Patricia Mortenson

RSOP Program Manager

Assisting clinicians to do their best work both energizes and inspires what I do. Managing the Rehabilitation Science Online Program is an ideal opportunity to equip clinicians with the skills and critical thinking needed to advance practice. I am a ‘double’ UBC graduate--I completed my entry level OT degree in 1993 and returned for my research MSc degree in 2003. I started as an instructor with the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Online Program in 2007 and continue to coordinate RHSC 501 Evidence for Practice and supervise major project students, in addition to managing the program.

I value being grounded in clinical care, and have worked as an OT at BC Children’s Hospital since 1993, where I am currently coordinating the Plagiocephaly Clinic. My most recent clinical research includes an RCT study of an early paediatric concussion intervention, multi-disciplinary outcomes research for children following rhizotomy surgery, and a qualitative study exploring parental experiences of decision making for their child with plagiocephaly. I have first and second author publications in several peer review journals, including the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Child’s Nervous System, Infants and Young Children, and the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Outside of work time I am busy volunteering at my children’s school and as a Girl Guide leader. As a family we enjoy exploring trails, parks and water.