Lauren Stacey, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Full Name: Lauren Stacey
Current Work: Currently I am working as an Occupational Therapist at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. As a member of the Allied Health team, I work in an interdisciplinary environment to promote and optimize the functioning of individuals who have been hospitalized due to injury or illness. I assist with assessing and treating individuals who are experiencing occupational performance issues - which is the inability to participate and engage fully in one’s activities of daily living - as a result of injury or illness. I work to connect my clients and their families with community resources and services to ease their transition back into the community. Within my new role at Rockyview General Hospital, I have had the opportunity to contribute to a Calgary-wide collaborative project to improve outcomes of hospitalized individuals living with congestive heart failure (CHF). The goal is to identify how each healthcare discipline can best contribute to the treatment of CHF clients, create new evidence to inform best practice, and ultimately reduce the re-admission rates of this population.
From September to December of 2018 I was working as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Mary Forhan within the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Within this role I was working as a member of the Bariatric Care and Rehabilitation Research Group and conducted interviews with hospitalized patients who have bariatric care needs to inform a set of guidelines and recommendations to improve the quality of care for such patients. I will be traveling to Niagara Falls, Ontario this May to present this research at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists annual conference.
Scholarship & Awards:
Mary Bahen Gold Medal Award (Awarded at convocation to the student who has achieved the highest standard in academic courses, clinical fieldwork, and leadership)
Remington Award in Rehabilitation of Adults (Awarded at convocation to the student with the highest grade in the courses, Enabling Occupation with Adults Part 1 & 2)
A. Ruth (Bostock) Fallis Scholarship (Awarded for strong academic merit in the first year of the OS&OT Master’s program at the University of Toronto)
Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship in OT (Awarded for the highest academic achievement in the first year of the OS&OT Master’s program at the University of Toronto)
Bader Fellowship in Memory of Jean Royce (Amount: $14,900; Awarded for academic excellence, commitment to community involvement, and pursuance of research which contributes to the advancement of knowledge for a single Queen’s University alumni)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Shirley A. Ward Admission Scholarship in Occupational Therapy
Career Goals: I am just getting started in my career as an Occupational Therapist and thus my career goals are still not set-in-stone. However, my primary area of interest continues to be in the area of Women’s Health. I hope to be an advocate for the promotion of women’s health within the health care sector, both as a researcher and a clinician. I am hoping to potentially develop my own practice, which places women’s health at its core; to create a space where the physical, emotional, mental, and psychosocial challenges of individuals who identify as female can access quality healthcare to facilitate and promote optimal participation and engagement in their goals and communities. I have also always considered the possibility of pursuing a PhD, and it is definitely not off the table at this point. Either way, my ultimate goal is to advocate for female-identifying individuals within healthcare to promote an understanding of and to address the structural inequities this population experiences when attempting to access healthcare.
Future Education Plans: I was recently accepted into the Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health and Rehabilitation Medicine with the University of Alberta. The completion of this program is one of my first steps towards informing my future clinical practice and research in the area of Women’s Health. Sexuality and sexual health are often overlooked in healthcare, despite their central role in the life of our clients and patients. My goal is to learn and develop new tools to better address sex and sexual health in my clinical practice to provide better and more holistic care to my clients. More importantly, I hope to share the knowledge I gain through this post-graduate certificate with my peers and colleagues to promote better quality of care for as many clients as possible across the healthcare continuum.