Dr. Catherine Donnelly

B.Sc.(OT), MSc (UBC), PhD (Queen's)

Dr. Catherine Donnelly Contact information:
Louise D. Acton Building, Room 221
Internal telephone extension: 36385
External telephone: 613-533-6385
e-mail: donnelyc@queensu.ca

Research and Teaching:
My clinical research is focused on team-based primary care with an emphasis on understanding how interprofessional primary care teams can support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions. My educational research is focused on interdisciplinary education, online learning and the integration of theory to practice. Research interests also include: program evaluation and knowledge translation. 

I teach in both the Ocupational Therapy and Aging and Health Programs. Courses taught include: physical dimensions of occupation, clinical reasoning and program evaluation. My clinical interest is in team-based primary care and I work 1 day/week at the Queen's Family Health Team - Belleville site. 

I am cross-appointed to the Department of Family Medicine and member of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care. 

Online modules: Compassionate Care
Conflict Management: Building Better Teams


Articles (recent - selected):
Donnelly C., & Searle, (inpress). Optimizing use in the field of program evaluation by integrating learning from the knowledge field. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation


Donnelly, C., Bauer, M., O’Neill, C., & Letts, L.  (accepted). The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in Primary Care:  A Profile of Practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Donnelly, C., Leclair, Wener, P., Hand, C., & Letts, L. (2016). Occupational therapy in primary care: A national survey. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 

Donnelly, C., Shulha, L., Klinger, D., & Letts, L.  (2016). Supporting knowledge translation through evaluation: A multiple case study design in primary care. BMC Family Practice

Donnelly, C., Cramm, H., Mofina, A., Lal, S., Colquhoun, H., & Lamontagne, ME. (2016). Knowledge translation activities in occupational therapy organizations: The Canadian landscape. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Lal, S., & Donnelly, C. (2015). Exploring the potential of digital storytelling for occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care 

Donnelly, C., Shulha, L., Klinger, D., & Letts, L. (2014). Strategies to support knowledge translation during evaluation. Canadian Journal of Evaluation.

Donnelly, C., Letts, L., Brenchley, C., & Crawford, C. (2014). The emerging role of occupational therapy in primary care. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Ting, D., Sutherland, A., & Donnelly, C. (2013). Student experience of the healthcare team challenge: Long-term case competition can improve student competence in interprofessional collaboration. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 4, e49-e51.

Boudreau, M.L., & Donnelly, C. (2013). Community development progress and evaluation tool: Assessing community development fieldwork. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80, 235-240.

Donnelly, C., Letts, L., Brenchley, C., & Crawford, C., (2013). Supporting the integration of occupational therapy in primary care. BMC Family Practice, 14, 60 link

Conference Abstracts (past year - selected):

Donnelly, C., & Ruggles, D. (2016). Physiatrist led pain outreach clinic in primary care. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs.

Donnelly, C., Webster, R., Leavitt, A., Lynch, S., Bobbette, N., Wolfe, A., & Adams, C. (2016). Measuring the impact of team based primary care. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs.

Donnelly C., Boudreau, ML., Garand, I., Mitchell, B., Bobbette, N., & Letts, L. (2016). WALK TALL: A fall screening clinic in primary care.  Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference Proceedings. Banff, AB.

Donnelly, C., Watson, S., Brander, R., O’Riordan, A., Murphy, S., & Chapman, C. (2016). Teaching compassionate care in primary care using enhanced online delivery methods. Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Montreal, QB.