Sonia Gulati

Department of Health Sciences

Phone:613-520-2600 x 6012
Office:Room HS-3302, Health Sciences Building

Research Interests

I joined the new and growing Department of Health Sciences at Carleton in 2016.  I value being in a position that provides me the opportunity to work with students and faculty to shape the learning environment.  I teach mainly in the Global Health and Disability & Chronic Illness Concentrations.  I am also responsible for developing research-based field placements locally, nationally, and internationally for undergraduate students.  My primary research interests are in the following areas: community-based rehabilitation programs in underserved areas, children/youth with disabilities, assistive technology in special education, therapeutic communication, and action research methodologies.

I have been a registered Occupational Therapist since 2003.  Clinically, most of my experience has been in hospital settings working with adults/older adults in acute care, complex continuing care, geriatric rehabilitation, and outpatient vocational rehabilitation.  I value the therapist-client relationship and feel that it makes a significant contribution to my understanding of the challenges that people face when living with an illness or a disability.


As an educator, I have a strong interest in classroom instruction and experiential learning.  Specifically, I am interested in exploring how to make field placement education – in non-clinical undergraduate health sciences programs – more accessible for students with chronic health conditions or disabilities.

Given my previous work in underserved regions, I continue to be interested in exploring ways to make the research process more accessible for children and youth with disabilities.  In the past, I used a range of participatory data collection methods when carrying-out research with children and youth with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities.

Furthermore, given my research and clinical experience, I have a special interest in exploring the challenges experienced by newcomers when accessing health services in Canada.

Selected Publications

Wiley, B., Cameron, D., Gulati, S., & Hogg, A. (2014). Exploring the use of tablets (iPads) with children and young adults with disabilities in Trinidad. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. doi:10.3109/17483107.2014.914251

Gulati, S., Watt, L., Shaw, N., Sung, L., Poureslami, I., Klaassen, R., Dix, D. B., & Klassen, A. F. (2012). Communication and language challenges experienced by Chinese and South Asian immigrant parents of children with cancer in Canada: Implications for health services delivery. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 58(4), 572-578.

Klassen, A., Gulati, S., Watt, L., Banerjee, A., Sung, L., Klaassen, R., Dix, D., Poureslami, I., & Shaw, N. (2012). Immigrant to Canada, newcomer to childhood cancer: A qualitative study of challenges faced by immigrant parents. Psycho-Oncology, 21(5), 558-562.

Gulati, S., Paterson, M., Medves, J., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2011). Adolescent group empowerment: Group-centred occupations to empower adolescents with disabilities in the urban slums of North India. Occupational Therapy International, 18(2), 67-84.

Gulati, S., Paterson, M., Medves, J., & Luce-Kapler, R. (2011). Reflecting on the methodological aspects of a critical ethnographic approach used to inform change for adolescents with disabilities. The Qualitative Report, 16(2), 523-562.