Jocelyn Harris

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27813
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 438


Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and teaches in the MSc (OT) program.  She graduated from the McMaster OT program in 1995 and has a Masters and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia with a focus on stroke recovery.  Dr. Harris completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute specializing in traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Harris' clinical interests have varied over the course of her career having included mental health, geriatrics, and vocational rehabilitation.  Over the past 10 years her professional and research career has involved working with adults with neurological conditions in inpatient rehabilitation.  She is interested in clinically driven research and promoting research in occupational therapy practice.

Research Expertise

Keywords: stroke, traumatic brain injury, care of critically ill adults, gender

Dr. Harris is particularly interested in developing treatment interventions that will maintain and promote recovery for individuals after stroke and traumatic brain injury.  She is interested in sensori-motor recovery post stroke and the development of interventions that utilize motor learning and task-oriented practice.  Current research focuses on return to driving intervention, measurement of upper limb performance, and motivation to engage in rehabilitation in neurological populations.  Developing and exploring the role of occupational therapy in caring for critically ill adults and examining gender based differences in recovery from neurological conditions is a growing research area.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Harris teaches topic areas of neuro-rehabilitation across the curriculum. She is interested in evolving teaching methods within problem based learning and tutorials.  In the OT program, she teaches mainly in the Professional Reasoning and Skills courses as well as Problem Based Tutorials.

Graduate Students

Dr. Harris is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Kusec A, Dematteo C, Velikonja D, Harris JE. (n press). What's Your Motivation? Measures of Motivation and Engagement after Acquired Brain Injury. Rehabilitation Psychology.

Choo X, Richardson, Bosch J, Stratford P, Harris JE. (in press). Comparison of the sensitivity to change of the Functional Independence Measure with the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills within different rehabilitation populations. Clinical Rehabilitation,

Choo XS, Ng CJN, Fayed N, Harris JE. (in press) The use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) in the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of outcome measures. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation.

Johnson D, Stratford P, Richardson J, Harris JE. (in press) Psychometric Properties of 3 Shortened Versions of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory in an Acquired Brain Injury Population. Canadian Journal of Physical Therapy.

Johnson D, Harris JE, Stratford P, Richardson J. Inter-rater reliability of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017;40(2):201-9.

Cammarata M, Mueller AS, Harris JE, Vrkljan B. The role of the occupational therapist in driver rehabilitation after stroke. Phys Occup Ther Geriatr. 2017;35(1):20-33.

Levac DE, Glegg SMN, Sveistrup J, Colquhoun H, Miller P, Finestone J, … Harris JE, et al. Promoting therapists’ use of motor learning strategies within virtual reality-based stroke rehabilitation. PLoS One. 2016;11(12):e0168311.

Levac D, Glegg SM, Sveistrup H, Colquhoun H, Miller PA, Finestone H, DePaul V, Harris JE, Velikonja D. A knowledge translation intervention to enhance clinical application of a virtual reality system in stroke rehabilitation. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16(1):557.

Harris JE, Mays J, Ratcliff G, Chase S, Vemich L, Colantonio A. (2016). Level of agreement of occupational titles between persons with traumatic brain injury and their informants. Work, 53(3), 561-567.

Toor GK, Harris JE, Escobar M, Yoshida K, Velikonja D, Rizoli S, et al. Long-term health service outcomes among women with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016;97(2 suppl):S54-S63.

Paquin K, Crawley J, Harris JE, Horton S. Survivors of chronic stroke – participant evaluations of commercial gaming for rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(21):2144-52.

Harris JE, Hebert A. (2015) Utilization of motor imagery in upper limb rehabilitation: a systematic scoping review. Clin Rehabil, 29(11), 1092-1107.

General Information

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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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