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Law, Mary
 
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Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 27837
Fax: (905) 524-0069
Office: Rm.412, IAHS
Email: lawm@mcmaster.ca
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Mary Law, PH.D., OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and also associate member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She holds the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research. Mary, an occupational therapist by training, is Co-Founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a multidisciplinary research centre at McMaster University.

Mary's research centres on the development and validation of client-centred outcome measures, evaluation of occupational therapy interventions with children, the effect of environmental factors on the participation of children with disabilities in day to day activities, and transfer of research knowledge into practice. In her educational activities, Mary is involved in teaching the theoretical basis of occupational therapy practice and evidence-based occupational therapy practice in the occupational therapy program, as well as supervising graduate students. Mary is the lead author of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, a client-centred outcome measure for occupational therapy, and has written books on Client-centred Occupational Therapy, Evidence-based Rehabilitation and Measurement of Occupational Performance. Mary has been Chair of the USA NIH Rehabilitation Research Committee and co-editor of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Honours received nationally and internationally include the Muriel Driver Lectureship, the top award in Canadian Occupational Therapy; the Whittaker Award for pediatric rehabilitation research; Queen's University Legacy of Achievement Alumni Award and election to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research and Fellow, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. 

Research Specialty

Mary's research centres on the development and validation of client-centred outcome measures, evaluation of occupational therapy interventions with children, the effect of environmental factors on the participation of children with disabilities in day to day activities, and transfer of research knowledge into practice.

Fun Fact

Spends time in summer white water canoeing  

Lab/Research Institute

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

Courses Taught

MSc OT, RS, McMaster University
2012-2013
Term 1: Inquiry and Integration (OT 617) Co-ordinator
RS 702: Participation and Community Living, Co-ordinator

2011-2012
OT Term 1 Inquiry (617), Co-ordinator

2010-2011      
RS 772: Participation and Community Living, Co-ordinator

Co-director, Masters of Health Management program

Recent Research

Project Title: Dosing rehabilitation services for children with cerebral palsy
Investigators: Gannotti, M (PI), Law, M., O’Neill, M. & Bailes, A.
Funding Agency: American Physical Therapy Section on Pediatrics
Amount: $ 13,932
Funding Period: Oct 2012 – Oct 2013

Project Title: Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy – Has rehabilitation practice changed in the last 7 years?
Investigators: Korner-Bitensky, N. & Anaby, D. (Co-PI), Law, M, & Snider, L.
Funding Agency: Edith Strauss Foundation
Amount: $12,000
Funding Period: July 2012 – June 2013

Project Title: A randomized trial comparing "Push" versus "Pull" technology for mobilizing pain evidence into practice across different health professions
Investigators: MacDermid, J. & Law, M. (Co-PIs), Haynes, B. & Buckley, D.N.
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $329,980
Funding Period: July 2012 – June 2014.

Project Title: Focus on participation for children and youth with disabilities: Enhancing therapy practice through a guided knowledge translation process. 
Investigators:Anaby, D. (PI), Korner-Bitensky, N., Law, M, Cormier, D. &Wittich, S.
Funding Agency: Edith Strauss Foundation
Amount: $14,487
Funding Period: Feb 2012 – Jan 2013. 

Project Title: The Participation & Environment Knowledge Hub: Translating evidence about children with disabilities.
Investigators: Law, M. (PI), Coster, W., Bedell, G., Anaby, D. & Khetani, M.
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $93,367
Funding Period: Oct 2011 –Sept 2012

Project Title: Education is the key to protecting children’s brains! A Knowledge Translation Grant.
Investigators: DeMatteo, C. (PI), Missiuna, C., Hanna, S., Law, M., Mahoney, W., Cairney, J. &McCauley, D.
Funding Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Amount: $99,915
Funding Period: July 2011 – June 2012

Project Title: Improving the participation of youth with cerebral palsy in community activities: An evaluation.
Investigators: Law M. (PI), Anaby D. and Imms C.
Funding Agency: Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP)
Amount: $23,455
Funding Period: October 2011 –September 2012

 

Recent Publications
 

Journal Articles
Shikako-Thomas, K., Shevell, M., Lach, L., Law, M., Schmitz, N., Poulin, C. & Majnemer, A. (In press). Picture me playing - A portrait of participation and enjoyment of leisure activities in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Bedell, G. M., Liljenquist, K., Coster, W.J., Kao, Y., Law, M., Teplicky, R., Anaby, D. & Khetani, M.A. (In press). Community participation and environmental supports and barriers of school age children with and without disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Bourke-Taylor, H., Pallant, J. & Law, M. (In press). Update on the Child’s Challenging Behaviour Scale following evaluation using rasch analysis. Child: Health, Care and Development.

