CDARS Lab Publications and Links

Illustration of a boy rolling over a ball on his stomach

(Illustration by Jana Osterman)

The CDARS unit conducts research investigating the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of children’s health and rehabilitation including examining how prevailing policies, practices, and values affect health, identity, and participation.

Here are some of our published research results:

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Selected Books and Book Chapters:

BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice: A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. January, 2018. Open Access: https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29.

Gibson, BE. Rehabilitation: A post-critical approach. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2016.

McPherson, K, Gibson BE, Leplege A, editor(s). Rethinking Rehabilitation Theory and Practice. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2015.

Gibson BE, Nicholls DA, Setchell J, Groven KS. Working against the grain: Criticality for an otherwise physiotherapy. In: BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice; A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. Jan 2018. https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29. Principal Author.

Gibson BE. Post-Critical Physiotherapy Ethics: A Commitment to Openness. In: BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice; A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. Jan 2018. https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29. Principal Author.

Nicholls D, Gibson BE, Fadyl J. Rethinking Movement: postmodern reflections on a dominant rehabilitation discourse. In: McPherson, KM, Gibson BE, Leplege A, editor(s). Rethinking Rehabilitation: Theory and Practice. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2015. Coauthor.

Selected Peer Review Publications:

Gibson B.E., Terry G., Setchell J., Bright F.A.S., Cummins C., Kayes N.M. The micro-politics of caring: Tinkering with person-centred rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation Special Issue: Ultrabilitation. 2019 in press.

Abbott, D., Carpenter, J., Gibson, B.E., Hastie, J., Jepson, M, Smith, B., Disabled men with muscular dystrophy negotiate gender. Disability & Society. 2019 Early Online.

Thille, P., Gibson, B.E., Abrams, T., McAdam, L.C., Mistry, B. and Setchell, J. Enhancing the human dimensions of children’s neuromuscular care: piloting a methodology for fostering team reflexivity. Advances in Health Sciences Education.2018 Nov 23(5), 867-889

Abrams, T., *Setchell J, Thille, P, Mistry, B., Gibson, B.E. Affect, intensity, and moral assemblage in rehabilitation practice, BioSocieties. 2018 Mar; Early Online.

Setchell J, Thille P, Abrams T, McAdam LC, Mistry B, Gibson BE. Enhancing human aspects of care with young people with muscular dystrophy: Results from a participatory qualitative study with clinicians. Child: care, health and development. 2018 Mar 1;44(2):269-77

Setchell, J., Nicholls, D., Gibson B.E., Objecting: Multiplicity and the practice of physiotherapy. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 2018 Jan 22 (2):165-184

Teachman, G., & Gibson, B.E. Integrating visual methods with dialogical interviews in research with youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2018 Jan. Electronic Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406917750945

Teachman, G, McDonough, P, Macarthur, C, Gibson, BE. A critical dialogical methodology for conducting research with disabled youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. Qualitative Inquiry. Special issue: "Reclaiming” Disability in Critical Qualitative Research. 2018 Jan; 24(1): 35-44

Abrams T, Gibson BE. Putting Gino’s Lesson to Work: Actor-Network Theory, Enacted Humanity, and Rehabilitation. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 2017 Jul 21(4): 425-440.

Gibson BE, King G, Teachman G, Mistry B, Hamdani Y. Assembling Activity/Setting Participation with Disabled Young People. Sociology of Health & Illness. 2017 May;39(4):497-512.

Hamdani Y, Mistry B, Gibson BE. Transitioning to Adulthood with a Progressive Condition: Best Practice Assumptions and Individual Experiences of Young Men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015 May;37(13):1144-1151

Phelan S, Wright V, Gibson BE. Representations of Disability and Normality in Rehabilitation Technology Promotional Materials. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014 Nov;36(24):2072-2079

Gibson BE, King G, Kingsnorth S, McKeever P. The ‘placement’ of people with profound impairments across the lifespan: re-thinking age criteria. BMC Medicine. 2014 May 21;12:83. electronic resource. Available from: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-83.

Gibson BE. Parallels and problems of normalization in rehabilitation and universal design: enabling connectivities. Disability and Rehabilitation. Special Issue: Designing Inclusive Environments: Shaping Transitions from Theory into Practice. 2014 Mar;36(16):1328-33.

Gibson BE, Mistry B, Smith B, Yoshida KK, Abbott D, Lindsay S, and Hamdani Y. Becoming men: Gender, disability, and transitioning to adulthood. Health. 2014 Jan;18(1):93-112.

Teachman, G, & Gibson, B E. Children and youth with Disabilities: Innovative Methods for Single Qualitative Interviews. Qualitative Health Research. 2013 Feb;23(2):264 - 274.

Gibson, B E, Carnevale, F A, & King, G. “This is My Way”: Reimagining Disability, Independence, and Interconnectedness of Persons and Assistive Technologies. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2012 Nov;34(22):1894-1899.

Gibson, B E, & Teachman, G. Critical Approaches in Physical Therapy Research: Investigating the Symbolic Value of Walking. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2012;28(6):474-484.

Gibson, B E, Teachman, G, Wright, V, Fehlings, D, Young, N L, & McKeever, P. Children’s and Parents’ Beliefs Regarding the Value of Walking: Rehabilitation Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2012;38(1):61-69.

Nicholls, DA, & Gibson, B E. The Body and Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2010;26(8):497-509.

