Sandra Moll

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


Dr. Moll is an Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Her clinical and research expertise is in the area of mental health, building on over a decade of frontline clinical work and over two decades of applied research.  Her primary program of research focuses on mental health, along the continuum from mental health promotion to intervention and return to work, including young workers, students, healthcare providers and first responders.  She is interested in e-mental health initiatives, co-design approaches, education and counselling interventions, and advocacy for mental health policy change.  Many of her projects involve mixed methods, however her primary expertise is in qualitative, participatory approaches.

Research Expertise

Keywords: workplace mental health, m-health technology, health promotion, co-design with vulnerable populations, qualitative methods

Dr. Moll's primary program of research focuses on workplace mental health, with a particular interest in youth, healthcare workers, and first responders. Current projects include:

  • “Beyond Silence” - a series of mental health literacy training initiatives for healthcare workers, as well as an m-health app designed to promote early intervention and peer support.
  • “E-Ami” – Co-designing a smartphone application to prevent post-traumatic stress injury and promote peer-to-peer support for First Responders (Police, Fire, Paramedics, Corrections workers)
  • Enhancing healthy and productive work for young men and women with disabilities

Additional projects that she is leading include:

  • Co-design Hub – A transdisciplinary project focusing on engagement, education, capacity building, and innovation using co-design methods to promote health and social change with vulnerable populations
  • Psychotherapy & OT – National project exploring the knowledge, beliefs and psychotherapy practice patterns of Canadian occupational therapists
  • Do-Live-Well – Knowledge translation to advance health promotion from an occupational perspective

Teaching Interests

In the RS program, Dr. Moll teaches an advanced course in Qualitative Analysis, and co-coordinate Qualitative Query; a monthly seminar series focusing on qualitative research.

In the Occupational Therapy program, Dr. Moll teaches primarily in year 2, including Inquiry courses that focus on health systems, and healthcare entrepreneurship, as well as PBT coordination.  She is also the Inter-professional education lead for the Occupational Therapy program.

Graduate Students

Dr. Moll will consider taking 1 or 2 Masters or PhD students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Lab/Research Institute

See the following websites for more information about current projects: or Twitter: @DoLiveWell1 #DoLiveWell

Recent Publications

*Graduate student projects

*Vanderkaay, S., Letts, L., Jung, B. & Moll, S. (2019). Continuing Competency in Ethical Decision-Making: An Interpretive Description of Occupational Therapists’ Perspectives. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Mulvale, G., Moll, S. & Miatello, A., Murray-Leung, L., Rogerson, K. & Sassi, R.B.  (2019). Co-Designing Services for Youth with Mental Health Issues: Novel Elicitation Approaches.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18(2), 1-13. doi: 10.1177/1609406918816244

Moll, S., Heino, C., Leblanc, A., Kalef, L., Beck, L. (2019). Workplace mental health: Current practice and support needs of Ontario occupational therapists. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy,85(5), 408-417.

Mulvale, G., Moll, S., Miatello, A., Robert, G., Larkin, M., Palmer, V., Powell, A., Gable, C., Girling, G. (2019). Co-designing health and other public services with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations: Insights from an International Collaboration, Health Expectations, 1–14.

*Dhillon, S., Dix, L., Baptiste, S., Moll, S., Stroinska, M., & Solomon, P. (2018). Internationally educated occupational therapists transitioning to practice in Canada: A qualitative study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 66(3), 274-282. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12541

*Vanderkaay, S., Jung, B., Letts, L. & Moll, S. (2018). On-Line Ethics Education for Occupational Therapy Clinician-Educators: A Single-Group Pre- Post Test Study.  Disability and Rehabilitation, [E-pub ahead of print]

*Vanderkaay, S., Letts, L., Jung, B. & Moll, S. (2018). Doing what’s right: A grounded theory of ethical decision-making in occupational therapy.  Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. [e-pub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2018.1464060

Moll S, Patten SB, Stuart H, Kirsh B, & MacDermid JC. (2018). Beyond silence: A randomized parallel-group trial exploring the impact of workplace mental health literacy training with healthcare employees, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 63(12), 826–833.  DOI: 10.1177/0706743718766051

Moll, S., VandenBussche, J., Brooks, K., Kirsh, B., Stuart, H., Patten, SB. & MacDermid, JC. (2018). Workplace mental health training in healthcare: Key ingredients of implementation, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 63(12), 834–841.  DOI: 10.1177/0706743718762100

*Vanderkaay, S., Moll, S., Gewurtz, R., Jindal, P., Loyola-Sánchez, A., Packham, T. & Lim, C. (2018) Qualitative Research in Rehabilitation Science: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions, Disability & Rehabilitation 40(6), 705-713. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1261414

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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