Lori Letts

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27816
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 403/F
Email: lettsl@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Letts is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and Assistant Dean of the Occupational Therapy Program.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  After working as an occupational therapist in general rehabilitation, long term care, and with clients in the community, she returned to graduate school.  In 1991, she received a Master of Arts with a joint degree in Gerontology and Regional Planning and Resource Development.  Her thesis examined environmental influences on the functional abilities of older adults.  Following that, she worked as Researcher with Community Occupational Therapists and Associates in Toronto, and was also the Assistant National Coordinator of the CAOT Seniors' Health Promotion Project.  She completed doctoral studies in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in 2002.  The focus of her doctoral dissertation was on the use of participatory research and community organizing as means to promote health with older adults in the city of Toronto.

Current research focuses on adults and older adults with chronic illnesses and helping them to manage their conditions in the context of the community.  This involves work in primary care and other community settings. She is also involved in research to identify and intervene in preventative ways so that people’s engagement occupation and health are optimized.  Dr. Letts is also currently a member of the MAC H2OPE clinic Executive Council.

Research Expertise

Dr. Letts' research interests include:

• environments,
• health promotion,
• primary health care,
• aging,
• community rehabilitation,
• participatory research,
• social change and
• community organizing

Graduate Students

Dr. Letts is willing to take on supervision and/or committee membership for 1-2 graduate students (masters or doctoral level).  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to lettsl@mcmaster.ca.

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Letts L, Bosch J. Measuring Occupational Performance in Basic Activities of Daily Living. In: Law M, Baum C, & Dunn W, editors. Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy. 3rd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc; 2017.

Donnelly C, Shulha L, Klinger D, Letts L. Using program evaluation to support knowledge translation in an interprofessional primary care team: a case study. BMC Fam Pract. 2016;17:142.

Gewurtz R, Moll S, Letts L, Lariviere N, Levasseur M, Krupa T. What you do everyday matters: A new direction for health promotion. Can J Public Health. 2016;102(2):e205-e208.

Donnelly C, Leclair LL, Wener PF, Hand CL, Letts L. Occupational therapy in primary care: results from a national survey. Can J Occup Ther. 2016;83(3):135-42.

Richardson J, DePaul V, Officer A, Wilkins S, Letts L, Bosch J & Wishart L. (2015) Development and evaluation of Self-Management and Task-Oriented Approach to Rehabilitation Training (START) in the home: Case report. Phys Ther, 95(6), 934-943.

Richardson J, Loyola-Sanchez A, Sinclair S, Harris J, 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.

Donnelly CA, Brenchley CL, Crawford CN, & Letts L. (2014). The emerging role of occupational therapy in primary care. Can J Occup Ther, 81(1), 51-61.

Donnelly C, Letts L, Klinger D, & Shulha L. (2014). Supporting Knowledge Translation Through Evaluation: Evaluator as Knowledge Broker. Can J Program Eval, 29(1), 36-61.

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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