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Megan Metzler

Position: 

Clinician Research and Session Instructor
Alberta Health Services

Phone: 
(403) 955-7464
Address: 

Alberta Children's Hospital
Clinical Neurosciences
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 6A8

Research Activities: 

As an occupational therapist, I have treated people following stroke across the spectrum of recovery:  from hospital admission to community reintegration.  Integrating best practices into day-to-day rehabilitation across all stages of rehabilitation is a long-standing passion.

Questions arising from treating patients led me to do a research master's.  Movement involving both hands (bimanual movement) is complex, sensitive to injury, and often impacted after stroke.  My research has shown that age-related decline of bimanual movement is reduced by playing a musical instrument, even in the remote past.  Further, bimanual skill corresponds to a  "thinking" skill, namely learning and remembering patterns subconsciously.  The relationship between movement and thinking, which are normally treated separately, is of particular interest to me.  Future research will explore the impact of stroke around the time of birth on bimanual movement and thinking as well as potential interventions. 

Research Areas: 
The development of remedial interventions for bimanual and cognitive skills after perinatal stroke
Certifications: 

Alberta College of Occupational Therapists