Evelyne Durocher

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 22523
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 428
Email: durochee@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Durocher is an Occupational Therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  After graduating with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Durocher worked with older adults in inpatient rehabilitation and complex continuing care.  Through these experiences, she became particularly attuned to ethical complexities inherent in health and social care, and in particular in older adult health care and social services.  Dr. Durocher thus pursued her doctorate examining ethical issues in discharge planning with older adults.

Her program of research is focused on questions of occupation, autonomy, vulnerability, equity, justice, risk and safety in relation to health and social services with older adults.  In her work she examines misalignments between perspectives and mandates, and the ethical implications and impacts of these on various stakeholders.  She hopes to contribute to improving the lives as well as the health and social care experiences of older adults, their family members and healthcare professionals alike.

Dr. Durocher is also interested in ethical questions in practice in countries in the global south such as Rwanda.

Research Expertise

Dr. Durocher's research interests include:

Ethical issues in occupational therapy and rehabilitation practice

Older adult health and social care

Older adult health and well-being

Occupational justice

Occupational science

Feminist ethics

Relational autonomy

Ethics in practice in developing countries

Health and social care policy

Qualitative research methods

Critical perspectives in research

Graduate Students

Dr. Durocher is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to durochee@mcmaster.ca.

Teaching Interests

Occupational therapy with the older adult population

Occupational therapy theory

Qualitative research methods

Recent Publications

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Durocher, E., Kinsella, E., A., Rappolt, S., Gibson, B.E. & Ells, C. (In Press). Engaging older adults in discharge planning: Case studies illuminating approaches adopted by family members that promote autonomy. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Durocher, E., Wang, R., Bickenbach, J., Schreiber, D., & Wilson, M. (2017). “Just Access”? Questions of equity in access and funding for assistive technology. Ethics and Behaviour. (Latest articles).

Durocher, E., Rappolt, S., & Gibson, B. E. (2017). Mediators of older adults’ marginalization in discharge planning. Ageing and Society 37(9), 1747-1769.

Durocher, E., Chung, R., Rochon, C., Henrys, J.H., Olivier, C. & Hunt, M. (2017). Ethical questions identified in a study of local and expatriate perspectives of vulnerability in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Journal of Medical Ethics 43(9), 613-617.

Durocher, E., Gibson, B. E. & Rappolt, S. (2017). Rehabilitation as destination triage: A critical examination of discharge planning. Disability and Rehabilitation 39(13), 1271-1278.

Kinsella, E.A., & Durocher, E. (2016). Occupational justice: Moral imagination, critical reflection and political praxis. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (36)4, 163-166.

Durocher, E., Kinsella, E.A., McCorquodale, L. & Phelan, S. (2016). Ethical tensions related to systemic constraints: Occupational alienation in occupational therapy practice. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (36)4, 216-226.

Durocher, E., Chung, R., Rochon, C. & Hunt, M. (2016). Understanding and addressing vulnerability in the 2010 Haiti earthquake: Applying a feminist lens to perspectives of Haitian and expatriate healthcare providers and decision-makers. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 8(2), 171-197.

Hudon, A., Perreault, K., Laliberté, M., Desrochers, P., Williams-Jones, B., Ehrmann Feldman, D., Hunt, M. & Durocher, E. (2016). Ethics teaching in rehabilitation: A qualitative description of a pan-Canadian workshop with occupational and physical therapy educators. Disability and Rehabilitation 38(22), 2244-2254.

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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