Researcher

    Paula Rushton , Ph.D.

    paula.rushton@umontreal.ca
    Paula Rushton
    Research Axis
    Musculoskeletal Health, Rehabilitation and Medical Technologies
    Research Theme
    Pediatric rehabilitation and sports medicine
    Address
    CRME

    Phone
    514 374-1710 #8003

    Fax
    514 723-7116

    Title

    • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy program, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
    • Occupational Therapist

    Internship opportunity(ies)

    • No offer available at the moment

    Education

    • Postdoctorate, Research Center, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, University of Montreal, February 2014
    • Doctorate, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2010
    • Master of Clinical Science (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, 1999
    • Bachelor of Science (Biology and Psychology), Mount Allison University, 1993

    Research Interests

    Dr. Rushton’s research is focused on measurement, intervention, knowledge translation and education related to improving the wheeled mobility of both adults and children through an improved wheelchair service provision process. From the measurement, intervention and knowledge translation perspective, Rushton’s expertise lies in the domains of wheelchair skills and wheelchair confidence. From the education perspective, Rushton has been working with the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals Integration Sub-Committee (currently chair) to enhance wheelchair content in health care professional university curricula globally.

    Research Topics

    • Measurement and intervention related to wheelchair skills testing and training (Wheelchair Skills Program)
    • Measurement and intervention related to wheelchair confidence
    • Measurement, intervention, and technology development related to intelligent power wheelchairs
    • Knowledge translation of wheelchair skills and wheelchair confidence to clinicians
    • Enhancement of the wheelchair content in health care professional university curricula globally (International Society of Wheelchair Professionals)

    Awards and Distinctions

    • World Congress Best Paper Presentation Price in Advancing Education, International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress, 2017
    • Research Scholars Junior 1, Fonds de recherche du Québec en santé (FRQS), 2016-2020
    • Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation, le prix du Concours jeunes chercheurs au Congrès québécois de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation, 2015
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging), 2011-2014
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds de la recherché en santé Quebec, 2011-2013
    • PhD Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging), 2007-2010
    • Junior Graduate Studentship Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2007-2010
    • Strategic Training Fellowship (Musculoskeletal and Arthritis Institute), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007-2010

    Presentations

    Selected Invited Presentations

    • Rushton PW*. Enhancing wheelchair service provision education in health care professional university programs globally. McGill University Global Health Rehabilitation Initiative Meeting. Montréal, Québec, 19 Février 2018.
    • Rushton PW*. How wheelchair service training in academic settings can build national-level capacity. Workforce Development Panel. Wheelchair Stakeholder Meeting. Bangalore, Inde, 15 Janvier 2018.
    • Rushton PW*. Integration of wheelchair content into university curricula. Meeting on The Enhancement of Physiotherapy Programs through Networking in Conflict Affected Countries. Amman, Jordanie, 21-22 Novembre 2017.
    • Rushton PW*. A Power Wheelchair Outcomes Toolkit: overview and application. Superior Seating & Mobility Conference. Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1-3 Juin 2017.
    • Pearlman J*, Rushton PW, Seymour N, Toro M, Eitel S, Kandavel K, International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. Training on wheelchair provision and use in the curricula of rehabilitation professionals. Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action. World Health Organization, Genève, Suisse, 6-7 Février 2017.

    Selected Oral Presentations

    • Goldberg M*, Rushton PW*. Development of a wheelchair training toolkit. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America 2018 Annual Conference; Washington, D.C., États-Unis; 13-15 Juillet 2018. (Présentation orale par M Goldberg & PW Rushton)
    • Rushton PW*, Seymour N, Goldberg M, Shann S. Launch of Wheelchair Training Toolkit for Rehab Training Programs. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2018; Cape Town, Afrique du Sud; 21-25 Mai 2018. (Présentation orale par PW Rushton & M Goldberg)
    • Rushton PW*, Smith EM, Miller WC, Kirby RL, Demers L, Boronowski L, Rowe S, Sinanan S. Knowledge translation of the Wheelchair Skills Program in a Canadian rehabilitation centre. The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress 2017; Cape Town, Afrique du Sud; 8-11 Mai 2017, p. 283. (Présentation orale par PW Rushton)
    • Rushton PW*, Daoust G, Turcotte, P. Wheelchair Skills Training: university course vs. boot camp. International Seating Symposium; Nashville, Tennessee; 2-4 Mars 2017. (Présentation orale par G Daoust)
    • Rushton PW*, Integration Sub-Committee of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. A global description of wheelchair service education. International Seating Symposium; Nashville, Tennessee; 2-4 Mars 2017. (Présentation orale par PW Rushton)

    Selected Publications

    (Underlined names indicate students I have supervised, asterisks follow the senior or corresponding author)

    • Rushton PW*, Daoust G (2018). Wheelchair skills training for occupational therapy students: comparison of university-course versus “boot-camp” approaches. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol; 11: 1-7.
    • Lam JF, Gosselin L, Rushton PW* (2018). The use of virtual technology as an intervention for manual and power wheelchair skills training: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil; DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.02.007.
    • Rushton PW*, Smith EM, Miller WC, Kirby RL, Daoust G (2018). Reliability and responsiveness of the Self-Efficacy in Assessing, Training and Spotting wheelchair skills (SEATS) outcome measure. Disabil Rehab Assist Technol; DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2018.1428370.
    • Fung KH, Rushton PW*, Gartz R, Goldberg M, Toro ML, Seymour N, Pearlman J (2017). Wheelchair service provision education in academia. AJOD; 6(0), a340. https://doi. org/10.4102/ajod.v6i0.340.
    • Rushton PW*, Mortenson WB, Viswanathan P, Wang RH, Miller WC, Hurd Clarke L (2017). Intelligent power wheelchairs for residents in long-term care: potential users’ experiences and perceptions. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol; 12: 740-746.
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