Claudia has broad-based experience in rehabilitation therapy as a clinician, administrator, educator and researcher. She has worked for many years as a community-based occupational therapist with both adults and children and continues today with her practice in Eastern Ontario. She worked in quality management and has held leadership positions with several not-for-profit organizations. Her experiences in these environments led to her interest in program development and evaluation that inform her teaching in RHSC 507, Developing Effective Rehabilitation Programs. Her program development experience includes national projects addressing older driver safety and fall prevention among seniors. Claudia has also led a number of national initiatives directed towards enabling the workforce integration of internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs).
Lifelong learning has been a priority for Claudia. She graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Toronto and subsequently completed her Master’s degree in community health and epidemiology and doctorate in rehabilitation science from Queen’s University. Throughout her career, Claudia has been involved in teaching as a fieldwork supervisor, as well as through serving as a guest lecturer at universities across Canada. Her work with IEOTs led to her involvement as the co-leader of a pilot bridging program offered to occupational therapists educated in other countries who wish to work in Canada.
Claudia enjoys teaching RHSC 581, Writing to Enhance Practice where she is able to use her knowledge and experience with professional writing. Her work experience has provided opportunities to write in different formats and for various audiences, including developing reports and other literature for health consumers and other specific groups. In addition, Claudia has published over 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals and provided over 30 peer-reviewed presentations at local, national and international conferences.