Judith Friedland PhD
Professor Emerita
Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Contact Info
T: (416) 946-7664
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
160-500 University Avenue, Floor 9
Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7
Research Interests
Occupational Science, Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences, Psychosocial Adjustment to Physical Illness and Injury (e.g., CVA, AIDS, MVA), Ethics in Health Research, Post-secondary Students’ Health Issues, Seniors’ Driving Safety, Early History of Occupational Therapy (circa 1900)

Although officially retired in 2004, I continue to be active in the university and in the health care community. I have been the chair of Public Health Ontario’s Ethics Review Board since 2012, and am the past chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board of the University of Toronto. My research has focussed primarily on the psychosocial aspects of illness and disability (e.g., on CVA, AIDS, MVA), and on the early history of occupational therapy in Canada. My book Restoring the Spirit: the beginnings of occupational therapy in Canada, 1890-1930” was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in September 2011. I have an ongoing interest in the mental health issues of university students and continue to do research in this area. I have also done work in seniors’ driving cessation. My eight grandchildren, concert going, time at the cottage, and travelling with my husband provide strong competition for all of the above.

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

  1. Kirsh, B., Friedland, J., Webber, C., Salkovitch, M., Snider, K., Orfus, S., Gopalasuntharanathan, N., and Choi, S. Experiences of university students who are living with mental health problems: Interrelations between the self, the social, and the school. In press, WORK: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.
  2. Friedland, J“The Melding of Work and the Mending of Spirit: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto”. Essay in Catalogue for the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Mt Allison University, Owens Art Gallery. April 24 – September 16, 2015.
  3. Cameron, Jill I., Bastawrous, M., Marsella, A., Forde, S., Smale, L., Friedland, J., Denyse Richardson, and Gary Naglie (2014). Stroke survivors’, caregivers, and health care professionals perspectives on the weekend pass to facilitate transition home. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46: 858–863.
  4. Friedland, J., (2013). Being our own sponsors, Guest Editorial, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(5), 269-272.
  5. Reaching Out: Today’s Activist Occupational Therapists – Townsend, E., Marval, R., McNeill, C., & Friedland, J., (2012), www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIcfyQ3RwT0