Mary worked as an occupational therapist initially with adults in a rehabilitation centre followed by many years of clinical practice working with children with disabilities and their families.
She is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and associate member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She holds the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research. Mary is co-founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a multidisciplinary research centre at McMaster University.
Mary’s research has centred on client and family-centred practice, including the development of measures and evaluation of interventions. Together with others in CanChild, she has studied children’s participation and the complex array of factors that impact the participation of children with disabilities in everyday occupations. Over the past 10 years, Mary has also focused on the transfer of research knowledge into practice. A particular highlight of Mary’s career has been working with the COPM author team to develop and implement use of the measure.
Mary is a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and has been elected to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is one of the authors of Evidence-based Rehabilitation, Measurement of Occupational Performance, Client-centred Occupational Therapy, Theoretical basis of occupational therapy, and Interventions, effects and outcomes in occupational therapy.