Susan Forwell (Canada)
Etsuko Odawara (Japan)
Who are we?
Susan Forwell (Canada)
Suzanne Huot (Canada)
Dr. Suzanne Huot received her PhD in Occupational Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. She served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists (CSOS) from 2006-2009 and then joined the board as Treasurer from 2009-2013. She is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and Field leader of the Occupational Science stream in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program at Western. She has been on conference planning committees for conferences held by CSOS itself (2008, 2012), in conjunction with SSO:USA and ISOS (2010, 2014) and when hosting occupational science streams during the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists annual conference (2009, 2013). She has published five articles in the Journal of Occupational Science and is also a reviewer for the journal. Dr. Huot’s occupation-focused research centers on the experiences of international migrants within contemporary policy contexts. Her critically oriented work examines shifting relationships between occupation, place and identity related to experiences of mobility. She has collaborated with colleagues at the Auckland University of Technology and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct internationally comparative work in this area. Being bilingual in Canada’s official languages of French and English, part of her research focusses specifically upon the role of language in mediating occupational engagement for those in linguistic minority communities. Her work has been disseminated through 9 peer reviewed publications, 3 book chapters and 35 conference presentations. She is interested in helping lead occupational science scholarship globally through ISOS initiatives.
Assistant Professor - School of Occupational Therapy
Field leader for Occupational Science - Health and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Western Ontario
Dr. Etsuko Odawara (Japan)
I was born and raised in Japan, received my OT entry-level education in Japan in the 1970s. Since then, my practice experience has been with people with physical disabilities and with Japan’s rapidly increasing number of elders. As a mature clinician, I further dedicated myself to occupational therapy education in Japan. Throughout my clinical experience as an occupational therapist and occupational therapy educator in Japan, however, I felt something lacking with my approach in this health profession.
My search for further knowledge in graduate courses at the University of Southern California awakened me to where I was as a therapist and where the Japanese OT profession was in its history relative to knowledge development in occupational science. Communication and interaction with my mentors, colleagues and occupational scientists all over the world through SSO: USA, JSSO, and ISOS persuaded me that here, within occupational science, is what I have searched for so long, the foundation and direction of a focus on occupation within the everyday life of people everywhere, with and without disability.
Since my return to Japan in 2007, I have continued my research and teaching focus on expanding international understanding of occupation from a Japanese perspective and have contributed to the development of the occupational science community in Japan as a Board member, Conference Chair and active member of JSSO. I also am enjoying invited opportunities to share my knowledge of occupation and health to occupational scientists and therapists internationally and with students throughout Asia.
Now I would like to contribute further to the international networking of occupational science through participation as a Board member of ISOS.