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Dr. Setareh Ghahari BSc, MSc, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dr. Setareh  Ghahari
Associate Professor
Contact Info
Louise D. Acton Building, CEC, Room 207
Internal telephone extension: 36789
External telephone: 613-533-6789
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Associate Professor

Contact Info

Louise D. Acton Building, CEC, Room 207

Internal telephone extension: 36789

External telephone: 613-533-6789


My research has focused primarily on development and evaluation of interventions to support individuals in gaining knowledge, skills and confidence needed to manage their health conditions and access and navigate services and opportunities.  My program of research has focused specifically on two populations: (1) people who live with chronic health conditions and (2) immigrants, a population who experience many access barriers.

Currently accepting one MSs/PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow in the following area of research:

Immigrants’ health and wellness


I teach Cognitive-neurological Determinants in the Occupational Therapy program, and Critical Inquiry Foundations for occupational therapy and physical therapy students. I also teach Chronic Disease Self-management to Aging and Health program students.

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Nuri RP, Ghahari S, Aldersey HM, Huque AS (2020) Exploring access to government-led support for children with disabilities in Bangladesh. PLOS ONE 15(7): e0235439.
  2. Matthew Plow, M, Packer, TL, Mathiowetz, V., Preissner , K.,  Ghahari, S., Sattar, A.,  Bethoux, F (2020). REFRESH protocol: A noninferiority randomized clinical trial comparing internet and teleconference to in-person “Managing Fatigue” interventions on the impact of fatigue among persons with multiple sclerosis. BMJ Open 2020;10:e035470    

  1. Ghahari, S., Burnett, S., Alexander L. (2020). Development and pilot testing of a health education program to improve immigrants’ access to the Canadian Health services. BMC Health Services Research.  BMC Health Services Research. V. 20, issue 321, pages 1 -12. (Open Access).  
  2. Adugna, M., Shehata, S., Nabbouh, F, and Ghahari, S. (2020). Barriers and Facilitators to Healthcare Access for Children with Disabilities in Low and Middle income sub-Saharan African Countries. (Open Access) BMC Health Services Research, v.20, Issue 1,  pages1-11.    
  3. Ghahari, S., Lui, J., Nagra, S., & Morassaei, S. (2019). The Life Experiences of Refugees in Canada: A Comprehensive Scoping Review to Identify Unmet Needs and Barriers. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 1-13.
  4. Hynes, S, Ghahari, S., Forwell, S. (2019). “Waiting for Science to Catch up with Practice”: More Cautious Trend in Social Media Discussions of CCSVI Treatment for MS. Informatics for Health and Social Care. p. 327-37. DOI:
  5. Ghahari, S., Forwell, S., Suto, M., Morassaei, S. (2019). Multiple sclerosis self-management model: personal and contextual requirements for successful self-management. Patient Education and Counseling. Patient Education and Counselling. v.102 (5), May 2019, p.1013-20, DOI:
  6. Audulv, A., Ghahari, S., Kephart, G., Warner, G., Packer, TL (2019). The taxonomy of everyday self-management strategies (TEDSS): A framework derived from the literature and refined using empirical data. Patient Education and Counselling, v.102, p.367-75. DOI:
  7. Nuri RP, Aldersey HM, Ghahari S. (2019). Needs of families of children with cerebral palsy in Bangladesh: A qualitative study. Child Care Health Dev. v. 45 (1); 36-44. DOI:  
  8. Saberi, H., Vosoughi, F., Derakhshanrad, N., Yekaninejad M.S., Hussainkhan, Z., Kohan, A.H., Parvaneh, S., Ghahari, S., Fereydoon, A., Vosoughi, F. (2018). Development of Persian version of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure III Assessed by Interview: A Psychometric Study. Spinal Cord Journal. DOI:
  9. Ghahari, S. & Forwell, S. (2016). Social media representation: CCSVI theory for MS as an example. International Journal of MS Care, 18 (2): 49–57. DOI:
  10. Kalich, A., Heinemann L. & Ghahari, S. (2016). A scoping review of immigrant experience of health care access barriers in Canada. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. June 18(3): 697–709. DOI: http://10.1007/s10903-015-0237-6 
  11. Ghahari, S., Packer, T.L., Boldy, D., Melling, L., & Parsons, R. (2015). Comparing effectiveness of generic and disease-specific self-management interventions for people with diabetes in a practice context. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 39 (5): 420–427, DOI: http://10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.04.007 
  12. Packer, T.L., Kephart, G., Ghahari, S., Audulv, A., Versnel, J., & Warner, G. (2015). The Patient Activation Measure: A validation study in a neurological population. Quality of Life Research. DOI: https://10.1007/s11136-014-0908-0
  13. Parvaneh, S., Cocks, E., Buchanan, A., & Ghahari, S. (2015). Development of a fidelity measure for community integration programmes for people with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 29 (3)  DOI: http://10.3109/02699052.2014.976592


Current students

Molalign Adugna (PhD – Rehabilitation Science Program): The Influence of Stigma on Educational Participation among Children with Physical Disabilities in Northwest Ethiopia

Sara Morassaei (PhD – Aging and Health Program): Characteristics of aging immigrants who live with chronic conditions and are planning to have early retirement in comparison to their Canada-born counterparts

Terry Landry (DSc – Rehabilitation and Health Leadership Program) - Strategies for Delivery of Collaborative Mental Health Services in Rural Ontario Primary Care Settings: an Exploratory Study

Selamawit Workeneh Kassa (PhD – Rehabilitation Science Program) - TBD

Sharon Randhawa (DSc – Rehabilitation and Health Leadership Program) - TBD

Thanusha Kathiravel (PhD – Rehabilitation Science Program) - TBD

Current projects

  1. Identifying and mitigating educational challenges that refugee youth face during Covid-19 pandemic
  1. Identifying impact of COVID-19 crisis on income and food security of newcomers to Canada
  1. Engaging patients with early signs of cardiovascular diseases in healthy aging interventions: An online education initiative for healthcare providers
  1. Accessing Community Help for Immigrants: Empowerment, Voice & Enablement
  1. Accommodation quality and Academic Success of Students with Disabilities in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: Current Practices, Barriers, and Challenges