Cary’s professional degree is in occupational therapy and she received her PhD in Primary Care/Medical Sociology from the University of Liverpool in the UK. Currently she is a full Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the University of Alberta. She has practiced as an occupational therapist, department supervisor and academic in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
Her research program focuses on chronic pain and on non-pharmacological sleep interventions, such as hand self-Shiatsu (1). She has also carried out research in knowledge translation approaches, published and presented widely on the topic of sleep, and co-edited the 1st textbook on sleep for occupational therapists (2).
Several of her research projects have led to public education health websites, one of which received the Canadian Pain Society – Pain Awareness Award 2010 (see below). Other websites include Sleep Resources for Persons with Dementia (see below). ; Sleep Right for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions (see below), Recognizing and managing fatigue in the occupational therapists’ workplace (see below), and a sleep environment website developed by her MScOT students (see below).
1) Brown C A, Bostick G, Bellmore L, Kumanayaka D. 2014. Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: a pilot study. Journal of Integrative Medicine, 12(2), pp.94–101. Available from: http://www.jcimjournal.com/jim/showAbstrPage.aspx?articleID=S2095-4964(14)60010-8
2) Green A, Brown C A. An Occupational Therapist’s Guide to Sleep and Sleep Problems. Jessica Kingsley Publishing; 2015 http://www.jkp.com/uk/an-occupational-therapist-s-guide-to-sleep-and-sleep-problems.html
Pain and Dementia: www.painanddementia.ualberta.ca
Sleep Resources for Persons with Dementia: http://www.sleep-dementia-resources.info/
Sleep Right for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions: http://app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cary-R/sleepright-website/
Recognizing and managing fatigue in the occupational therapists’ workplace: http://www.otfatiguesaot.info/
Sleep environment website developed by her MScOT students: http://cbotlabs.wix.com/sleepenvironment