Shaminder Dhillon

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27815
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 427


Professor Dhillon has completed her post-secondary education at McMaster University in Biochemistry with a minor in Theme School on International Justice and Human Rights (1999), Occupational Therapy (2001) and Rehabilitation Science (2006).  Her thesis examined the role of occupational therapists in advocating with/for people with disabilities.  Clinically, she has provided occupational therapy services in the areas of forensic psychiatry and disability management.

Currently, Shami is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Her time is divided amongst: 1) teaching in the MSc Occupational Therapy Program; 2) teaching and coordinating the MSc Course-Based Rehabilitation Science Program, and 3) learning as a student in the PhD Program.

Research Expertise

Prof. Dhillon’s research interests focus on students with disabilities in post-secondary professional programs.  She has also explored advocacy, human rights, disability, and professional issues for occupational therapy.

Recent Publications

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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. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12541

Gewurtz RE, Coman L, Dhillon S, Jung B, Solomon P. Problem-based learning and theories of teaching and learning in health professional education. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 2016;4(1):59-70.

Dhillon S, Wilkins S, Stewart D, Law M. Understanding advocacy in action: a qualitative study. Br J Occup Ther. 2016;79(6):345-52.

Jung B, Baptiste S, Dhillon SK, Kravchenko T, Stewart D, & Vanderkaay S. (2014). The experience of student occupational therapists with disabilities in Canadian universities. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(1), 146-154.

Dhillon SK, & Dhiman R. (2012). Client-therapist ethnic concordance: Helpful or harmful? OT Now, 14(1), 28-29.

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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