Kingsotn, Ontario – Canada
Dr. Kessler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, Canada. She trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Manitoba and received her MSc. at Dalhousie University. She completed her PhD at the University of Ottawa with Dr. Mary Egan. For her doctoral thesis she piloted a coaching intervention, Occupational Performance Coaching, designed to help persons living with the experience of stroke develop skills and competencies to manage their own return to life participation. During her Doctoral studies, Dr. Kessler was the recipient of the CIHR Vanier Canada Scholarship. Dr. Kessler did postdoctoral fellowships in Primary Care at the Bruyère Research Institute with Dr. Clare Liddy and at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care with Dr. Deirdre Dawson.
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.
Wednesday, November 6
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM