Priyanka Thakkar, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Priya ThakkaPriya Thakkar Year of Study: First year
Graduate Department: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Country of Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pre-MSc/PhD Education: University of Waterloo, Honours Bachelor of Science

Why Faculty of Medicine?

I chose the Faculty of Medicine for its research reputation, placement opportunities and the network of resources available to students. I wanted to immerse myself in an environment that places emphasis on continuous learning, evidence-based practice, mentorship and interprofessional collaboration.

Why this Department?

I chose to become an Occupational Therapist after observing the impact an OT can make in helping people live productive lives through the use of meaningful occupations. The department of OS&OT has researchers who are world class leaders in their fields and welcome collaboration with students. My interests in return to work, assistive technology, and workplace mental health aligned with the work researchers in this department were doing, making OS&OT the right fit for me.

Current Research Experience

I’m currently conducting research on spinal cord injuries and return to work interventions for injured workers. I will be starting another research project in the next few weeks looking at the intersection of assistive technology and user experience. Prior to starting this program, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in a Behavioural Economics lab investigating probabilities and gambling habits.

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals

After my Masters, I plan to utilize my background in Human Resources to assist employers in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Consulting, private practice and community rehabilitation are areas I intend to explore further.

Contact Ambassador Priyanka Thakkar