Joan Cameron


Professional Summary

Joan Cameron has a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Science with a focus on wellness and disability from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has postgraduate certification in neurodevelopmental treatment and has developed expertise in the assessment and treatment of persons with neurological conditions since 1982. Joan holds the following certifications: Canadian Aquatic Rehab Instructors (CARI) and Aqua Stretch Facilitator. The following experience informs Joan’s current practice:

  • Staff Occupational Therapist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (a world class teaching hospital)
  • Educator Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, School of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Volunteer work with marginalized populations in 5 countries
  • Researcher in chronic neurological conditions, Queen’s University HELPSINC, LINC Study, MS Research Institute
  • Adjunct Instructor, Occupational Therapy Program, Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Co-founder Camp Awakening: summer camps and leadership programs for youth with disabilities

Her approach focuses on collaborative home and community-based treatment for all ages including infants and children with sensory processing disorder, and clients of all ages who experience physical or mental health challenges. Of particular interest is the use of aquatic therapy in the management of chronic conditions. Relevant publications include Learning Client-Centred Practice  and Collaborating for Inclusion. Joan is a registered member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO), and the Canadian Aquatic Rehabilitation Institute (CARI).


M.Sc., B.Sc., O.T. Reg. (Ont).


  • Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Science
    Faculty of Health and Science, Queen's University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Toronto (1983)