Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hosted the second annual Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science in February 2012. This year’s visiting scholar, Dr. Debbie Laliberte Rudman, presented a seminar to students and faculty, met with individuals and groups throughout the division, and presented a public lecture on February 29 titled “Working Against the ‘Individualizing of the Social’: The Critical Potential of Occupational Science.”

Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science
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Drs. Bruce Carney, Debbie Rudman, and Ruth Humphry.

Debbie Rudman, PhD, OT Reg, is Associate Professor and Faculty Scholar in the School of Occupational Therapy, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chair of the Occupational Science field of the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program of the University of Western Ontario.  Her research the relationships between occupation and identity, health and quality of life. Within the broader field of occupational science, she is particularly interested in examining how social, political and cultural factors shape what come to be seen as possible and ideal ways to be (identity) and do (occupation) in the later phases of life.  Dr. Rudman has been selected as the next recipient of the Townsend and Polatajko Lectureship at the Canadian .

The Mitchell Symposium in Occupational Science is named in honor of Drs. Marlys and Earl (Mitch) Mitchell and has been made possible through a generous gift from Drs. Ruth Humphry and Bruce Carney as well as other donors.