Dr. Rosemary Lysaght

B.Sc. (OT), M.S. (North Texas, Rehab), Ph.D (Ohio State, Education)

Currently accepting MSc, PhD or PDF in these areas of research:
  • Workplace integration and accommodation of persons with acquired or congenital disabilities
  • Social business as an alternative employment model for marginalized populations
  • Disability management

Dr. Rosemary Lysaght Contact information:

Louise D. Acton Building, Room 210
Internal telephone extension: 32134
External telephone: 613-533-2134
e-mail: lysaght@queensu.ca
e-mail: otchair@queensu.ca (OT Program matters)


Areas of research interest include: productivity roles of adults; integration of persons with acquired or congenital disabilities into competitive workplaces; disability management; educational strategies in the health sciences and the development of clinical reasoning; evaluation research.

Current teaching focuses on occupational therapy professional practice and program design and evaluation.

Links to Research Reports:

Lysaght, R., Krupa, T & Bouchard, M. (2015). Social Enterprise as an Employment Option - The Role of Social Businesses in the Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Lysaght, R.,
Krupa, T. & Bouchard, M. (2015). 

Guidelines for Promoting Independence, Choice and Inclusion for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Social Business

Lysaght, R., Krupa, T. & Bedore, M. (2014).

Environmental Scan of Social Businesses in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Sector.

Lysaght, R. , Krupa, T. & Gregory, A. (2011).  Employers' Perspectives on Intermittent Work Capacity - What can qualitative research tell us? Executive Summary

Lysaght, R. & Krupa, T (2011). Social business: Advancing the viability of a model for economic and occupational justice for people with disabilities. Project Final Report, Phase 1. March 2011.

Lysaght, R. , Ouellette-Kuntz, H. & Buzinski, S. (2006). Employment trends of individuals with intellectual disabilities in SouthEastern Ontario - Analysis of placement data from fourteen agencies. Summary Report.

Selected Journal Articles in Refereed Journal (Published, or In Press)

Lysaght, R., Siska, J. & Koenig, O. (2015). International Employment Statistics for People with Intellectual Disability – The Case for Common Metrics. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disability, Special Special Issue on Topics Related to the World Report on Disability, 12 (2), 112-119.

Lysaght, R., Kranenburg, R., Armstrong, C. & Krupa, T. (2015). Participant Recruitment for Studies on Disability and Work – Challenges and Solutions. Journal of Rehabilitation. Early online July 16, pp 1 - 16.

Petner-Arrey, J., Howell-Moneta, A. & Lysaght, R. (2015). Facilitating employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disability through parents and social networks. Disability & Rehabilitation, ePub ahead of print, pp 1 – 7.

Krupa, T. & Lysaght, R. (In Press). Perspectives on how social business can engender work identity among people with mental illness. Journal of Self Help and Self Care.

Lysaght, R., Cobigo, V., Petner-Arrey, J. & Oullette-Kuntz, H. (2014). Work Preparation and Participation in Ontario for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – A Cross-Region Analysis. Journal on Developmental Disability, 20, (2), 34 - 43.

Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Lunsky, Y., Lysaght, R., Martin, L., & Saaltink, R. (2013). Partnering for research in intellectual/developmental disabilities – lessons for participant recruitment. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 19(2), 25-35.

Lysaght, R., Fabrigar, L., Larmour-Trode, S., Stewart, J. & Friesen, M. (2012). Measuring Workplace Social Support for Workers with Disability. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22 (3), 376 - 386.

Lysaght, R.,Jakobsen, K. &  Granhaug, B. (2012). Social Firms: A Means for Building Employment Skills and Community Integration. Work, 41 (4), 455 – 63. 

Lysaght, R. Sparring, C., Ouellette-Kuntz, H. & Marshall, C. (2011). Injury Incidence and
Patterns in Workers with Intellectual Disabilities: A Comparative Study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36 (4), 284-288.

Lysaght, R.,
Ouellette-Kuntz, H & Lin, C. J.  (2012).Untapped Potential: Perspectives on the Employment of People with Intellectual Disability. Work, 41, 4, 409 – 422.

Lysaght, R., Cobigo, V. & Hamilton, K. (2012). Inclusion as a Focus of Employment-Related Research in Intellectual Disability: A Scoping Review. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(16), 1339-50.

Chen, S-P., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R., McCay, E. & Piat, M. (2013). The Development of Recovery Competencies for In-patient Mental Health Providers Working with People with Serious Mental Illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40(2),96-116.

