Susan Street, Associate

Sue has been a licensed Occupational Therapist for the last 20 years and has practiced in a variety of diverse areas including acute care (orthopaedics, rehabilitation, geriatrics), rural health, long term care, occupational/ workplace health (women’s occupational health, ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, return-to-work, operational stress injuries), health promotion, public health policy, and developing evidence-based participatory approaches to address workplace injury prevention and health promotion.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in 1992 and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2000. Sue has authored several peer-reviewed and grey literature publications and has presented her research at numerous conferences since 2000.

In addition to guest lecturing at the Dalhousie School of Occupational Therapy and coordinating the CAOT National Certification Exam for Nova Scotia every July and November, Sue works in a solo private practice in Halifax, N.S., where she has provided consultation services for various clients in both the private and public sectors including the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, Veterans’ Affairs Canada, Department of National Defense, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and various industrial clients.

Sue’s primary areas of research interest and expertise include: women’s occupational health, developing and evaluating participatory ergonomics education and wellness programmes for diverse workplaces, conducting sex- and gender-based analyses of occupational health research and occupational health interventions (particularly as they apply to research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders), exploring the roles of occupational therapy in workplace health promotion and education, examining sex and gender differences in work-related musculoskeletal injuries (specifically in office workers, military personnel, and health care workers), developing health policy regarding the role of occupational therapy in “non-traditional” environments, understanding sex and gender differences in the effectiveness and outcomes of return-to-work programs, and understanding the complex, systemic inequalities that remain alive and well in occupational health and health research, in general.