Cary Brown, PhD, MA, BMR(OT)

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
(780) 492-9545
2-02 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4



Cary Brown, PhD, is full professor and accepts graduate students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.


PhD – Medical Sociology/Primary Care – University of Liverpool, UK

MA – Medical Anthropology – University of Manitoba

BMR(OT) – University of Manitoba

Background Information

Dr. Brown is a full time faculty member at the University of Alberta. She has practiced clinically as an occupational therapist, department supervisor and academic in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Dr. Brown teaches and researches in the areas of knowledge translation, health literacy, sleep, and chronic pain across the life span. She has numerous publications on these topics and presents regularly at national and international conferences. Annually, Dr. Brown teaches a graduate module in Sleep and Health and has received previous funding for research in the areas of disordered sleep in both children and persons with dementia. Her interest in disordered sleep is linked to her research activities in chronic pain, one of which received the Canadian Pain Society – Pain Awareness Award 2010 for Knowledge Translation activities.

Professional Interests

Dr. Brown is interested in environmental modification for sleep problems, human/companion dog bond, pain meaning construction, knowledge translation, and the concept of scholarship as it applies to students in higher education. She has experience in educational website development, survey design, critical review and health literacy development for caregivers of vulnerable populations.


Current Research

Recent research projects include:


Dr. Brown's teaching areas include:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Occupational therapy approaches to sleep 
  • Knowledge translation

She supervises MScOT final capping projects that primarily use the methods of Critical Review, Concept Analysis and Product Evaluation


Dr. Brown is very interested in discussing mentorship with students who are looking to further their studies at the graduate level in the areas of pain management, complexity theory applied to health, and non-pharmacological sleep interventions across the life span.


OCCTH 543 - Student Selected Modules

Students must successfully complete either a minimum of three distinct OCCTH modules or equivalent, which may include Independent study OCCTH 599 or equivalent course as determined by the department. Note: Course title is variable; course may be repeated.

Browse more courses taught by Cary Brown


Effectiveness of Hand Self-Shiatsu to Improve Sleep Following Sport-related Concussion in Young Athletes.

Author(s): Qin P, Brown CA
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: J Integr Med
Volume: pii: S2095-4964(18)30116-X. doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2018.11.002.
External Link:

Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: A pilot study.

Author(s): Brown CA, Bostick G, Bellmore L, Kumanayaka D. (2014)
Publication: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 94-101
External Link:

Healthcare providers’ knowledge of disordered sleep, sleep assessment tools and non-pharmacological sleep interventions for persons living with dementia: A national survey.

Author(s): Brown CA, Wielandt P, Wilson D, Jones A, Crick K
Publication: Sleep Disorders
Volume: 2014
Issue: Article ID 286274,
Page Numbers: 9 page
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A concept analysis of the chronic pain intervention pacing.

Author(s): Jamieson-Lega K, Berry R, Brown CA.
Publication: Pain Research & Management : the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
Volume: 18
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 207-213
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I think my job is making me sick”: Occupational therapists’ experience of workplace fatigue. Work (in press)

Author(s): Schell J, Brown CA. Pashniak L
Publication: Work
Volume: 57
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 517-527
External Link:

Undercover Dogs: Pet Dogs in the Sleep Environment of Patients with Chronic Pain

Author(s): Brown CA, Wang Y, Carr EL
Publication: Social Science
Volume: 7
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: epub
External Link: