Dr. Terry Krupa

Ph.D., M.Ed., B.Sc.(OT) (University of Toronto)

Currently accepting M.Sc. students in these areas:
  • Disability related to mental illness
  • Employment/productivity and mental illness
  • Social business
  • Time use/activity health and mental illness

Dr. Terry Krupa Contact information:

Louise D. Acton Building, Room 217
Internal telephone extension: 36236
External telephone: 613-533-6236
e-mail: krupat@queensu.ca


I am a researcher in the Disability and Wellness in the Community stream in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. My research has focused on how to best enable the full occupational and community participation of people with mental illness. This has included the study of the lived experience of people with mental illness in important domains of daily life - work, school, home and family, social contacts. It has also included the study of models and approaches developed to enable participation. More recently I have been involved in the development and testing of new interventions, and in the development of approaches to prevent disability and social marginalization.


My teaching includes a graduate course in qualitative research methods, and a course on the psychoemotional determinants of occupation. I also contribute as a guest lecturer in several courses in the School and serve as a supervisor for several masters and PhD students.

Links to Research Reports:

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.


Krupa, T., Edgelow, D., Radloff-Gabriel, D., Mieras, C. et al (2010). Action over inertia: Addressing the activity-health needs of individuals with serious mental illness. Ottawa: CAOT publications.

Horgan, S., Kirsh, B., Krupa, T. (2003). Making it Better: Continuous Improvement in Community Mental Health. Toronto: Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addictions Programs

McColl, M.A., Law, M., Stewart, D., Doubt, L., Pollock, N., Krupa, T. and Bryden, P. (Eds) (2002). The Theoretical Basis of Occupation, 2nd Edition, Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

Book Chapters: (2006-2010)

Krupa, T. (2010). When motivation for assistance is unclear. In C. Lloyd and G. Waghorn (Eds). Vocational Rehabilitation in Mental Health. Australia: Oxford Wiley.

Krupa, T.  (2010). When symptoms and treatment plans hinder vocational goals. In G. Waghorn and C. Lloyd (Eds). Vocational rehabilitation in mental health. In C. Lloyd and G. Waghorn (Eds). Vocational Rehabilitation in Mental Health. Australia: Oxford Wiley.

Krupa, T. (2010)Employment and serious mental illness. In I.Schultz and E.S. Rogers (Eds) Handbook of Job Job Accommodations in Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Krupa, T. Employment interventions for people with serious mental illness. (2010). In I. Schultz and E.S. Rogers (Eds). Handbook of Job Accommodations in Mental Health. New York: Springer. 

Krupa, T. and MacPherson, M. Neighbourhoods/Community. (2010). In C.Brown and V. Stoffell (Eds.). Occupational Therapy and Mental Health: A vision for the future. Philadelphia: FA Davis.

Krupa, T., Edgelow, M. and Radloff-Gabriel, D. (2009). Temporal adaptations and individuals living with serious mental illness in the community. In  I. Sodenberg (Ed). International Handbook of Occupational Therapy. Berlin: Springer.

Polatajko, H., Backman, C., Baptiste, S., Davis, J., Eftekhar, P., Harvey, A., Jarman J. Krupa, T., et al (2007). Human occupation in context. In E. Townsend and H. Polatajko (Eds). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, wellbeing & justice through occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications.

Townsend, E., vonZweck, C. Baptiste, S., Krupa, T., Picard, H. and Trudel, L.(2007).Occupational Therapy workforce planning. In E. Townsend and H. Polatajko (Eds). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, wellbeing & justice through occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications

Krupa, T. (2006). Affirmative Businesses. In G. Albrecht. (Ed.). Dictionary of Disability. Thousand Oaks, Cal.: Sage.

Krupa, T. (2006) Sheltered Workshops. In G. Albrecht. (Ed.). Dictionary of Disability. Thousand Oaks, Cal.: Sage.

Articles published in peer review journals

Chen, S., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R., McCay, E., Piat, M. (2011). The development of recovery competencies for in-patient mental health providers working with people with serious mental illness. Administration and Policy in mental Health, Early online version.

Edgelow, M. and Krupa, T. (2011). A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of an Occupational Time Use Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness. American Journal of Occupational Therapy , 65(3), 267-276.

Escorpizo, R., Reneman, M., Ekholm, J., Fritz, J, Krupa, T., Marnetoft, S., Guzman, J, Suzuki, Y., Stucki, G.,Chan, C. (2011). A conceptual definition of vocational rehabilitation based on the ICF: building a shared global model. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 21 (2), 126-133.

Lauckner, H.M.,  Krupa, T.M., and Paterson, M.L. (2011). Conceptualizing community development: occupational therapy practice at the intersection of health services and community. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(4), 260-8.

Krupa, T
., Stuart, H., Mathany, A., Smart, J. and Chen, S. (2010). Evaluation of an integrated crisis-case management program. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 29(supp), 125-137.

Stuart, H., Krupa, T., Koller, M. (2010). Funding growth and service match: Doing more of the same or better. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 29(Supp), 97-109.

Woodside, H. and Krupa, T. (2010). Work and financial stability in late onset first episode psychosis. Early intervention in psychosis. 4, 314-318.

Kirsh, B., Krupa, T., Cockburn, L. and Gewurtz, R. (2010). A Canadian model of work integration for persons with mental illness. Disability & Rehabilitation, 32, 1833-46.

Zimolag, U. and Krupa, T. (2010). The occupation of pet ownership as an enabler of community integration. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. 26, 176-192.    

Krupa, T. and Woodside, H. and Pocock, K. (2010). Activity and social participation in the period following a first episode of psychosis and implications for occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 73, 13-20.  

Krupa, T. (2010). Reflections on.... The occupational performance process model in one community mental health setting, Canadian  Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77, 80-82.