Gibson, B E, Young, N L, Upshur, R E G, & McKeever, P. Men on the Margin: A Bourdieusian Examination of Living into Adulthood with Muscular Dystrophy. Social Science and Medicine. 2007;65:505-517

Gibson, B E. Disability, Connectivity and Transgressing the Autonomous Body. Journal of Medical Humanities. 2006;27:187-196.

Research Summaries

Click below to read our summaries on completed research:

Advancing methods and frameworks for understanding intersection of gender and disability

Optimal Environments for Severely Disabled Youths: Phase 1 Summary

Enhancing the Human Dimensions of Clinical Care for Young People with Muscular Dystrophy

Books

Rethinking Rehabilitation: Theory and Practice presents cutting-edge thinking on rehabilitation from a range of leading rehabilitation researchers.

The book emphasizes discussion on the place of theory in advancing rehabilitation knowledge, unearthing important questions for policy and practice, underpinning research design, and prompting readers to question clinical assumptions. Each author proposes ways of thinking that are informed by theory, philosophy, and/or history as well as empirical research. Rigorous and provocative, it presents chapters that model ways readers might advance their own thinking, learning, practice, and research. (http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482249200)

Rethinking Rehabilitation book cover


Rehabilitation: A Post-Critical Approach by Barbara E. Gibson is a transdisciplinary text re-examining the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation. Through an examination of the key rehabilitation principles including independence, normal development, quality of life and mobility, the chapters explores the limitations of biomedical framings of disability and offers alternative approaches to education, policy, and practice. (https://www.crcpress.com/Rehabilitation-A-Post-critical-Approach/Gibson/p/book/9781482237238)

Rehabilitation A Post-critical Approach book cover


ReView is an anthology of plays committed to social justice and grounded in socially-based research. These plays-as-research aim to provide a space for readers to imaginatively engage with multi-layered social issues in cultural, political and historical contexts; or to re-view personal and social assumptions in these contexts. The characters within the anthology’s pages struggle through complex relationships and differing needs related to ageing, sexuality, homophobia, race, gender, class, bullying, discrimination, as well as hope, joy and humour. This unique anthology assembles strong cross-disciplinary projects moving beyond the attempt to explore complex social issues from the standpoint of a single discipline. Collaborators range from education, equity studies, theatre and performance studies, public health, nursing, sociology, recreation therapy, and health studies, as well as being both academics and practicing artists. Each play includes an academic introduction and each artist-researcher team poses thoughtful, open-ended discussion questions to help guide readers and support reflection. (https://www.amazon.com/ReView-Anthology-Committed-Justice-Fictions/dp/9463008195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480517331&sr=8-1&keywords=ReView+Julia+Gray)

ReView book cover

Media

CDARS PhD candidate, Patrick Jachyra, awarded two student leadership awards (June 26, 2018)

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CDARS trainee alumni, Dr. Yani Hamdani, recognized at 2017 Pursuit Awards for her research in advancing the health and well-being for youth with developmental disabilities. (June 6, 2017)

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CDARS trainee, Patrick Jachyra, receives UofT Alumni Association Graduate Scholar Award for outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership. (May 3rd, 2017)

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CDARS post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Julia Gray, is the recipient of the 2017 Joan Eakin award for Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation.

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Doctor’s Notes: Stop portraying childhood disability as tragic or inspirational – article by Dr. Barbara Gibson (November, 2016)

Dr. Barbara Gibson, senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, suggests we stop portraying childhood disability as tragic or inspirational. To read her article in the Toronto Star, click here. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/11/28/doctors-notes-stop-portraying-childhood-disability-as-tragic-or-inspirational.html


Dr. Barbara Gibson elected to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (November, 2016)

Dr. Barbara Gibson, senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, was recently elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Click here for more information about Dr. Gibson’s award http://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/news-events/dr-barbara-gibson-elected-fellow-royal-society-canada/

Click here for more information about the College http://www.rsc.ca/en/college-new-scholars-artists-and-scientists


CDARS postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jenny Setchell, explores weight stigma in rehabilitation (July, 2016)

CDARS postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jenny Setchell, explored weight stigma in rehabilitation in her PhD research. Her work sought to understand four key areas: physical therapists’ attitudes towards obesity, the experiences of obese patients, the way physical therapists think and talk about weight and the ideas on how we can alter the stigmatization of obesity within clinical practice. For more information on her research, click here.


CDARS Trainee Patrick Jachyra examines physical activity participation among youth with ASD (July, 2016)

Patrick Jachyra, a PhD student and recent Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship award recipient, is critically exploring activity participation among young people with ASD. For more information on Patrick’s research, please click here.


CDARS trainee, Dr. Gail Teachman awarded Governor General’s Gold Medal (June, 2016)

Congratulations to CDARS trainee, Dr. Gail Teachman, who was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal for her PhD research on issues of inclusion and disability in childhood. The Governor General’s academic medal was created in 1873 to “encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.”

Click here for more information about Dr. Teachman’s research (http://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/news-events/phd-profile-u-t-rehabilitation-sciences-institute-graduate-dr-gail-teachman-receives-governor-generals-gold-medal/)

Click here for more information about the Governor General’s Academic Medal (https://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=15008&lan=eng)

Useful Links

Critical Physiotherapy Network: http://criticalphysio.net

Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research: http://www.ccqhr.utoronto.ca

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics: http://jcb.utoronto.ca


Doing Research with People Who Have Communication Impairments Using Photo Elicitation Methods - SAGE Research Methods.

Dr. Gail Teachman discusses her research on children and youth who have communication impairments. Click here.