Anne Carswell PhD, OT(C), FCAOT

Anne was a committed, passionate occupational therapist for over 50 years. She received her occupational therapy and graduate education from McGill University and her doctoral degree from the University of Toronto.

Clinically, Anne first worked with children; then as the Director of an Occupational Therapy department helped to develop and implement OT programs in mental health, injured workers, acute and long term care and an outpatient clinic for children with learning disabilities. In her last clinical experience as a community occupational therapist in psychogeriatrics, focusing on maintaining persons with dementia in their own homes and provided consultation to long term care institutions.

Her research mirrored her clinical experience exemplified by refereed publications and conference proceedings. Initially studying community integration in children with chronic physical and intellectual disabilities along with their families. In later years she explored the functional measurement of older adults living in the community with cognitive losses, pain, and physical dysfunction.

Her academic career began teaching occupational therapy students about child development and occupational therapy interventions. Subsequently, given her community experience and research, she taught courses on occupational therapy and the care of frail and older adults with dementia.  

Some volunteer professional accomplishments include three elections to the Board of the Directors of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (one as vice-president); Elections to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (Vice-President).   She was the Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia for five years and on her retirement from Dalhousie University she was an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Occupational Therapy.

One of her most fortunate professional opportunities was to collaborate with five other brilliant, committed and energetic occupational therapists who form the COPM research team and she counts this collaboration as one of her most important and gratifying contributions to the occupational therapy profession.

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