Jocelyn Harris

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


Jocelyn is an Associate Professor in the school of rehabilitation sciences 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. Jocelyn completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute specializing in traumatic brain injury.

Jocelyn’s 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

Jocelyn 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

Jocelyn 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 will not be taking Graduate Students at this time.

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Johnson D, Harris JE, Stratford P, Richardson J. Inter-rater reliability of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017;40(2):201-209

Cammarata M, Mueller AS, Harris JE, Vrkljan B. The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Driver Rehabilitation After Stroke, Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, 2017;35:1, 20-33,

Johnson D, Harris JE, Stratford P, Richardson J. Inter-Rater Reliability of 3 Versions of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory. (in press). Physiotherapy Canada, May, 2017

Choo SX, Ng CJN, Harris JE. (in press). Conceptual equivalence of cross-culturally adapted outcome measures using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Framework. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, June 2017.

Levac D, Glegg S, Sveistrup H, Colquhoun H, Miller P, Harris JE. (in press) Promoting therapists’ use of motor learning strategies within virtual reality-based stroke rehabilitation. PLOS One

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 Oct 6;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, Cusimano M, Cullen N, Sokoloff S, & Colantonio A. (2016). Long-term health service outcomes among women with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabi, 97(2 Suppl), S54-S63.

Paquin K, Crawley J, Harris JE, Horton S. (2016). Survivors of chronic stroke – participant evaluations of commercial gaming for rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil, 38(21), 2144-2152.

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

Richardson J, Loyola-Sanchez A, Sinclair S, Harris JE, Letts L, MacIntyre NJ, Wilkins S, Burgos-Martinez G, Wishart L, McBay C, & Martin Ginis K. (2014). Self-management interventions for chronic disease: a systematic scoping review. Clin Rehabil, 28(11), 1067-1077.

Connell LA, McMahon NE, Harris JE, Watkins CL, & Eng JJ. (2014). A formative evaluation of the implementation of an upper limb stroke rehabilitation intervention in clinical practice: a qualitative interview study. Implement Sci, 9(1), 90.

Bosch PR, Harris JE, Wing K, on behalf of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Movement Interventions Subcommittee. (2014). Review of therapeutic electrical stimulation for dorsiflexion assist and orthotic substitution from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Movement Interventions Subcommittee. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 95(2), 390-396.

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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