Tim Barlott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy

Pronouns: he, him, his


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
3-10 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4


Area of Study / Keywords

occupational science health sociology social theory Mad Studies community mental health critical occupational therapy postqualitative inquiry


I am an occupational therapist, health sociologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. While I am originally from Edmonton, I lived in Brisbane (Australia) from 2014-2021 and worked as a faculty member in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland. I bring experience as a community practitioner (occupational therapist, addictions counsellor, and youth worker), educator, and participatory researcher in Canada, Australia, and internationally.


  • PhD in Sociology - The University of Queensland (Australia) - 2021. Topic: Allyship and freely-given relationships in community mental health
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Science - University of Alberta - 2013. Topic: Reducing exclusion of people with disabilities and their families in Colombia
  • Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Research and Evaluation - University of Alberta - 2013
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy - University of Alberta - 2008
  • Diploma in Child & Youth Care - MacEwan University - 2003


  • Adjunct Fellow, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Co-Director, SocioHealthLab, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland


My research is at the interface of occupational science and the sociology of health, exploring the socio-political aspects of everyday life and pursuing transformative change. In particular, I am interested in pursuing theory, practices, and collective processes that can be liberating for psychiatrized people (and other marginalized communities). In collaboration with a grassroots community-based mental health organization, my PhD explored allyship and freely-given relationships in the lives of psychiatrized people.

Drawing from critical social theory, the 'posts' (e.g., poststructuralism, postmodernism, posthumanism, new materialism) and the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, my research interrogates the entanglement of human and non-human forces and how affirmative, disruptive and creative processes can emerge. Using community-based approaches, my research is built on collaborative relationships with community partners and the co-construction of research projects. My work is published across sociology, occupational science, occupational therapy, philosophy, rehabilitation, and qualitative methods.

Research areas:

  • Occupational science
  • Social change / social transformation (theory and practice)
  • Social participation
  • Sociology of health / sociology of mental health
  • Community development
  • Community mental health
  • Mad Studies
  • Allyship & freely-given relationships in mental health

Research methods/methodology:

  • Qualitative inquiry
  • Postqualitative inquiry
  • Community-based participatory research

Theoretical perspectives

  • Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
  • Poststructural & postmodern philosophy
  • New materialism
  • Critical posthumanism
  • Critical social theory


Tim is accepting highly qualified MSc and PhD students in the areas of research noted above. Interested students are encouraged to contact Tim directly.


OCCTH 507 - Occupation and Society: Theory and Practice

Theory and philosophies underpinning occupational therapy and occupational science.

Browse more courses taught by Tim Barlott


Afflexivity in post-qualitative inquiry: prioritising affect and reflexivity in the evaluation of a health information website

Author(s): Setchell, Olson, Turpin, Costa, Barlott, O'Halloran, Wigginton, & Hodges
Publication Date: 9/14/2021
Publication: Health Sociology Review
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2021.1976068

A transactional perspective on the everyday use of technology by people with learning disabilities

Author(s): Barlott, MacKenzie, Le Goullon, Campbell, & Setchell
Publication Date: 9/6/2021
Publication: Journal of Occupational Science
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2021.1970616

Cartography of freely-given relationships in mental health

Author(s): Barlott
Publication Date: 6/7/2021
Publication: The University of Queensland
External Link: https://doi.org/10.14264/5f2bdb1


Author(s): Barlott
Publication Date: 4/1/2021
Publication: Journal of Autoethnography
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 215-216
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.2.215

Desiring occupation: Theorising the passion, creativity, and social production of everyday life

Author(s): Barlott & Turpin
Publication Date: 3/6/2021
Publication: Journal of Occupational Science
Page Numbers: 1-11
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1867226

A socio‐emotional analysis of technology use by people with intellectual disabilities

Author(s): Setchell, Barlott, & Torres
Publication Date: 2/1/2021
Publication: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume: 65
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 149-161
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12796

Connectedness and ICT: Opening the door to possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities

Author(s): Barlott, Aplin, Catchpole, Kranz, Le Goullon, Toivanen, & Hutchens
Publication Date: 12/1/2020
Publication: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 503-521
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1744629519831566

Using SMS to support reflection in health professional students on placement in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health context

Author(s): Barlott, Nelson, Brown, Jackson, & Rulfs
Publication Date: 9/16/2020
Publication: Australian Journal of Clinical Education
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
External Link: https://doi.org/10.53300/001c.17207

The dissident interview: A deterritorializing guerrilla encounter

Author(s): Barlott, Shevellar, Turpin, & Setchell
Publication Date: 7/1/2020
Publication: Qualitative Inquiry
Volume: 26
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 650-660
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1077800419859041

Destabilising social inclusion and recovery, and pursuing 'lines of flight' in the mental health sector

Author(s): Barlott, Shevellar, Turpin, & Setchell
Publication Date: 6/11/2020
Publication: Sociology of Health & Illness
Volume: 42
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1328-1343
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13106

Experiencias de los cuidadores en el contacto con las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación para el desarrollo

Author(s): Rodriguez & Barlott
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Publication: Rehabilitación Basada en Comunidad: una estrategia local para el acceso a derechos y el ejercicio de la ciudadanía

Becoming minor: Mapping new territories in occupational science

Author(s): Barlott, Shevellar, & Turpin
Publication Date: 9/27/2017
Publication: Journal of Occupational Science
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 524-534
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2017.1378121

Project Backpage: Using Text Messaging to Initiate Outreach Support for Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Author(s): Gow, Barlott, Quinn, Linder, Soler, Edwards, & Hossain
Publication Date: 12/8/2015
Publication: Journal of Human Trafficking
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 259-274
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2015.1016769

Increasing participation in the information society by people with disabilities and their families in lower-income countries using mainstream technologies

Author(s): Barlott, Adams, & Cook
Publication Date: 6/3/2015
Publication: Universal Access in the Information Society
Volume: 15
Page Numbers: 189-198
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10209-015-0418-z

Using SMS as a tool to reduce exclusions experienced by caregivers of people with disabilities in a resource-limited Colombian community

Author(s): Barlott, Adams, Rodriguez Diaz, & Mendoza Molina
Publication Date: 9/24/2014
Publication: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 347-354
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2014.974223