Zachary Boychuck

Academic title(s): 

Course Lecturer

Zachary Boychuck
Contact Information

Davis House, Room B6-B

3654 prom Sir-William-Osler

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Medicine, McGill University


Person-Centred Health Informatics Research Lab

Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Centre de réadaptation Constance-Lethbridge

7005 Bd De Maisonneuve O

Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1T3

Email address: 
zachary.boychuck [at]
Faculty Lecturer
Davis House, Room B6-B

Postdoctoral Fellowship, CanChild & Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, 2021-

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Person-Centred Health Informatics Lab, McGill University, 2020-2021

Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Science), McGill University, 2013-2019

M.Sc.A. (Occupational Therapy), McGill University, 2008-2010

B.A. (Psychology, Distinction), McGill University, 2001-2004

Teaching areas: 

OCC1-245: Intro to Professional Practice 1       

POTH-250: Intro to Professional Practice 2                         

OCC1-443: Constructing Mental Health 

OCC1-547: Occupational Solutions 1                                     

OCC1-551: Psychosocial Practice in OT 

OCC1-618: Applied OT: Psychosocial Theory 

OCC1-623: Assistive Technology

POTH-642: Master's Research Project Faculty Supervisor 

Current research: 
  • digital health, knowledge translation, chronic illness and disability, neurodevelopmental disabilities, childhood disability, clinical education 

My postdoctoral research is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of e-health technologies. Specifically, the two studies I am currently leading are:

Study: “A paradigm shift toward telerehabilitation: Adapting rehabilitation services across an integrated health and social services university network in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis”

  • The aim of this integrated knowledge translation study is to create evidence-based resources (educational knowledge translation tools) to train and support rehabilitation professionals (e.g., occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists) in the delivery of care as they adapt their practices to be delivered using telehealth across 30 complementary pediatric and adult healthcare facilities.

My doctoral research focused on enhancing early-identification of children with cerebral palsy (CP). I used mixed-methods and an integrated knowledge translation (KT) approach to create educational KT tools for primary-care practitioners (family physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners) and parents to increase awareness of the early-motor signs of CP that should prompt referral for diagnostic assessment, as well as simultaneous referral for rehabilitation services, for children suspected of having CP.


I am an occupational therapist (OT) with over a decade of clinical experience working with two very different clienteles. Initially I worked in pediatric physical rehabilitation, primarily with children and young adults with complex motor and communication impairments, most of who required the use of assistive technology for mobility and/or augmentative and alternative and communication (AAC) for communication. I then moved into the field of adult psychosocial rehabilitation, working in the Department of Psychiatry at the McGill University Health Centre, where I was fortunate to work with a diverse clientele across clinics (primarily people living with schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse/addiction). I have also been teaching across the psychosocial and pediatric neurodevelopmental curricula of the Occupational Therapy Professional Master’s program at McGill since 2011. 

Selected publications: 

Published refereed articles:

  1. Boychuck Z, Andersen J, Fehlings D, Kirton A, Oskoui M, Shevell M, Majnemer A, & the PROMPT group. (2020). Current referral practices for diagnosis and intervention for children with cerebral palsy: A national environmental scan. The Journal of Pediatrics, 216, 173-180. 
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.09.035
  2. Garfinkle J, Li P, Boychuck Z, Bussières A, & Majnemer A. (2020). Early clinical features of cerebral palsy in children without perinatal risk factors: a scoping review. Pediatric Neurology, 102, 56-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2019.07.006
  3. Boychuck Z, Andersen J, Bussières A, Fehlings D, Kirton A, Li P, Oskoui M, Rodriguez C, Shevell M, Snider L, Majnemer A, & the PROMPT group. (2020). International expert recommendations of clinical features to prompt referral for diagnostic assessment of cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62(1), 89-96. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14252
  4. Boychuck Z, Andersen J, Bussières A, Fehlings D, Kirton A, Li P, Oskoui M, Rodriguez C, Shevell M, Snider L, Majnemer A, & the PROMPT group. (2020). Use of consensus methods to determine the early clinical signs of cerebral palsy. Paediatrics & Child Health, 25(5), 300-307. DOI: 10.1093/pch/pxz061
  5. Nery Borges P, Snider L, Camelo Jr JS, Boychuck Z, Khodary F, Goldschleger J & Majnemer A. (2019). The Role of Rehabilitation Specialists in Canadian NICUs: A 21st Century Perspective. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics, 39(1), 33-47. DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2018.1490846
  6. Boychuck Z, Bussières A, Goldschleger J, Majnemer A, & the PROMPT group. (2019). Age at referral for diagnosis and rehabilitation services for cerebral palsy: A scoping review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 61(8), 908-914. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14034
  7. Hubermann L, Boychuck Z, Shevell M & Majnemer A. (2016). Age at referral of children for initial diagnosis of cerebral palsy and rehabilitation: Current practices. Journal of Child Neurology, 31(3), 364-9. doi:10.1177/0883073815596610
  8. Asimakopulos J, Boychuck Z, Sondergaard D, Poulin V, Ménard I, & Korner-Bitensky N. (2012). Assessing executive function in relation to fitness to drive: A review of tools and their ability to predict safe driving. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(6), 402-427. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00963.x
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