Dept. of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy appoints new head

Catherine Backman has been appointed as head of Dept. of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, effective Jan. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.

Backman earned her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation degree at UBC, Master of Science at the University of Washington, and PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC.

First appointed as an instructor at UBC in 1986, Backman has taught a variety of courses, with particular interest in occupational therapy theory and professional practice in chronic illness and primary health care. She received a UBC Killam Teaching Prize in 2002 and led the development of the new Master of Occupational Therapy program when it was introduced in 2004.

She served on the executive committees of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), and currently serves as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Backman is Research Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Affiliate Investigator at Vancouver Coastal Research Institute.

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