This text focuses on how environments (physical, social, cultural and institutional) can be used by occupational therapists to enable occupational performance with all clients. It should provide a framework to think about how environments fit into occupational therapy theory and practice.
Lori Letts, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) Lori Letts, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor within the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1987. In 1991, she received a Master of Arts with a joint degree in Gerontology and Regional Planning and Resource Development. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies at York University, Canada. Her research and practice interests include aging, environment (theory, assessment, intervention), health promotion, community rehabilitation, evidence-based practice, program evaluation, and participatory research. Patty Rigby, MHSc, OT Reg. (Ont.) Patty Rigby, MHSc, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is also the Research Coordinator for Occupational Therapy at Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre in Toronto. She completed her undergraduate studies in occupational therapy at the University of Alberta in 1976, and in 1991 received a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her research and practice interests include enabling childhood occupations such as play and school productivity, assistive technology for children, environment (theory, assessment, and intervention), and cost-utility evaluation of assistive technology. Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.) Debra Stewart, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and a Co-Investigator at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1976, and has worked clinically in the field of pediatrics for many years. In 1998, she received her Master of Science degree in Design, Measurement, and Evaluation at McMaster University. Debra's research interests include person-environment relations in occupational therapy, evidence-based practice, and the experiences of young people with disabilities in transition from adolescence to adulthood.