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Cruz, N.A., Stoll, D., Casarini, D.E., Bertagnolli, M. (2021). Role of ACE2 in pregnancy and potential implications for COVID-19 susceptibility. Clinical Science, 135(15).

AlKhaldi, M., James, N., Chattu, V. K., Ahmed, S., Meghari, H., Kaiser, K., Ijsselmuiden, C., & Tanner, M. (2021). Rethinking and strengthening the Global Health Diplomacy through triangulated nexus between policy makers, scientists and the community in light of COVID-19 global crisis. Global Health Research Policy, 6, 12.

Anaby, D., Ryan, M., Palisano, R.J., Levin, M.F., Gorter, J.W., Avery, L., Cormier, I., Teplicky, R., Coulter, J., & Hanes, J. (2021). Participation during a Pandemic: Forging new pathways. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2021.1875739

Dechman, G., Aceron, R., Beauchamnp, M., Bhutani, M., Bourbeau, J., Brooks, D., Goldstein, R., Goodridge, D., Hernandez, P., Janaudis-Ferreira, T., Saey, D., Marciniuk, D., Olsen, S.R., Penz, E., Ryerson, C., Wald, J., Weatherald, J., & Stickland, M.K. (2020). Delivering pulmonary rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Canadian Thoracic Society position statement. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/24745332.2020.1828683

What does it mean to be made vulnerable in the era of COVID-19? Ahmad A, Chung R, Eckenwiler L, Ganguli-Mitra A, Hunt M, Richards R, Saghai Y, Schwartz L, Scully JL, Wild V. Lancet.


October 2021

Marshall, C.A., Cooke, A., Gewurtz, R., Barbic, S., Roy, L., Ross, C., Becker, A., Lysaght, R., & Kirsh, B. (2021). Bridging the transition from homelessness: Developing an occupational therapy framework. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2021.1962970

Wong, J.J., Hogg-Johnson, S.H., Bussières, A., French, S.D., Mior, S.A. (2021). The association between chiropractors’ view of practice and patient encounter-level characteristics in Ontario, Canada: a cross-sectional study. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, 29(41).

Durocher, E., & Kinsella, E.A. (2021). Ethical Tensions in Occupational Therapy Practice: Conflicts and Competing Allegiances. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.


September 2021

Teel, E.F., Caron, J.G., & Gagnon, I.J. (2021). Higher parental stress is significantly related to longer clinical recovery times in concussed children: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Ali, M., Uddin, Z., Banik, P. C., Hegazy, F. A., Zaman, S., Saleh, A., Ambia, M., … & Ahsan, G. (2021). Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, and Fear of COVID-19: an Online-Based Cross-cultural Study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Leclair, M., Raiche, A.P., Latulippe, M., Lepage-Richer, T., Charette, Y., Roy, L., & Crocker, A. (2021). Quantified Desistance: A Scoping Review of Conventions in the Scientific Literature. Crime and Delinquency.

Mullick, A.A., Baniña, M.C., Tomita, Y., Fung, J., & Levin, M.F. (2021). Obstacle Avoidance and Dual-Tasking During Reaching While Standing in Patients With Mild Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Mathur, S., Janaudis-Ferreira, T., Hemphill, J., Cafazzo, J.A., Hart, D., Holdsworth, S., Lovas, M., & Wickerson, L. (2021). User-centered design features for digital health applications to support physical activity behaviors in solid organ transplant recipients: A qualitative study. The Journal of Clinical and Translational Research.

Yamaguchi, S., Lencucha, R., & Brown, T.G. (2021). Control, power, and responsibility: a qualitative study of local perspectives on problem drinking in Peruvian Andean highlands. Globalization and Health, 17, 109.

Feldman, A.G., Levin, M.F., Garofolini, A., Piscitelli, D., & Zhang, L. (2021). Central pattern generator and human locomotion in the context of referent control of motor actions. Clinical Neurophysiology.


August 2021

Facca, D., Kinsella, E.A. (2021). Emergence, multiplicity and connection: rethinking ethical discernment in qualitative research through a rhizo-ethics approach. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Katzman, E., Mohler, E., Durocher, E., & Kinsella, E.A. (2021). Occupational justice in direct-funded attendant services: Possibilities and constraints. Journal of Occupational Science,

Robbins, S.M., Pelletier, J.P., Abram, F., Boily, M., Antoniou, J., Martineau, P.A., Morellie, M., & Martel-Pelletier, J. (2021). Gait risk factors for disease progression differ between non-traumatic and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Croteau, F., Paradelo, D., Pearsall, D., & Robbins, S. (2021). Risk Factors for Shoulder Injuries in Water Polo: a Cohort Study. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 16(4).

Dahl-Michelsen, T., Kinsella, E.A., & Groven, K.S. (2021). Toward an inclusive evidence-based practice model: Embracing pluralistic understandings of professional knowledge in health care and health care higher education. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, 9(1).

Lewandowski, A.J., Raman, B., Bertagnolli, M., Mohamed, A., Wiliamson, W., Pelado, J.L., McCance, A., Lapidaire, W., Neubauer, S., & Leeson, P. (2021). Association of Preterm Birth With Myocardial Fibrosis and Diastolic Dysfunction in Young Adulthood. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 78(7), 683-692.

Wang, N., Christen, M., & Hunt, M. (2021). Ethical considerations associated with "Humanitarian Drones": A scoping literature review. Science and Engineering Ethics, 27(51).

Jama, H.A., Muralitharan, R.R., Xu, C., O'Donnell, J., Bertagnolli, M., Broughton, B., Head, G.A., & Marques, F.Z. (2021). Rodent models of hypertension. British Journal of Pharmacology.

Gonzalez, M., Saxena, S., Chowdhury, F., Holzinger, S.D., Martens, R., Oskoui, M., & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2021). Informing the development of the Canadian Neurodiversity Platform: What is important to parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities? Child: Care, health and development.

Fields, B., Rodakowski, J., Jewell, V.D., Arthanat, S., Park, M., Piersol, C.V., Niemiec, S.L., Womack, J., & Mroz, T.M. (2021). Unpaid Caregiving and Aging in Place in the United States: Advancing the Value of Occupational Therapy. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75.

Woznowski-Vu, A., Aternali, A., Gervais, A., Pavilanis, A.D., Nijs, J., Sullivan, M.J., & Wideman, T.H. (2021). The Prospective Prognostic Value of Biopsychosocial Indices of Sensitivity to Physical Activity Among People With Back Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000965

Litchfield, C., Connelly, D.M., Hay, M.E., Kinsella, E.A. (2021). “Being” an Older Adult Skier: The Phenomenology of Masters Alpine Ski Racers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Tomas, V., Srinivasan, R., Kulkarni, V., Teplicky, R., Anaby, D., & Khetani, M. (2021). A guiding process to culturally adapt assessments for participation-focused pediatric practice: the case of the Participation and Environment Measures (PEM). Disability and Rehabilitation,.

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