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Lorie Shimmell, MSc, is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science. She is the Director of Clinical Education for the MScOT Program. Lorie graduated with a bachelor degree in occupational therapy in 1986, and a master degree in rehabilitation science in 2007, both at McMaster University.
Current teaching responsibilities include university- and placement-based clinical education courses, throughout all terms of the curriculum.
Lorie's clinical background is in community based occupational therapy in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec, with particular interest in pediatric populations in school health and palliative services. She has also focused on direct and consultation service in mental health, including correctional systems. Lorie is also currently a member of the MAC H2ope Clinic Executive Council.
Keywords: clinical education, global education, reflective experiential education
Research interests and involvement are centered in educational research including reflective journaling in the development of OT competencies, preparation with student occupational therapists for international placement experiences, student and faculty resilience, and capacity building in clinical education.
Lorie focuses on clinical education in her teaching roles, helping students build a foundation for competent, reflective practice in occupational therapy. Community engagement and innovative practice development are high priorities in which Lorie and students work to expand learning, competence, and professional paths.
Lorie is not taking graduate students.
Shimmell L, Al-Helo H, Demille K, Kandel-Lieberman D, Kremenovic M, Roorda K, Ryckman M, Bressler S, Ledgerd R, Baptiste S. (2016) Targeting the globe: Internationalization in occupational therapy education. WFOT Bulletin, 72(1), 16-23.
Jung B, Shimmell L, Stewart D, Gatti L, Venasse K, Plaisant L, Ledgerd R, and Baptiste S. (2015). Competency-based education: A survey study of international occupational therapy educational programmes. WFOT Bulletin, 71(1), 53-58.
Freeman M, Stewart D, Shimmell L, Missiuna C, Burke-Gaffney J, Jaffer S, & Law M. (2015). Development and evaluation of The KIT: Keeping It Together for Youth (the 'Youth KIT') to assist youth with disabilities in managing information. Child Care Health Dev, 41(2), 222-229.
Shimmell LJ, Gorter JW, Jackson D, Wright M, & Galuppi B. (2013). “It's the Participation that Motivates Him”: Physical activity experiences of youth with cerebral palsy and their parents. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr, 33(4), 405-420.