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Brenda N Wilson


Research Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics; Professional Practice Leader/Occupational Therapy, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

(403) 955-5565

Alberta Children's Hospital
C0-406, 2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 6A8


Past Experience:

In addition to working in many clinical programs of the Alberta Children's Hospital, I have held positions with school boards and community agencies, including the development of a new program for at-risk babies and toddlers through the Heartland Agency. I worked at the Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) in the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Center for 18 years and with the Decision Support Research Team for over 5 years.  I am currently working as an occupational therapist in the Transition Service of the Vi Riddell Pain and Rehabilitation Initiative.

Research Interests

I have been a Principle or Co-investigator on the following projects:

  • Comparison of two treatment approaches used by therapists to improve functional skills in infants and preschools who have cerebral palsy
  • A study on the effectiveness of outreach in improving the physical activity levels of children living in vulnerable neighbourhoods
  • Detection of motor, visual-motor and perceptual problems in extremely low birth weight infants at age five
  • Development of a parent questionnaire to identify children at risk for motor coordination problems, and the subsequent re-validation and age extension of the questionnaire
  • Development and commercialisation of a test called the Clinical Observations of Motor and Postural Skills
  • A comparative study of the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy
  • Development of a preschool screening tool for motor coordination problems

I also collaborate on several international projects to facilitate clinical and research consistency across cultures and nations.

Presently, my interest includes early and accurate identification of learning, motor and attention problems in child and adolescent health, through test development and through identification of how a condition may present itself differently at different ages, in different disciplines and for different genders.

Research Activities: 

Child health

Other Area(s) of Research: 

Child Development


Recent publications (updated January, 2011)

  • M.Sc. (Master of Science)
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