Associate Professor

Gillian King

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy


Bloorview Research Institute - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4G 1R8
Research Interests
Occupational Science, Rehabilitation Health Services Studies, Psychosocial Aspects of Childhood Disability and Health, Child and Family Community Participation, Child and Family Engagement in Service Delivery Family Wellness, Resilience, Belief Systems, and Worldviews Expertise and Clinical Decision Making in Service Delivery Measure Development Models of Clinical Services and Intervention Approaches, Research Partnerships and the Production of Knowledge, Experiences of Immigrant and Refugee Families Raising Children with Disabling Conditions, Interprofessional Practice, Youth Transitions, Workplace Learning and Resiliency
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Gillian King is a Senior Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto, with appointments at the University of Toronto, Western University, and McMaster University. Her primary interest is in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric services and child, youth, and parent well-being. Her research interests include the participation of children with disabilities, youth transitions, parent wellness and resilience, and client engagement. Her research also encompasses the delivery of health services, including models of service delivery and practice, and service providers’ approaches and expertise. Gillian holds the Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities (Tier 1). She has been an author on over 160 peer-reviewed publications and an investigator on more than 80 grants. 

Recent Publications

  1. Lindsay, S. Desmarais, C. Tetreault, S. King, G. A., & Pierart, G. The cultural brokerage work of occupational therapists in providing culturally sensitive care. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2014 Feb;Early Online:1-10. Available from: doi: 10.1177/0008417413520441. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  2. King, G., Batorowicz, B. Rigby, P. McMain-Klein, M. Thompson, L. & Pinto, M. Development of a measure to assess youth self-reported experiences of activity settings (SEAS). International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 2014 Feb;61(1):44-66. Available from: doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2014.878542. Principal Author.
  3. Shepherd, T. A. King, G., Servais, M. Bolack, L. & Willoughby, W. Clinical scenario discussions of listening in interprofessional health care teams. International Journal of Listening. 2014 Jan;28(1):47-63. Available from: Senior Responsible Author.
  4. Ninan, A. Stewart, S. Theall, L. King, G., Evans, R. Baiden, P.& Brown, A. Psychotropic medication monitoring checklists:Use and utility for children in residential care. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2014 Jan;23(1):38-47. Senior Responsible Author.
  5. King, G., Rigby, P. Batorowicz, B. McMain-Klein, M. Petrenchik, T. Thompson, L. & Gibson, M. Development of a direct observation measure of environmental qualities of activity settings (MEQAS). Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2014 Jan;Early Online:1-7. Available from: doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12400. Principal Author.