Christine Guptill
Christine Guptill
Associate Professor with tenure

2013-2014 - CAOT Research Fellow
2010-2013 - Post-doctoral Fellowship - McMaster University/ Hand and Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, London, ON
2010 - PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University
2000 - MSc (Occupational Therapy), Western Michigan University
1996 - BSc Biology, Western University
1995 - BMus (oboe performance), Western University

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Professor Guptill received her occupational therapy training at Western Michigan University, and her PhD in rehabilitation sciences at Western University. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she completed a three-year training program in work disability prevention at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in partnership with the Institutes for Work and Health. She holds a status appointment at the University of Toronto's Music and Health Research Collaboratory, and an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alberta. She is co-director of the Canadian Network for Musicians Health and Wellness, a co-founder of Mental Performance in Arts Canada, and currently serves as vice- chair of research for the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She was a founding member of both the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, and of the Health Advisory Team for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC). She provides primary care occupational therapy to the NYOC, and in 2012, she was honoured to receive a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of this work. She is a member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, and in her spare time, she performs as a freelance oboist.

Professor Guptill is not currently accepting students.

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Academic experience

  • Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa, 2023-present
  • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa, 2020-2023
  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, 2015-2020
  • Instructor, Health and Music Performance, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Jan-Apr. 2015
  • Instructor, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, 2014-2015
  • Lecturer, Western University, 2003-2014

Clinical experience

  • Private practice, Musicians' Health, 2007-present
  • Performing Arts Medicine Clinic, Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, 2017-18
  • Adult home care, VHA Rehab Solutions, 2014-15
  • Motor vehicle insurance examinations, DMA Rehability and Southwestern Rehab Assessments 2008-2012
  • Occupational Health & Safety Services, London Health Sciences Centre, 2002-2003
  • Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, 2001-2002
  • School Health Support Services, Pathways Centre for Children, 2000-2001

Research interests

Professor Guptill’s research focuses on work disability prevention, with specific focus on the health and occupational performance of musicians. This population focus includes elements of health promotion, workplace health and disability management, physical and psychosocial rehabilitation, and occupational science, to name a few.

Current research projects

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant, “Health promotion in post-secondary music education: An institutional ethnography” (2021-2024)

This project seeks to map how post-secondary music students’ work and health are hooked into social processes (e.g., policies/procedures, curricula, etc.) within and outside of three institutions: two in Canada, and one in Australia

Past research projects

  • Canadian trial of an assessment protocol for music students (MusicCohort)
  • Canadian trial of Sound Performers, an online health literacy intervention for tertiary music students, funded by the Worldwide Universities Network and SSHRC
  • Design and delivery of course for health professionals and educators in Performing Arts Medicine, including assessment battery for dancers, instrumentalists, vocalists and actors (D.I.V.A.)

Selected publications