Christine Guptill, PhD, MSc(OT), BSc, BMus


Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy




  • CAOT Research Fellow, 2013-14
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship - McMaster University/ Hand and Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, London, ON, 2010-13
  • PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University, 2010
  • MS (Occupational Therapy), Western Michigan University, 2000
  • BSc Biology, Western University, 1996
  • BMus (oboe performance), Western University, 1995

Clinical Experience

  • Adult home care, VHA Rehab Solutions
  • Motor vehicle insurance examinations, DMA Rehability and Southwestern Rehab Assessments
  • Occupational Health & Safety Services, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare
  • School Health Support Services, Pathways Centre for Children

Dr. Christine Guptill, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, received her occupational therapy training at Western Michigan University, and her PhD at Western University in Rehabilitation Sciences. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed in the School of Music at University of Ottawa, and holds a status appointment at the University of Toronto’s Music and Health Research Collaboratory. She was a founding member of the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta. She was also a founding member of the Health Advisory Team at National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC) in 2007, and provides primary care occupational therapy to the orchestra. In 2012, she was honoured to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work at NYOC. In 2013-14, Christine was the Research Fellow at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. In her spare time, she performs as a freelance oboist.

OT Advocacy


Dr. Guptill's program of research focuses on work disability prevention, with a specific focus on the health and occupational performance of musicians. This population focus includes elements of health promotion, workplace health and disability management, physical and psychosocial rehabilitation, and occupational science, to name a few.

Current research projects:

1. Canadian trial of an assessment protocol for music students (MusicCohort)

2. Canadian trial of Sound Performers, an online health literacy intervention for tertiary music students, funded by the Worldwide Universities Network and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

3. Design and delivery of course for health professionals and educators in Performing Arts Medicine, including assessment battery for Dancers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists and Actors (D.I.V.A.)

4. Scoping review of depression in entrepreneurs

5. Scoping review of the impact of stretching for dancers and musicians

For a list of my publications, please see ORCID.

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Media coverage: Global News  CBC Radio


Dr. Guptill is not currently accepting students at the University of Alberta.