Michelle Phoenix

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20836
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 411
Email: phoenimp@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Phoenix is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Dr. Phoenix practiced as a speech-language pathologist in the Waterloo Region, working with children birth to five years old and their families.  She completed her MHSc from Toronto in 2007 and her PhD in our Rehabilitation Science program in 2017.  She has an interest in parent engagement in children’s therapy service.  In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, spending time with her friends and family, travelling, trying new foods and reading.

Research Expertise

Keywords: therapeutic engagement, service delivery, family-centred care, qualitative methods, public engagement, pediatric rehabilitation, hard-to-reach families

Dr. Phoenix's research focuses on parent engagement in therapy, family-centred care, parent mental health, accessibility in service delivery, models of service delivery, and patient and public engagement in research.  She primarily does qualitative research, but has an interest in literature reviews and mixed methods research.  Michelle enjoys doing research on teams with community partners (including children, parents, clinicians, organizations, and academic partners).

Graduate Students

Dr. Phoenix is currently accepting one graduate student.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to phoenimp@mcmaster.ca.

Lab/Research Institute

CanChild Scientist

Recent Publications

View Dr. Phoenix's profile on ResearchGate

Book Chapter

Phoenix, M. (2016) Service provision for hard-to-reach families: What are our responsibilities? In P. Rosenbaum, G. Ronen, E. Racine, J. Johannesen, & B. Dan (Eds) Clinical Ethics in Child Health Principles and Cases in Neurodisability (pp. 193-201). London: Mac Keith Press.


Published Papers

Phoenix, M., Nguyen, T., Gentles SJ., VanderKaay, S., Cross, A., Nguyen, L. (2018) Using qualitative research perspectives to inform patient engagement in research. Research Involvement and Engagement, 4(20). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-018-0107-1

Phoenix, M. & Rosenbaum, P. (2017) Presenting the Model of Risk, Disability and Hard-to-Reach Families to inform early intervention services. Disability and Rehabilitation. Published online Sept 29, 2017

Phoenix, M. (2017) Establishing partnerships with parents in the provision of children’s speech-language therapy services. Communiqué. Retrieve from https://blog.sac-oac.ca/2017-isabel-richard-student-paper-award-winner-doctoral/

Phoenix, M., Fischer, L., Walsh, K., & Missiuna, C. (2017) Promoting a thoughtful approach when families miss their child’s occupational therapy appointments OT Now. In Press.

Phoenix, M., P. Rosenbaum, Watson, D., & Camden, C. (2016) The “5Rs of Reorganization”: A case report on service delivery reorganization within a paediatric rehabilitation organization. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics, 36(2), 217-228.

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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