Currently accepting MSc and PhD students in the following areas of research:
· Coaching in occupational therapy practice
· Use of coaching in stroke rehabilitation
· Self-management support for people living with Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Kessler’s research focusses on understanding the experiences of people living with chronic health conditions, as well as developing and testing of interventions and models of care to improve community reintegration and participation in personally valued activities among people with chronic health conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s’ disease. Her research is centered on interventions and approaches that engage and empower the person to manage their care.
OT 827 Enabling Occupation in Older Adults
OT 853 Coaching and Counseling for Occupational Change
ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS (*denotes students)
*Ahmadi Kahjoogh M, Kessler D, Hosseini, SA, Rassafiani M, Khankeh H & Akbarfahimi N. Occupational Performance Coaching for Mothers of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2017;24
Kessler D & Liddy C. Self-management support programs for persons with Parkinson’s disease: An integrative review. Patient Education and Counseling. 2017; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.04.011
Kessler D, Egan M, Dubouloz C-J, McEwen S, Graham FP. Pilot trial findings of Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2017; 71, 7103190020p1-7103190020p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.024216
Kessler D & Liddy C. An integrative literature to examine the provision of self-management support following transient ischemic attack. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2016;Dec (on-line). DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13701
Egan M, Laliberte Rudman D, Ceci C, Kessler D, McGrath C, Gardner P, King J, Lanoix M, Malhotra R. Seniors, risk and rehabilitation: Broadening our thinking. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016;Jun 7: 1-8. 2016).
*Belliveau D, *Belliveau I, *Camire-Raymond A, Kessler D, & Egan M. Use of Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors (OPC-Stroke) in late rehabilitation: A descriptive case study. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2016;4(2):Article 7. DOI: 10.15453/2168-6408.1219.
Egan M, Kessler D, Ceci C, Laliberte Rudman D, McGrath C, Gardner P, Sikora L. Problematizing risk in stroke rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation.2016:38(23):2334-2344 DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1123304
Laliberte Rudman D, Egan M, McGrath C, Kessler D, Gardner P, King J & Ceci, C. Low vision rehabilitation, age-related vision loss and risk: A critical interpretive synthesis The Gerontologist.2016: 56(3):e32-45 DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnv685.
Egan M, Kubina LA, Dubouloz CJ, Kessler D, Kristjansson E, Sawada M. Very low neighbourhood income limits participation post stroke: preliminary evidence from a cohort study. BMC public Health. 2015 Jun 4;15(1):1.
Kessler D & Graham F. The use of coaching in occupational therapy: An integrative review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 2015; 62(3): 160-176. DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12175
Kessler D, Egan M, Dubouloz CJ, Graham F & McEwen S. Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors: A pilot randomized controlled trial protocol. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2014; 18(5): 279-288. DOI: 10.1177/0008417414545869
Egan M, Davis CG, Dubouloz CJ, Kessler D. & Kubina L.A. Participation and well-being post stroke: Evidence of reciprocal effect. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014; 95 (2): 262-268. DOI.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2013.08.013
Kessler D, Egan M & Kubina LA. Peer support for stroke survivors: A case study. BMC Health Services Research 2014; 14:256 (9 pages). DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-256
Kessler D, *Ines I, *Patel H, *Phillips M & Dubouloz CJ. Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors (OPC-Stroke): A feasibility evaluation. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics 2014; 32(1): 42-57. DOI: 10.3109/02703181.2013.873845
Davis CG, Egan M, Dubouloz CJ, Kubina LA, & Kessler D. Adaptation Following Stroke: A Personal Projects Analysis. Rehabilitation Psychology 2013;58(3): 287-298. DOI: 10.1037/a0033400
Kubina LA, Dubouloz CJ, Davis CG, Kessler D, Egan M. The process of re-engagement in personally valued activities during the two years following stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation 2013; 35(3): 236-243. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.691936
Kessler D & Egan, M. A review of measures to evaluate participation outcomes post stroke. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2012; 75(9): 403-411. DOI: 10.4276/030802212X13470263980757
Kessler D, Dubouloz CJ , Egan M & Urbanowski R. Meaning perspective transformation following stroke: The process of change. Disability and Rehabilitation 2009; 31(13): 1056-66. DOI: 10.1080/09638280802509512
Egan M, Kessler D, Laporte L, Metcalfe V & Carter M. A pilot randomized controlled trial of community-based, occupational therapy in late stroke rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2007; 14(5): 37-45. DOI: 10.1310/tsr1405-37
Martini R, Kessler D. Dynamic performance analysis. In M. Curtin, M. Egan & J. Adams (Eds.). Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: Promoting occupation and participation (7th ed.). 2017(pp. 207-16). London; Elsevier.
Kessler D, Sauvé-Shenk K & Metcalfe V. Practice scenarios for stroke. In M. Curtin, M. Egan & J. Adams (Eds.). Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: Promoting occupation and participation (7th ed.). 2017(on-line edition). London; Elsevier.
Kessler D, Walker I & Egan M. Client-centred occupation-focused goal setting conversations – What helps, what hinders? Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, June 21-14, 2107 (June 23). Charlottetown, PEI.
Kessler D, Cote D, Grimes D, Mestre T & Liddy C. Activation and Perception of Self-Management Support in a Parkinson’s Disease Tertiary Care Centre. University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Day, June 1, 2017, Ottawa, ON.
Kessler D, Liddy C. Self-management programs for persons with Transient Ischemic Attack or Parkinson's disease: An integrative literature review. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dec2016; 97(12): e37-e37.
Kessler D, Afkham AK, Bourgoin A, Gocan S, Hurtubise AJ, Sivakumar B, Windsor ME, Liddy C. Electronic referral to facilitate access to a Chronic Disease Self-Management program within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network following Transient Ischemic Attack. International Journal of Stroke; 2016 Sep 1 (Vol. 11, pp. 44-44).
Bonnell J, Kessler D, Orosz Z, Ozer R, Bartlett L, Donnelly B, Kucherepa N, Mageau-Pinard C, Tessier JA, Timpson D, Yang C. Integrating Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation Into Smaller Communities and Rural Areas. International Journal of Stroke 2016 Sep 1 (Vol. 11, pp. 17-17).
Kessler D, Egan M, Dubouloz CJ, Graham F & McEwen S. Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors: Preliminary results. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Winnipeg, MB, 2015
Kessler D, & Graham F. Coaching in occupational therapy: Current use, evidence and future directions. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Winnipeg, MB, 2015
Egan M, Rudman D, Ceci C, Kessler D & McGrath C. Moving beyond the risk of dependence to advance stroke rehabilitation. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Winnipeg, MB, 2015
*Phillips M, *Ineza I, *Patel H, Kessler D & Dubouloz, CJ. A Pilot Evaluation of Occupation Performance Coaching Intervention Following a Stroke. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Victoria, BC, 2013
Kessler D, Egan M & Kubina LA. Peer support for stroke survivors: A pilot evaluation (p1.109). Stroke 2013; 44: e174-e228. DOI: 10.1161/01.str.0000438095.11293.72
Egan MY, Dubouloz C, Kubina LA & Kessler D. Very low income and participation post stroke (P150) Stroke 2012; 43(11): e115–e162. DOI: 10.1161/01.str.0000422054.44193.87