Cobigo, V., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Lysaght, R., Brown, R. & Martin, L. (2012). Shifting our conceptualization of social inclusion. Stigma Research & Action, 2(2), 75 - 84.

Gupta, S., Paterson, M. Lysaght, R. & Van Zweck, C. (2012). Experiences of burnout and coping strategies utilized by occupational therapists.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(2):86-95.

Brown, H.K., Ouellette-Kuntz, H., Lysaght, R., Burge, P. (2011). Students' behavioural
intentions toward peers with disability.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 24, 322 - 332. 

Godfrey, C.M., Harrison, M.B., Lysaght, R., Lamb, M. A., Graham, I. & Ross-White, A. (2011). Care of Self - Care by Other - Care of Other: The Meaning of Self-Care from Research, Practice, Policy and Industry Perspectives".  International Journal of Evidence-Based Health Care, 9, 3 - 24.

Lysaght, R.,
Donnelly, C. & Luong, D. (2010). Best practices in the rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal disorders in injured workers: An integrated  review and analysis of evolving trends. Work, 35, 319 - 333.

Lysaght, R.,
Donnelly, C. & Villeneuve, M. (2009). Factors predicting applicant outcomes in occupational therapy education. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76, 38 - 47.

Kirsh, B., Stergiou-Kita, M, Gewurtz, R., Dawson, D., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R. & Shaw, L. (2009). From margins to mainstream: What do we know about work integration for persons with brain injury, mental illness and intellectual disabilities?  Work, 391 - 405.

Lysaght, R., Ouellette-Kuntz, H. & Morrison, C. (2009). The Meaning and Value of Productivity to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 47, 413-424. Lysaght, R. & Larmour-Trode, S. (2008). An exploration of social support as a factor in the return-to work process. Work, 30, 255 - 266.

Lysaght, R
., Shaw, L., Almas, A., Jogia, A. & Larmour-Trode, S. (2008) Towards Improved Measurement of Cognitive and Behavioural Work Demands. Work.

Lysaght, R
., Donnelly, C. & Villeneuve, M. (In press). Factors predicting applicant outcomes in occupational therapy education. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Burge, P., Ouellette-Kuntz, H. & Lysaght, R. (2007). Public views on employment of people with intellectual disabilities.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 22, 1 - 9.

Lysaght, R. & Wright, J. (2005). Professional strategiesin work-related practice: An exploration of occupational and physical therapy roles and approaches.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy59  (2), 209-217.

Lysaght, R. (2004). Approaches to worker rehabilitation by occupational and physical therapists in the United States: Factors impacting practice.  Work22  (3).

Non-Refereed Publications (i.e. Newsletters, Book Reviews)

Lysaght, R.  & Krupa, T. (2014) Challenges to Workplace Accommodation of Chronic Health Conditions: Employer Perspectives. In Dale-Stone, S., Crooks, V. & Owen, M. (Eds). Working Bodies: Chronic Illness in the Canadian Workplace.

Lysaght, R. & Cobigo, V. (2013). Enhancing the Quality of Life of Marginalized Populations through Employment. In R. Brown & R. Faragher, Challenges for Quality of Life: Applications in Education and Other Social Contexts.  Disability Studies Series. Joav Merrick, MD, Series Editor. Nova Publishers.

Lysaght, R
& Shaw, L. (2010). Job analysis: What it is and how it is used. In H Stone, M Blouin, editors. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. Available online http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/article.php?id=268&language=enInternational Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.

Lysaght, R., & Hill, A. (2010). The use of standardized/simulated patients as an alternative to fieldwork. In L. McAllister, M. Paterson, J. Higgs & C. Bithell, Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Shaw, L. & Lysaght, R. (2008).  Cognitive and behavioural demands of work.  In Jacobs, K. (Ed.). Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd edition, pp 103 - 122.

Lysaght, R., Ouellette Kuntz, H. & Buzinski, S. (2006).  Employment Trends of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Southeastern Ontario - An analysis of data from twelve agencies.

TranSystems, Inc, and Access Transportation (2003). Guidance for Conducting Physical Functional Assessments for ADA Paratransit Eligibility (CD-ROM)(co-author).

Lysaght, R., Wright, J., & Brown, K. (2003). Occupational Therapy Student Recruitment: Attracting Applicants in Uncertain Times. AOTA Education Special Interest Section Newsletter, December.