Sandra Moll

Sandra Moll

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 23523
Fax: (905) 524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 439


Dr. Moll is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Her clinical expertise is in the area of mental health, based on over a decade of frontline work as an occupational therapist and case manager, primarily in community mental health settings.  She completed a PhD in critical social theory and public health at the University of Toronto.  Her doctoral dissertation focused on institutional forces shaping the experiences of healthcare workers with mental health and addictions issues.  She also completed a CHIR training fellowship related to mental health and addictions services and policy research.  Her primary expertise as an educator and researcher are in the fields of mental health/mental illness, and workplace health.

Dr. Moll teaches primarily in Year 2 of the Occupational Therapy professional masters program, including course coordination in Inquiry and PBT in both Terms 4 and 5.  In addition, she is the inter-professional education (IPE) representative for the Occupational Therapy program.  In the SRS graduate program, she teaches RS758; a course on Qualitative research methods for analyzing and interpreting data, and is a guest facilitator for an online course on work and health.

Research Expertise

Keywords: qualitative methods, workplace mental health, health promotion

Dr. Moll's research interests relate to mental health/mental illness, along the continuum from mental health promotion to illness intervention.  Her primary program of research focuses on workplace mental health, including approaches to building mental wellness and mental health literacy and reducing stigma in the context of work.  Recent projects include: a provincial study of the psychosocial vulnerabilities of young workers; mental health literacy training with healthcare workers; and a study of faculty-student interactions related to mental health in post-secondary education. Other areas of interest include occupation-based approaches to health promotion and psychotherapy interventions.  Her primary methodological expertise is in qualitative, participatory research.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Moll is the OT representative to PIPER, supporting inter-professional education within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her teaching expertise is primarily in the area of mental health policy, research and practice.  She also coordinates the SRS Qualitative Query sessions; a community of practice focusing on promotion of learning and dialogue regarding qualitative approaches to research in rehabilitation.

Graduate Students

Dr. Moll will consider taking 1-2 graduate students (MSc. Or PhD) this year. [Note: Will be on sabbatical from July 2017-July 2018]

Recent Publications

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Moll S, Detwiler L, Marshall C, Good C, Eisen S, & Tryssenaar, J. (Eds.) (2015).Compendium of counseling and psychotherapy resources for Ontario Occupational Therapists, 2nd edition. Toronto: Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.

Book Chapters

Gewurtz R, Moll S, Poole JM, Rebeiro Gruhl K. Qualitative research in mental health and mental illness. In: Olson K, Young RA, Schultz IZ, editors. Handbook of Qualitative Health Research for Evidence-based Practice. New York (NY): Springer; 2016. p. 203-223.

Moll S. (2015). Psychotherapy supervision. In Moll S, Detwiler L, Marshall C, Good C, Eisen S & Tryssenaar J. (Eds.) Compendium of counseling and psychotherapy resources for Ontario Occupational Therapists, 2nd edition. Toronto: Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.

Gewurtz R, Moll S, Poole J, & Rebeiro Gruhl K. (2015). Qualitative research in mental health and mental illness. In K. Olson, R. Young, & I.Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice (pp. 203-223). New York, NY: Springer.

Journal Articles

Hobbs S, Donais-Kersten K, Akhtar N, Garcha R & Moll S. (in press) Making the link: Incorporating e-mental health resources into youth mental health promotion. OT Now.

Höhl W, Moll S, Pfeiffer A. Occupational therapy interventions in the treatment of people with severe mental illness. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2017;30(4):300-5.

Stazyk K, DeMatteo C, Moll S, Missiuna C. Depression in youth recovering from concussion: correlates and predictors. Brain Inj. 2017;31(5):631-8.

Moll S, Muller M & Murray R. Mental illness: The ABC’s of Inclusion. Physiotherapy Practice, 2017;(March/April):35-39.

Moll S, Zanhour M, Patten SB, Stuart H, MacDermid J. Evaluating mental health literacy in the workplace: development and psychometric properties of a vignette-based tool. J Occup Rehabil. 2017. doi: 10.1007/s10926-017-9695-0 [epub ahead of print].

VanderKaay S, Moll S, Gewurtz R, Jindal P, Lyola-Sanchez A, Packham T, Lim CY. Qualitative research in rehabilitation science: opportunities, challenges, and future directions. Disabil Rehabi. 2016. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1261414 [epub ahead of print].

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.

Vajravelu S, O’Brien K, Moll S, Solomon P. The impact of the episodic nature of chronic illness: a comparison of Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). 2016. Edorium J Disabil Rehabil;2:53-65.

DiGiacomo A, Moll S, MacDermid J, Law M. Mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of symptoms of psychosis: a narrative systematic review. Can J Couns Psychother. 2016; 50(1):18.

Sinden K, MacDermid JC, Jenkyn TR, Moll S, D’Amico R. Evaluating the reliability of a marker-less, digital video analysis approach to characterize fire-fighter trunk and knee postures during a lift task: a proof-of-concept study. J Ergonomics. 2016;6(1):1000145.

Moll S, Frolic A, & Key B. (2015). Investing in compassion: exploring mindfulness as a strategy to enhance interpersonal relationships in healthcare practice, J Hosp Adm, 4(6), 36-45.

Moll S, Patten SB, Stuart H, Kirsh B, & MacDermid JC. (2015). Beyond silence: protocol for a randomized parallel-group trial comparing two approaches to workplace mental health education for healthcare employees. BMC Med Educ, 15(1), 78.

Macdonald ME, Kennedy K, Moll S, Pineda C, Mitchell LM, Stephenson PH, & Cadell S. (2015). Excluding parental grief: A critical discourse analysis of bereavement accommodation in Canadian labour standards. Work, 50(3), 511-526.

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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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