Patricia Belchior

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Patricia Belchior
Contact Information

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

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

Email address: 
patricia.belchior [at]
Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Laboratory Director at the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM)

Post Doctoral Associate, University of Florida, 2010; Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Florida, 2007; BSc. (OT) Dom Bosco Catholic University, Brazil, 1999; B.A. (Law), Dom Bosco Catholic University, Brazil, 1998

Teaching areas: 

POTH 638 - Promoting Wellness in Seniors

Current research: 

The overall goal of Prof. Belchior’s current research is to promote aging well in the community, particularly for older adults living with neurocognitive disorders and their family members. To achieve this goal, she has been working on different interrelated topics: the development of occupational-based programs in the community, the use of technology to promote aging in place, and the impact of age-stigma on the care of older adults. She is also interested to collaborate with occupational therapy practitioners to better understand potential barriers and facilitators of care provision. She has a growing interest in participatory research approach to better align her research interests to what really matters to the community.

Research Keywords:
aging, cognition, technology, community-based programs

Selected publications: 

Semeniuk, P. B., Bier, N., Couture, M., Vachon, B., Belchior, P. (2023). Perceived knowledge needs in occupational therapy for evaluating seniors with cognitive impairments. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

DeBroux Leduc, R., Bier, N., Couture, M., Ansaldo, A. I., Belleville, S., Ben Gaied, N., Chesneau, S., Belchior, P., Fonseca, R., Hebblethwaite, S., Jarema, G., Lacerda, A., Rousseau, J., Van de Velde, C. et Filiatrault, J. (2023). Social isolation in older adults living in a neighbourhood of Montreal: A qualitative descriptive study of the perspectives of older adults and community stakeholders. Canadian Journal on Aging

Zarshenas, S., Paulino, C., Senechal, I., Decary, J., Dufresne, A., Bourbonais, A., Aquin, C, Couture, M., Bruneau, M-A., Champoux, N., Belchior, P., & Bier, N. (2022) Application of the person-centered care to manage responsive behaviors in clients with major neurocognitive disorders: A aualitative single case study. Clinical Gerontologist, 2;1-13. doi: 10.1080/07317115.2022.2162468

Ramachandran, M., D’Souza, S. A., Bangera, K., Belchior, P. (2022) A scoping review of family-centred occupational therapy intervention for dementia. Dementia, 22(2):405-438, doi: 10.1177/14713012221144485

Semeniuk,P. B., Bier, N., Couture, M., Vachon, B., Belchior, P. (2022) Describing occupational therapy practice for evaluating older adults faced with cognitive impairments. A descriptive qualitative study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, doi:10.1080/02703181.2022.2138676

Benoit-Dubé, L., Jean, E. K., Aguilar, M. A., Zuniga, A., Bier, Couture., Lussier, M.,  Lajoie, X., & Belchior, P. (2020). What facilitates the acceptance of technology to promote social participation in later life? A systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-11doi: 10.1080/17483107.2020.1844320

Aboujaoudé, A., Bier, N., Lussier, M., Ménard, C.,  Couture, M., Demers, L., Auger, C.,  Pigot, H., Caouette, M., Lussier-Desrochers, D., & Belchior, P. (2020) Canadian occupational therapists’ use of technology with older adults: a nationwide survey. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 41(2), 1-13.

Belchior, P, Yam, A., Thomas, K., Bavelier, D., Ball., K., Mann, W., & Marsiske, M. (2019) Computer and video game interventions for older adults’ cognitive and everyday functioning, Games for Health Journal, 8(2), 129-143.

Aplaon, M., Belchior, P., Gélinas, I., Bier, N., & Aboujaoude, A. Interventions for individuals with young-onset dementia. A review of the literature. (2017). The Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practices, 6, 28-31. 

Belchior, P., Korner-Bitensky, N., Holmes, M., & Robert, A. (2015). Identification and assessment of mild cognitive impairment: A survey of occupational therapy practices. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62, 187-196.

Belchior, P., Marsiske, M., Sisco, S., Yam, A., Bavelier, D., & Ball, K., Mann, W. (2013).The impact of video game training on selected visual attention in older adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(4), 1318-1324.

Belchior, P., Marsiske, M., Sisco, S., Yam, A., & Mann, W. (2012). Older adults engagement with a video game training program. Activities, Adaptation and Aging,36(4), 269-279.



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