Anaby*, D., Hand, C., Bradley, L., DiRezze, B., Forhan, M., DiGiacomo, A. & Law, M. (In press). The effect of the environment on participation of children and youth with disabilities: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation.  

Coster, W., Law, M., Bedell, G., Liljenquist, K., Kao, Y., Khetani, M. & Teplicky, R. (In press). School participation, supports, and barriers of students with and without disabilities. Child: Health, Care and Development.

Bourke-Taylor, H., Pallant, J., Law, M., & Howie, L. (In press). Relationship between sleep disruptions, health and care responsibilities among mothers of school-aged children with disabilities.  Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

MacDermid, J.C., Law, M., Buckley, N. & Haynes, R.B. (In press). "Push" versus "Pull" for mobilizing pain evidence into practice across different health professions: A protocol for a randomized trial.  Implementation Science.

Brossard-Racine, M., Waknin, J., Shikako-Thomas, K., Shevell, M., Poulin, C., Lach, L., Law, M., Schmitz, N., the QUALA group & Majnemer, A., Behavioural difficulties in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Journal of Child Neurology. (In press).

Law, M., Anaby, D., Teplicky, R., Khetani, M., Coster, W., and Bedell, G. (In press). Participation in the home environment among children and youth with and without disabilities. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Thomas*, A. & Law, M. (In press).  Research utilization and evidence-based practice in occupational therapy: A scoping study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Shikako-Thomas, K., Dahan-Oliel, N., Majnemer, A., Shevell, M.I., Law, M., Birnbaum, R., Rosenbaum, P. & Poulin, C. (In press) Play and be happy? Leisure participation and quality of life in school-aged children with cerebral palsy. International Journal of Pediatrics. vol. 2012, Article ID 387280, 7 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/387280.

Di Rezze*, B., Santesna, N. & Law, M. (in press). Exploring the utility of a novel knowledge translation tool for school-based occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Majnemer, M., Shevell, M., Law, M., Poulin, C. & Rosenbaum, P. (In press) Indicators of distress in families of children with cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Colquhoun, H., Letts, L., Law, M., MacDermid, J., & Missiuna, C. (In press). Administration of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure: Effect on practice. The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Khetani, M.A., Cohn, E.S., Orsmond, G.I., Law, M.C. & Coster, W. J. (2013). Parent Perspectives of Participation in Home and Community Activities When Receiving Part C Early Intervention Services. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, DOI: 10.1177/0271121411418004. vol. 32, 4: pp. 234-245.

Kertoy, M.K., Russell, D., Rosenbaum, P., Jaffer, S., Law, M., McCauley, D. & Gorter, J.W. (2012). Development of an Outcome Measurement System for Service Planning for Children and Youth with Special Needs. Child; Health, Care and Development. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01409.x.

Di Rezze*, B., Law, M., Eva, K., Pollock, N. & Van Gorter, J.W. (2012). A narrative review of generic intervention fidelity measures: their suitability for paediatric rehabilitation.  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2012.713454

McCauley, D.A., Gorter, J.W., Russell, D.J., Rosenbaum, P.L., Law, M., Kertoy, M. (2012). Assessment of environmental factors in disabled children 2-12 years: development and reliability of the CHIEF for Children - Parent Version. Child; Health, Care and Development, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01388.x.

Anaby, D*., Law, M., Dematteo, C. & Hanna, S. (In press). Predictors of change in participation rates following Acquired Brain Injury:  Results of a longitudinal study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Bourke-Taylor*, H.M., Pallant, J.F., Law, M., Howie, L., (2012) Predicting mental health among mothers of school-aged children with developmental disabilities: The relative contribution of child, maternal and environmental factors. Journal of Developmental Disability Research 33(6), 1732-1740.

Hand*, C., Law, M., Hanna, S., Elliott, S., & McColl, M.A. (2012). Neighbourhood Influences on Participation in Activities among Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions. Published online in Health and Place. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.03.004

Brossard-Racine, M., Majnemer, A., Hall, N., Shevell, M., Law, M., Poulin, C., & Rosenbaum, P. (2012). Behavioural problems in children with cerebral palsy. European Journal of Pediatric Neurology, 16, 35-41.

Bourke-Taylor*, H., Law, M., Howie, L., & Pallant, J. F. (2012). Initial development of the health promoting activities scale to measure the leisure participation of mothers of children with disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 1–10. doi: 10.5014ajot.2012.000521.

Coster, W., Law, M., Bedell, G., Khetani, M., Cousins, M., & Teplicky, R.  (2012). Development of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY): Conceptual basis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(3), 238–246.