Cheryl Missiuna

Cheryl Missiuna

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27842
Fax: 905-525-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 412


Dr. Missiuna, Ph.D., OT Reg. (Ont.) is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and a Scientist with CanChild, Centre for Childhood Disability Research and the Infant and Child Health Lab.  She also holds the John & Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research.  Dr. Missiuna's teaching and research interests focus on children and youth with special needs.  Dr. Missiuna researches models of health service delivery that encourage health promotion, early identification, the creation of supportive environments and prevention of secondary physical and mental health consequences for children with developmental coordination disorder.  Her interest in knowledge translation has led to the development of educational materials that facilitate knowledge transfer and uptake by different audiences including children and youth, families, teachers, primary care physicians, health professionals, policy and decision-makers.

Research Expertise

Keywords: developmental coordination disorder, health service delivery, knowledge transfer

Dr. Missiuna’s area of research involves rehabilitation services for children and youth with disabilities in school settings, developmental coordination disorder (DCD), implementation science and knowledge translation.

Graduate Students

Dr. Missiuna is not currently accepting graduate students.

Recent Publications

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Book Chapters

Dancza K, Missiuna C, Pollock N. Occupation‐centred practice: when the classroom is your client. In: Rodger S, Kennedy-Behr A, editors. Occupation-centred Practice with Children: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists. 2nd ed. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2017. p. 257-88.

Missiuna C, Rivard L, Campbell W. Developmental coordination disorder. In: Goldstein S and DeVries, editors. Handbook of DSM-5 Disorders in Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: Springer; 2017.

Rivard L, Pollock N, Siemon J, Missiuna, C. Developmental coordination disorder. In: Palisano RJ, Orlin MN & Schreiber J, editors. Campbell’s Physical Therapy for Children. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2017. p. 398-422.

Journal Articles

Pollock N, Dix L, Sahagian Whalen S, Campbell W & Missiuna C. Supporting occupational therapists implementing a capacity-building model in schools. Can J Occup Ther. 2017; doi: 0.1177/0008417417709483. [epub ahead of print].

Poole KL, Schmidt LA, Ferro MA, Missiuna C, Saigal S, Boyle MH, et al. Early developmental influences on self-esteem trajectories from adolescence through adulthood: Impact of birth weight and motor skills. Dev Psychopathol. 2017. Doi: 10.1017/S0954579417000505 [epub ahead of print].

Stazyk K, DeMatteo C, Moll S, Missiuna C. Depression in youth recovering from concussion: correlates and predictors. Brain Inj. 2017;31(5):631-8.

Cameron D, Craig T, Edwards B, Missiuna C, Schwellnus H, Polatajko HJ. Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP): a new approach for children with cerebral palsy. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2017;37(2):183-98.

Jeong Y, Law M, Stratford P, DeMatteo C, Missiuna C. Measuring participation of children and environmental factors at home, school, and in community: construct validation of the Korean PEM-CY. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2017;7:1-13.

Missiuna C, Pollock N, Campbell W, DeCola C, Hecimovich C, Sahagian Whalen S, et al. Using an innovative model of service delivery to identify children who are struggling in school. Br J Occup Ther. 2017;80(3):145-54.

King-Dowling S, Rodriguez MC, Missiuna C, Cairney J. Validity of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to detect risk of Developmental Coordination Disorder in preschoolers. Child Care Health Dev. 2016;42(2)188-94.

Campbell W, Kennedy J, Pollock N, Missiuna C. Screening children through response to intervention and dynamic performance analysis: the example of Partnering for Change. Invited. Curr Dev Disord Rep. 2016;3:200-5.

Camden C, Foley V, Anaby D, Shikako-Thomas K, Gauthier-Boudreault C, … Missiuna C, et al. Using an evidence-based online module to improve parents' ability to support their child with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Disabil Health J. 2016;9(3):406-15.

Campbell WN, Camden C, Missiuna C. Reflections on using a community-based and multisystem approach to transforming school-based intervention for children with developmental motor disorders. Invited. Curr Dev Disord Rep. 2016;3:129-37.

Batorowicz B, Stadskleiv K, von Tetzchner S, Missiuna C. Children who use communication aids instructing peer and adult partners during play-based activity. Augment Altern Commun. 2016;32(2):105-19.

Cairney J, Clinton J, Veldhuizen S, Rodriguez C, Missiuna C, Wade T, et al. Evaluation of the revised Nipissing District Developmental Screening (NDDS) tool for use in general population samples of infants and children. BMC Pediatr. 2016;16(1):42.

Rodrigues I, Missiuna C, MacDermid J. A theoretical perspective on exercise adherence and osteoporosis using the Theory of Planned Behaviour and Social Cognitive Theory. Crit Rev Phys Rehabil Med. 2016;28(1-2):141-53.

Cramm H, Krupa T, Missiuna C, Lysaght R, Parker K. The expanding relevance of executive functioning in occupational therapy: Is it on your radar? Aust Occup Ther J. 2016;63(3):214-7.

Poole KL, Schmidt LA, Missiuna C, Saigal S, Boyle MH, Van Lieshout RJ. Childhood motor coordination and adult psychopathology in extremely low birth weight survivors. J Affect Disord. 2016;190:294-9.

Batorowicz B, King G, Mishra L, Missiuna C. An integrated model of social environment and social context for pediatric rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(12):1204-15.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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