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Occupational Therapy in Primary Care Inter-professional Collaboration Person-Centered Care

Cynthia Yamamoto – COTF Master’s Scholarship – Award $1,500

I am thrilled to be a recipient of the 2017 Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) Master’s Scholarship. I graduated from the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Manitoba in 2012. Since graduating, I have divided my time between research and practice roles. In the academic sphere, I have had the honour of working with and learning from researchers at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences through my work as a research assistant and tutor. My research interests include interprofessional collaboration, occupational therapy in primary care, person-centred care and community development. In my practice role, I have been privileged to work with the facilitators and participants of the Gaining Resources Our Way (GROW) Program, a community-based transitional life skills day program for young adults with social, intellectual and developmental disabilities. I was delighted to return to my studies this fall to pursue a Master of Rehabilitation Science, with the aim of continuing on to complete a PhD in Applied Health Sciences. As ever, I am inspired by other researchers in occupational therapy. Access to education and mentorship has nurtured in me a passion for contributing to the robust scholarly academic community of our profession. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the COTF for supporting me as I continue my journey towards becoming an independent researcher in occupational therapy.
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