Sara Saunders

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor [Professional] | Director Occupational Therapy Program

Sara Saunders
Contact Information

Building: Davis House, 3654 prom. Sir-William-Osler

Mailing Address: 3654 prom. Sir-William-Osler Montreal QC Canada H3G 1Y5

(514) 398-4400 ext 09253
Email address: 
sara.saunders [at]
Director OT Program

BSc(OT) Dalhousie; PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences) McGill


Teaching areas: 

OCC1 620: Work and ergonomics
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management
Guest lecturer in the Dentistry Program (ergonomics)

Current research: 

Prof. Saunders is an occupational therapist whose clinical background involved working with individuals with work disability resulting from a musculoskeletal injury.  Her PhD thesis explored the meaning of work for injured workers living with chronic pain, long-term work disability and job loss. Prof. Saunders has also completed the CIHR Work Disability Prevention Strategic Training Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Research Areas: 
chronic pain
meaning of work
work disability

Selected publications: 

Davis, A.U., Lewis, R., Saunders, S. (2022). Evaluation of an innovative student-led work disability prevention program. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6(1), 18.

Zafran, H., Barudin, J., Saunders, S., Kasperski, J. (2019). An occupational therapy program lays a foundation for Indigenous partnerships and topics. OTNow, 21(4), 28-30.

Saunders, SL, Nedelec, B & MacEachen, E (2018). Work remains meaningful despite time out of the workplace and chronic pain, Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI:10.1080/09638288.2017.1327986

Saunders SL, MacEachen, E & Nedelec, B. (2015). Understanding and building upon effort to return to work for people with long-term disability and job loss. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 52(1), 103-114.

Saunders SL and Nedelec B. (2014). What work means to people with work disability: A scoping review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 24(1):100-10.

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