Cheryl Missiuna

Cheryl Missiuna

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


Cheryl Missiuna, Ph.D., OTReg (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. Cheryl's teaching and research interests focus on children and youth with special needs. Cheryl 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. Cheryl’s 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

Cheryl’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 taking new graduate students at this time.

Recent Publications

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Book Chapters

Missiuna C, Pollock N, & Siemon J. (2015). “I think I can!” Giving children a voice with the Perceived Efficiency and Goal Setting system. In Poulsen AA, Ziviani J, & Cuskelly M. (Eds.). Goal setting and motivation in Therapy: Engaging children and parents (pp.172-181). London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Missiuna C, Polatajko HJ & Pollock NA. (2015). Strategic management of children with developmental coordination disorder. In J. Cairney (Ed.), Developmental Coordination Disorder and its Consequences (pp. 215-252). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Journal Articles

Poole K, Schmidt L, Missiuna C, Saigal S, Boyle M, & Van Lieshout R. (2016). Childhood motor coordination and adult psychopathology in extremely low birth weight survivors. J Affect Disord, 190, 294-299.

Batorowicz B, King G, Mishra L, & Missiuna C. (2016). An integrated model of social environment and social context for pediatric rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil, 38(12), 1204-1215.

Cairney J, Missiuna C, Timmons BW, Rodriguez C, Veldhuizen S, King-Dowling S, Wellman S, & Le T. (2015). The Coordination and Activity Tracking in Children (CATCH) study: rationale and design. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1266.

King-Dowling S, Rodriguez M, Missiuna C, & Cairney J. (2015). Validity of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to detect risk of Developmental Coordination Disorder in preschoolers. Child Care Health Dev, 42(2), 188-194.

Missiuna C, Stewart D, & Dix, L. (2015). Innovative occupational therapy practices improve access to services for children and families. OT Now, 17(5), 27-28.

Joshi D, Missiuna C, Hanna S, Hay J, Faught BE, & Cairney J. (2015). Relationship between BMI, waist circumference, physical activity and probable developmental coordination disorder over time. Hum Mov Sci, 40, 237-247.

Missiuna C, Pollock N, Campbell W, Dix L, Sahagian Whalen S, & Stewart D. (2015). Partnering for change: embedding universal design into school-based occupational therapy. OT Now, 17(3), 13-15.

Poole K, Schmidt L, Missiuna C, Saigal S, Boyle M, & Van Lieshout R. (2015). Motor coordination difficulties in extremely low birth weight survivors across four decades. J Dev Behav Pediatr, 36(7), 521-528.

Kolehmainen N, Ramsay C, McKee L, Missiuna C, Owen C, & Francis J. (2015). Participation in physical play and leisure in children with motor impairments: mixed methods study to generate evidence for developing an intervention. Physical Therapy, 95(10), 1374-86.

DeMatteo C, McCauley D, Stazyk K, Harper J, Adamich J, Randall S, & Missiuna C. (2015). Post-concussion return to play and return to school guidelines for children and youth: A scoping methodology. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(12), 1107-12.

Camden C, Rivard L, Pollock N, & Missiuna C. (2015). Knowledge to practice in developmental coordination disorder: impact of an evidence-based online module on physical therapists’ self-reported knowledge, skills, and practice. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 35(2):195-210.

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


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


(905) 524-0069



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