, J., Maich, J., Rogers, J., & Law, M. (2014). Interrupted Time Series Design: A Useful Approach for Studying Interventions Targeting Participation. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 34, 457-470. 

Anaby D, Hand C, Bradley L, DiRezze B, DiGiacomo A, Forhan M and Law M. (2013). The effect of the environment on participation: A scoping review. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(19):1589-98.

Anaby D. and Law M. (2013). The role of participation in the lives of children and young people with neurological and developmental conditions. In Ronen G. M. & Rosenbaum P. L. Life Quality Outcomes in Children and Young People with Neurological Conditions and Developmental Conditions. pp. 51-64. Mac Keith Press.

Anaby, D., Law, M., Hanna, S. & DeMatteo, C. (2012). Predictors of change in participation rates following Acquired Brain Injury: Results of a longitudinal study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54(4), 339-346.

Law M, Anaby D, Teplicky R, Khetani M, Coster W and Bedell G. (2013) Participation in the home environment among children and youth with and without disabilities. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(2):58-66.

Bedell G, Coster W, Law M, Lijenquist K, Kao YC, Teplicky R, Anaby D and Khetani MA. (2013). Community participation, supports, and barriers of school-age children with and without disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94 (2):315-323.

Law M, King G, Petrenchik T, Kertoy M and Anaby D. (2012) The assessment of preschool children's participation: Internal consistency and construct validity. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(3):272-87.

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