Dr. Finlayson's research program focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating self-management programs and rehabilitation services to enhance the health and well-being of people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). These people include both individuals with the disease and their family caregivers. The ultimate goal of Dr. Finlayson's scholarship is to enable people affected by MS to lead healthy, meaningful lives, and exert choice and control over their participation in daily activities at home and in the community particularly as they age. Her specific topical interests include falls prevention, fatigue management, caregiver support, and utilization of health-related services. She is the co-founder of the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network, which includes 9 other MS rehabilitation researchers from the US, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.
Areas of teaching expertise include research methods, self-management, and writing for professional publication.
Interested in accepting MSc and PhD students in the following areas of research:
- Fatigue management among people with multiple sclerosis
- Developing tools/resources to translate multiple sclerosis rehabilitation research findings into clinical practice
- Investigating patterns and predictors of health services access and use among people with multiple sclerosis
Selected Books and Book Chapters:
- Finlayson, M. & Preissner, K. (2015). Delivering Fatigue Management Education by Teleconference to People with Multiple Sclerosis. In I. Söderback (Ed.)., International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Intervention – 2nd edition. Springer Publishing.
- Finlayson, M., & Braveman, B. (2016). Chapter 2: Engaging in Evidence-based Management. (pp 35-58). In B. Braveman (Ed.)., Leading and Managing Occupational Therapy Services: An Evidence-Based Approach (2nd edition). Philadelphia: FA Davis.
- Finlayson, M., & Braveman, B. (2016). Chapter 16: Introducing others to evidence-based practice. (pp 413-438). In B. Braveman (Ed.)., Leading and Managing Occupational Therapy Services: An Evidence-Based Approach (2nd edition). Philadelphia: FA Davis.
- Finlayson, M. (Editor) (2012). Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From Impairment to Participation. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Publishing.
For a list of Dr. Finlayson’s publications, please refer to her