Krupa, T., Kirsh, B., Cockburn, L. and Gewurtz, R. (2009)  A model of stigma of mental illness in employment. Work.  33(4), 413-425.  

Krupa, T., and Clark, C. (2009). Developing a recovery-directed mental health system: Using tensions in practice to promote the integration of treatment and rehabilitation.  Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 28(2), 47-59. 

Kirsh, B., Stergiou Kita, M., Gewurtz, R., Dawson, D., Krupa, T., Lysaght, R. and Shaw, L. (2009).  From margins to mainstream : What do we know about work integration for persons with brain injury, mental illness and intellectual disability? Work. 32, 391-405. 

Barbic, S. and Krupa, T. (2009).  A randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of the recovery workbook: A pilot study. Psychiatric Services.60, 491-497. Bassini, D.,

Dewa, C., Krupa, T., Aubry, T., Gehrs, M., Goering, P and Streiner, D. (2009)). Factor structure of the Multnomah Community Ability scale- longitudinal analysis. Psychiatry Research, 167, 178-189.  

Zimolag, U., Krupa, T. (2009). Pet ownership as meaningful community occupation for people with serious mental illness. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 63, 126-137.

Krupa, T., Fossey, E., Anthony, W., Brown, T. and Pitts, D. (2009). "Doing daily life" as a means to health, personal growth and empowerment: Occupational therapy, psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 29(3).  

Perry, A. and Krupa, T. (2008). Drugs injected into daily life: A case study of an using occupation. Queen's Health Science Journal, 9, 31-34. 

Woodside, H., Krupa, T. and Pocock, K. (2008). How people negotiate for success as psychosis emerges. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2, 50-54.  

Maly MR. Krupa T. (2007). Personal experience of living with knee osteoarthritis among older adults. Disability & Rehabilitation. 29(18):1423-33.   Krupa T. (2007). Interventions to improve employment outcomes for workers who experience mental illness.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie. 52(6):339-45.  

Woodside, H. and Krupa, T. (2007). A conceptual model to guide rehabilitation and recovery in early psychosis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 32(2), 125-130.  

Goering, P., Durbin, J., Ochocka, J., Nelson, G. and Krupa, T. (2006). Who uses consumer-run self-help organizations? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 367-373.

Kirsh, B., Krupa, T., Cockburn, L. and Gewurtz, R. (2006). Work initiatives for persons with severe mental illnesses in Canada: A decade of development. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 25(2).

Cockburn, L., Krupa, T., Bickenbach, J., Kirsh, B., Gewurtz, R., Chan, P. and McClenaghan, M. (2006). Work and psychiatric disability in Canadian disability policy. Canadian Public Policy, XXXII(2), 197-211.

Jamieson M, Krupa T, O'Riordan A, O'Connor D, Paterson M, Ball C, and Wilcox S.  (2006). Developing empathy as a foundation for client-centred practice: Evaluation of a university curriculum initiative.   Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73, 76-85.

Krupa, T. , Kirsh, B., Cockburn, L. and Gewurtz, R. (2005). Improving the employment prospects of people with serious mental illness: Five challenges for a national mental health strategy. Canadian Public Policy. Special electronic issue, August.

Kirsh, B., Krupa, T. , Horgan, S., Kelly, D. and Carr, S.  (2005). Making it better: building evaluation capacity in community mental health.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal28  (3), 234-241.

Chan, S., Krupa, T. , Lawson, J.S., Eastabrook, S.  (2005). A concept in need of clarity: Building a predictive model of subjective quality of life for persons with severe mental illness living in the community.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy59  (2), 181-190.

Krupa, T., Eastabrook, S., et al (2005). How do people who receive Assertive Community Treatment experience this service? .  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 29  (1), 18-24.

Petrella, L, McColl, MA, Krupa, T., Johnston, J. (2005). Returning to productive activities: Perspectives of individuals with longstanding acquired brain injuries.  Brain Injury19  (9), 643-655.

Non-Refereed Publications (ie. Newsletters, Book Reviews): (2004-2010).

Lysaght, R., Krupa, T. and Gregory, A. (2011).Employers' Perspectives on Intermittent Work Capacity - What Can Qualitative Research Tell Us? Human Resources and Skill Development Canada [HRSDC Contract No. 7616-09-0016/00]

Krupa, T
. and Lysaght, R. (2011).Case studies on information rich, inclusive workplace: How employers, co-workers, unions, employer associations, occupational health professionals and disability organizations can work together to create an environment that supports people with disabilities who have intermittent work capacity. Human Resources and Skill development Canada. [HRSDC Contract number: 7616-10-0017].

Lysaght, R. and Krupa, T. (2011). Social Business: Advancing the Viability of a Model for Economic and Occupational Justice for People with Disabilities. Queen's University, Advisory Research Council (ARC)

Krupa, T
. (2008). Part of the solution ... or part of the problem? Addressing the stigma of mental illness in our midst.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(4), 198-205.

Krupa, T. (2007). My dinner with John (Editorial). Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54(1), 2-3.

Gagne, M.H., Aubry, T. and Krupa, T. (2007) The Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health celebrates a quarter century of publication (Editorial). Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 26(1).

Krupa, T. (2005). Commentary to "Context of change in community mental health in occupational therapy". International Journal of Rehabilitation, 12 (10), 448.

Krupa, T., Clark, C. (2004). National Perspectives Column. Occupational therapy in the field of mental health: Promoting occupational perspectives on health and well-being. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(2), 69-72.

Cockburn, L, Kirsh, B., Krupa, T. and Gewurtz, R. (2004). Mental health and mental illness in the workplace: Occupational therapy solutions for complex problems. Occupational Therapy Now, 6(5), 7-14.