Sue Baptiste

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 27804
Fax: (905) 524-0069
Office: Rm.415, IAHS


Sue Baptiste is a full Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Professor Baptiste completed her professional program in occupational therapy in England and shortly after graduation, immigrated to Canada where she has stayed throughout her career.

Sue was the President for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, from October 2010 until September 30th 2012. She is currently the Vice President for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists for two more years following an initial four-year term that commenced June 2012; her incumbency will conclude in 2018.

Sue is known particularly for her work as one of a team of six occupational therapists who developed the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), an outcome measure used in over 40 countries and translated into 34 languages currently. In addition, she has consulted around the world in curriculum development and problem-based learning, working with many professions including medicine, dentistry, naturopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, nursing, veterinary medicine, border services, police forces and many others.

Professor Baptiste has carried over $4 million research funds over the past seven years as principal or co-principal investigator, with the main focus on working with internationally educated health professionals to enable a smoother transition into their professions in Canada. She is very committed to enhancing cross-cultural understanding with the concept of acculturation guiding all areas of inquiry. In addition, Sue is engaged in research exploring and developing innovative service models and roles for occupational therapists including working with: aboriginal peoples, the homeless, marginalized populations, accessibility and human rights. Most recently, Sue is chairing the McMaster working group for developing the Academic Accommodation Policy for the university at large. This dovetails very well with Sue’s previous engagement in campus and community accessibility.


Sue is committed strongly to the exploration of acculturation as a central construct for societal change

  • Professional development, competence and self-assessment.
  • Acculturation as a critical concept for analyzing societal systems such as health care.
  • Client-centred practice and service delivery systems.
  • Cross-cultural application of client-centred principles enabling the acculturation process
  • Faculty and student development in their roles within problem-based, learner-centred contexts.

Teaching Interests

Sue is an avid supporter of problem-based, learner-centred models of pedagogy. She uses these approaches in all formats from dyads to very large groups. Seeing learners come to terms with new knowledge and become enthused by it is a very special privilege teachers are fortunate to experience.


  • Problem-based, learner-centred models.
  • Preparing learners for changing roles in health care.
  • The unique contributions of occupational therapy in emerging client-centred healthcare organizations and community services.
  • Understanding the importance of culture in clinical and professional relationships and health service delivery.

Recent Publications

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Book Chapters

Baptiste SE. Career and Leadership; a personal narrative. (2015) In Winston, K., Dunston, S. (Eds), Leadership in Occupational Therapy Professional Development. Slack Publications, Thorofare, NJ.

Nguyen T, Baptiste SE. (2014) An innovative lens for comprehending the human experience in society: An analysis of acculturation. In: Merton J (Ed), Acculturation: Psychology, processes and global perspectives (pp. 195-205). New York, NY: Nova Publications, Inc.

Journal Articles

Newbigging C, Stewart D, Baptiste S. Spirituality in occupational therapy: Enhancing our practice through the use of the Four Domains Model. OT Now. 2017;19(1):13-15.

Mackenzie L, Coppola S, Alvarez L, Cibule L, Maltsev S, Loh SY, … Baptiste S, et al. International occupational therapy research priorities: a Delphi study. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 2017;37(2):72-81.

Marquis E, Jung B, Fudge Schormans A, Lukmanji S, Wilton R, Baptiste S. Developing inclusive educators: Enhancing the accessibility of teaching and learning in higher education. International Journal for Academic Development. 2016;21(4):337-49.

Marquis E, Fudge Schormans A, Jung B, Vietinghoff C, Wilton R, Baptiste S. Charting the landscape of accessible education for students with disabilities at one Ontario university. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. 2016;5(2):42-71.

Shimmell L, Al-Helo H, Demille K, Kandel-Lieberman D, Kremenovic M, Roorda K, … Baptiste S, et al. Targeting the globe: internationalisation in occupational therapy education. WFOT Bulletin. 2016;72(1):16-23.

Prodinger B, Darzins S, Baptiste S. (2015). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): Opportunities and challenges to the use of ICF for occupational therapy. WFOT Bulletin, 71(2), 108-114.

Jung B, Shimmell L, Stewart D, Gatti L, Venasse K, Plaisant L, Ledgerd R, and Baptiste S. (2015). Competency-based education: A survey study of international occupational therapy educational programmes. WFOT Bulletin, 71(1), 53-58.

Nguyen T, & Baptiste SE. (2015). Innovative practice: exploring acculturation theory to advance rehabilitation from pediatric to adult "cultures" of care. Disabil Rehabil, 37(5), 456-463.

Nguyen T, Baptiste SE, Jung B, & Wilkins S. (2014). A new comprehension and communication tool: a valuable resource for internationally educated occupational therapists. Aust Occup Ther J, 61(3), 140-147.

Jung B, Baptiste SE, Dhillon S, 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.

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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