Tim Barlott, PhD
Pronouns: he, him, his
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
3-10 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 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.
- 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
- Qualitative inquiry
- Postqualitative inquiry
- Community-based participatory research
- 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.
Theory and philosophies underpinning occupational therapy and occupational science.