Dr. Ben Mortenson


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I have been teaching part time at UBC since 1999 (online and face-to-face) on topics including evidenced-based practice, clinical reasoning, and research methods. My online teaching includes RHSC 501, Evidence for Practice. I really enjoy teaching online as I think it is a great opportunity for practicing clinicians to return to school without the constraints of physical classrooms and I love the mutual learning that goes on.

I graduated from the University of Alberta in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. I completed my Masters of Science at UBC in 2002 and my Doctorate in 2009.  I have a wide range of research interests including client-centered practice, outcome measurement, assistive technology, spinal cord injury and residential care. My doctoral research was a two-phase project that explored the impact of wheelchairs on those living in residential care. Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC. I am involved in a number of assistive-technology related studies including a longitudinal study looking at the natural history of power mobility use, development of a smart wheelchair for people with cognitive impairments and an intervention study that explores the impact of a client-centered assistive technology intervention on community dwelling individuals and their caregivers.

I am an avid bicycle commuter and I really enjoy the great outdoors and hanging out with my wife and three children.