Rose Martini
Rose Martini
Full Professor
Director of the Occupational Therapy program

2002 Ph.D. Educational Psychology McGill University
1994 M.Sc. Occupational Therapy The University of Western Ontario
1989 B.Sc. Occupational Therapy McGill University

LEE 261H
613-562-5800 ext. 8028


Professor Rose Martini received her BSc in occupational therapy from McGill University, her MSc in occupational therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and her PhD in educational psychology from McGill University. Her research focuses on enabling occupational performance in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly those with DCD. This includes the adaptation and development of evaluation measures, as well as the study of the effectiveness of the cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance (CO-OP) approach with respect to skill acquisition, retention, and transfer. Her more recent research aims to better understand everyday occupations in families. Professor Martini is a founding member of the International Cognitive Approaches Network (ICAN) and is also interim co-editor-in-chief of The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Professor Martini is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance (CO-OP)
  • Understanding occupation in families
  • Cross-cultural validation of screening measures for French-Canadian populations


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  • Martini, R., & Techene, S. (2018). Comment l'approche CO-OP met-elle l'accent sur l’occupation ? En quoi cette vision de l'ergothérapie est-elle nécessaire pour la pratique en France ? In Jean-Michel Caire Arnaud Schabaille (Ed.), Engagement, occupation et santé: Une approche centrée sur l'accompagnement de l'activité de la personne dans son contexte de vie (pp. 157-174). Paris, France: ANFE.
  • Martini, R. & Kessler, D. (2017). Dynamic Performance Analysis. In Michael Curtin MaryEgan Jo Adams (Ed.), Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: Promoting occupation and participation (7th ed.) (pp. 207-216). Elsevier.
  • Green, D., & Martini, R. (2017). Group Approaches in Childhood. In Helene PolatajkoSara McEwen Deirdre Dawson (Ed.), Enabling participation across the lifespan: Advancements, adaptations and extensions for the CO-OP Approach (pp.193-206). Bethesda, MD, United States: AOTA.
  • Cameron, D., Capistran, J.*, Edwards, B. Hunt, A., Martini, R. (2017). Involving Parents and Others in the CO-OP process. In Helene Polatajko Sara McEwen Deirdre Dawson (Ed.), Enabling participation across the lifespan: Advancements, adaptations and extensions for the CO-OP Approach (pp. 161-176). Bethesda, MD, United States: AOTA.

  • Martini, R., & Savard, J. (in press). Exploring the effectiveness of a Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) group intervention. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Martini, R., Capistran, J.*, Centauro, J.*, Coego, E.*, Nadarajah, M.*, Venne, J.*,  & Zwicker, J. (2021). Parents’ Experience with the CO-OP Approach: A consolidation of three qualitative investigations. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 88, 12-25. DOI: 10.1177/0008417420968680
  • Ranger, M.C.*, Bossé, S.*, & Martini, R. (2020). Occupational patterns of families living with a health condition: A scoping review. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/11-38128.2020.1766107
  • Ouellet-Scott, N., Fortin, P., Girouard-Chantal, E., Gagnon, M., Peckre, P., Martini, R., Lambert, J., Luu, T., & Simard, M. (2020). Screening for mild to moderate motor impairments in very preterm children: Utility of parent questionnaires. Early Human Development, 141.
  • Ray-Kaeser, Sylvie, Thomen, E., Martini, R., Jover, M., Gurtner, B., Berthrand, A. M. (2019). Psychometric assessment of the French European Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (DCDQ-FE). PLOS-OME, 14(5), e0217280, xx. DOI: M
  • Sooley, M*. Cressman, E., & Martini, R. (2018). Movement imagery as a predictor of online control in typically developing children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 43508-523. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2018.1479754.
  • Martini, R., Cramm, H., Egan, M., & Sikora, L. (2016). A scoping review of self-regulation: What are occupational therapists talking about? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 1-15.
  • Ray-Kaeser, S., Martini, R., & Bertrand, M. (2016). Validation transculturelle du questionnaire « Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire-DCDQ’07 » en français ’Europe pour l’identification du trouble de l’acquisition de la coordination : le QTAC-FE. Revue Francophone de Recherche en Ergothérapie, 2(1), 8-20. doi:10.13096/rfre.v2n1.36.
  • Martini, R., Carter, M. Yoxon, E.*, Cumming, J., & Ste-Marie, D. (2016). Development and validation of the Movement Imagery Questionnaire for Children (MIQ- C). Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 22, 190-20.
  • Capistran, J*., & Martini, R. (2016). Exploring inter-task transfer following a CO-OP approach with four children with DCD: A single subject multiple baseline design. Human Movement Studies, 49, 277-290. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2016.07.004.Author Contribution: thesis supervisor (guided study design development, data collection and analysis, manuscript writing)
  • Martini, R. Rios, J. Polatajko, H. J. Wolf, T. & McEwen, S. E. (2015). The Performance Quality Rating Scale (PQRS): Reliability, convergent validity and internal responsiveness for two scoring systems. Disability and Rehabilitation.
  • Martini, R. Mandich, A. & Green, D. (2014). Implementing a modified cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance approach for use in a group format. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(4), 214-219.
  • Martini R, St-Pierre MF*, & Wilson B. (2011). French Canadian cross-cultural adaptation of the developmental coordination disorder questionnaire (DCDQ-FC). Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78, 318-327.
  • Gibson, B. E.,  Darrah, J., Cameron, D., Hashemi, G., Kingsnorth, S., Lepage, C., Martini, R., Mandich, A., Menna-Dack, D. (2009). Revisiting therapy assumptions in children’s rehabilitation: Clinical and research implications. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31, 1446-1453
  • Martini, R., & Shore, B. (2008). Pointing to parallels in the use of metacognition in academic and psychomotor tasks. Learning and Individual Differences, 28, 237-247.
  • Martini, R., Wall, A. E., & Shore, B.M. (2004). Metacognitive processes underlying psychomotor performance in children with differing psychomotor abilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 21, 248-268
  • Polatajko, H., Mandich, A., & Martini, R. (2000). Dynamic performance analysis: A framework for understanding occupational performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54, 65-72. (This article has been translated to Italian and reprinted with permission)
  • Martini, R., & Polatajko, H. J.  (1998). Verbal self-guidance as a treatment approach for children with developmental coordination disorder: A systematic replication study. The Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 18(4), 157-181.