Assistant Professor

Anne Hunt

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

PhD OT (Reg. Ont.), MSc, BSc

Rehabilitation Sciences Building
160-500 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1V7
Research Interests
Occupational Science; Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences; Practice Science
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Dr. Hunt is a Clinical Study Investigator and manager of the student training program in the Concussion Centre in the Bloorview Research Institute. An occupational therapist by profession, Dr. Hunt’s research interests focus on developing interventions that enable individuals with acquired brain injury to participate optimally in meaningful activities in everyday life. She is also interested in understanding how to optimize client-therapist communication and developing innovative methods for inter-professional health care student training. Currently, she is investigating cognitive, sensory (vision) and active rehabilitation approaches for concussion management in youth with persistent symptoms.  Dr. Hunt’s research has been supported by grants from federal (e.g. Canadian Institutes for Health Research), provincial (e.g. Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists) and local (Holland Bloorview’s Centres for Leadership) agencies. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and research.  Dr. Hunt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Rehabilitation Science Institute at University of Toronto.

Research Synopsis

As an occupational therapist by profession, Dr. Hunt's research aim is to develop interventions that enable children and youth with acquired brain injury (ABI) to participate optimally in meaningful activities in every day life.

Specific research interests include:

  • rehabilitation of mild traumatic brain injury & concussion
  • treatments for neurosensory & neurocognitive changes following brain injury
  • goal setting in rehabilitation

Recent Publications

  1. Hunt, A., Laupacis, D., Kawaguchi, E., Greenspoon, D., & Reed, N. Key ingredients to an active rehabilitation program post-concussion:  Perspectives of youth and parents. Brain Injury, 32(12), 1534-1540.
  2. Nalder, E., Zabjek, K., Dawson, D., Bottari, C., Gagnon, I., McFadyen, B., Hunt, A., McKenna, S., Ouellet, M-C., Giroux, S., Cullen, N., Niechwiej-Szwedo, E., & ONF-REPAR ABI Team. (2018). Research priorities for optimizing long-term community integration after brain injury. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. Early online doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.334
  3. Toong, T., Wilson, K., Urban, K., Paniccia, M., Hunt, A., Keightley, M., Reed, N.  (2018). Grip strength in youth ice hockey players: Normative values and predictors of performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  Advance Online doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002815
  4. Nalder, E., Hartman, L., Hunt, A., & King, G. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resiliency Model: A conceptual model to guide rehabilitation research and practice. Disability & Rehabilitation.  (Published early online June 12, 2018).
  5. Jones, M. & Hunt, A. Vision rehabilitation for adults with traumatic brain injury:  a scoping review of the literature. Disability & Rehabilitation. (Published early online April 10, 2018)