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Dr. Mary Forhan: “Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease”

Friday, May 26th @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Third in the Series – “Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease” featuring Dr. Mary Forhan

The role of rehabilitation science and therapy in promoting wellness for persons living with obesity.

The complexity of obesity has been underestimated and until recently, neglected by rehabilitation scientists and practitioners. Rehabilitation science and therapies are well poised to address the biological, psychological and sociological factors that contribute to participation in activities and life roles known to enable wellness and promote health for persons living with obesity. This presentation will highlight rehabilitation research and clinical practices that address issues identified by persons living with obesity including weight bias and stigma, access to quality healthcare and participation in the activities of everyday living.

Dr. Forhan received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1990 from the University of Toronto. She received a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University in 1995 and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences degree in 2010 from McMaster University. She completed two post-doctoral research fellowships: one in family medicine at McMaster University and one in cardiac rehabilitation and health service research at the University Health Network, Toronto. Dr. Forhan worked as an occupational therapist for 25 years in the areas of acute care, chronic disease management including mental health disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and obesity. Dr. Forhan was the first occupational therapist in Canada to define the role of occupational therapy in obesity prevention, management and treatment. Since starting her first academic appointment at the University of Alberta in July, 2013, Dr. Forhan is leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners and persons living with obesity that focuses on improving the quality of life for persons living with obesity and promoting quality care and rehabilitation outcomes. Dr. Forhan has received a number of awards and recognitions in North America for her work.

There is no charge to attend this event, however please reserve your seat via email RSVP to Cheryl Descent at: or 613-533-3112


Friday, May 26th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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