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Sonia Gulati

Instructor and Field Placement Advisor

Degrees:BSc.OT (Queen's), PhD (Queen's, School of Rehabilitation Therapy)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6012
Office:3302 Health Sciences Building

Primary Fields of Specialization:

Disability, Global Health, Children & Youth with Disabilities, and Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR)


HLTH1001: Principles of Health
HLTH3101: Global Health
HLTH3503: Chronic Illness & Disability
HLTH4503: Trauma -related Illness & Disability
HLTH4906: Capstone-Research Essay
HLTH4909: Capstone-Field Placement

 Academic Interests:

My primary research interests are in the following areas: global health, community-based health programs in marginalized areas, children/youth with disabilities, assistive technology in special education, therapeutic communication, and action research methodologies.  I completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research and Pediatric Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University.  Currently, I am working on a project where the overall aim of the research is to develop a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for children/youth with hypospadias.

As an educator, I am interested in curriculum design, pedagogy, classroom instruction, and experiential learning.  I have been responsible for designing and implementing courses on global health, disability and illness, determinants of health, psychosocial aspects of aging, health communication, population trends & international development, and research methods.  As a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences, I am responsible for facilitating field placements locally, nationally, and internationally for students.

I am also a registered Occupational Therapist with clinical experience 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 determinants of health and the challenges that people face when living with an illness or a disability.  Clinically, most of my experience has been in hospital settings working with adults and older adults; however, my research projects focus on children and youth with health conditions or disabilities in Canada and internationally.

Selected Publications:

  1. 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
  2. Gulati, S., Klassen, A., & Dix, D. (2014). Demands and rewards of working within multidisciplinary teams in pediatric oncology: The experiences of Canadian health care providers. The Qualitative Report, 19(36), 1-15.
  3. Klassen, A., Gulati, S., & Dix, D. (2012). Health care providers’ perspectives about working with parents of children with cancer: A qualitative study. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 29(2), 92-97.
  4. 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.
  5. Watt, L., Gulati, S., Shaw, N., Sung, L., Dix, D., Poureslami, I., & Klassen, A. (2012). Perceptions about complementary and alternative medicine use among Chinese immigrant parents of children with cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(2), 253-260.
  6. 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.
  7. Klassen, A., Gulati, S., Granek, L., Rosenberg-Yunger, Z., Watt, L., Sung, L., Klaassen, R., Dix, D., & Shaw, N. T. (2012). Understanding the health impact of caregiving: A qualitative study of immigrant parents and single parents of children with cancer. Quality of Life Research, 21(9), 1595-1605.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.