Mary Forhan, PhD, MHSc, BSc

Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy
Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy

Contact

Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy
Email
forhan@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0300 Ext: 20300
Address
2-64 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4

Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy
Email
forhan@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Credentials

Post Doctoral Research Fellow: University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto Ontario. January 2012-July 2013

Post Doctoral Fellow: Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. May 2011-April 2012

PhD: School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

MHSc: School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

BSc.OT: Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Background Information

  • Practiced as an occupational therapist and educator in the areas of obesity, mental health, and chronic disease management for over 20 years.
  • Worked in hospital and private practice settings as well as educational and research institutions.
  • Is an active member of the Canadian Obesity Network
  • Joined the University of Alberta in 2013

Professional Interests

Dr. Forhan is interested in improving the quality of rehabilitation for patients with obesity. Her research areas of interest are focused on bariatric rehabilitation with a goal to develop the capacity to provide evidence-based rehabilitation for patients with multiple chronic health conditions including obesity and to improve access to health care by reducing weight bias and discrimination.



Research

Dr. Forhan is leading a program of research focused on improving the care and rehabilitation outcomes of patients with obesity. 

Link to the Bariatric Care and Rehabilitation Research website

http://rehabmed.ualberta.ca/BCRRG



Teaching

Foundations of Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Obesity and Chronic Disease Management 

Announcements

Dr. Forhan currently has openings for students interested in pursuing a master's degree or PhD in rehabilitation science. 

Current Trainees

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: 

Elly Park

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: 

Kristine Godziuk

MSc Rehabilitation Sciences: 

Morenike Ajidagba