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

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship, CanChild & Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, 2021-2022

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: 
  • childhood disability, knowledge translation, chronic illness, neurodevelopmental disabilities, clinical education, mixed-methods, telerehabilitation 

I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University, and through the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Rosenbaum. My research used mixed-methods to evaluate the engagement of participants in an international integrated knowledge translation study. 

I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University in the Person-Centred Health Informatics Lab, under the supervision of Professor Sara Ahmed. My research focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of e-health technologies. 

I completed my PhD studies at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy at McGill University, under the supervision of Professor Annette Majnemer. 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.

Mental Health
Brain Health
Musculoskeletal Health

I am an occupational therapist 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 SPOT's B.Sc. Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy program & Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Therapy professional program since 2011. 

Selected publications: 

Published refereed articles:

  1. Ataman R, Thomas A, Roberge-Dao J, McKerral M, Auger C, Wittich W, Talla P, Boychuck Z, & Ahmed S. (2022). Measurement Properties of the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI-4) and Related Measures: A Systematic Review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 103(12), e208. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2022.08.051
  2. Ogourtsova T, Boychuck Z, O’Donnell M, Ahmed S, Osman G, & Majnemer A. (2022). Telerehabilitation for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families: A systematic literature review. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics, 1-47. DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2022.2106468
  3. Yamaguchi S, Zerbo A, Putterman C, Russell K, Cardoso R, Boychuck Z, Weiss J, & Shikako K. (2022). Evolving partnerships for building communities: Experiences from the Knowledge Translation Innovation Incubator. In Reszel, J., McCutcheon, C., Kothari, A., & Graham, ID. (Eds.), How We Work Together: The Integrated Knowledge Translation Casebook, Volume 6 (pp. 34-38). Ottawa, ON: Integrated Knowledge Translation Research Network.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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