Shanon Phelan

Shanon Phelan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Occupational Therapy and Assistant Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. Shanon is interested in disability ethics, health professional ethics, research ethics and critical reflexivity. She is particularly interested in how ethical tensions and ethical decision-making shape and are shaped by health policy and systemic constraints. Her current research areas include negotiating ethical tensions in hospital-based and community-based occupational therapy practice, ethical issues in pediatric rehabilitation, and ethics education in rehabilitation disciplines. Shanon draws upon critical social science approaches and qualitative methodologies to examine disability discourses, health care practices and policies from an ethical perspective.

Selected Publications

Kinsella, E.A., Phelan, S., & Bidinosti, S. (In Press). An arts-based approach to ethics education in the health professions. In A. Peterkin & P. Brett-MacLean (Eds.). Keeping reflection fresh: Top educators share their knowledge in health professional education. Kent State Press.

Kinsella, E.A., & Phelan, S. (In Press). “I am not the same person I was in September”: Eliciting occupational narratives through an arts-based approach to ethics education. In M. Molineux (Ed.). Occupational narratives: Narrative research in human occupation and health. Blackwell Press.

Phelan, S.K., Wright, V., & Gibson, B.E. (2014). Representations of disability and normality in rehabilitation technology promotional materials. Disability and Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.891055

Phelan, S.K., & Kinsella, E.A. (2013). Picture this…safety, dignity, and voice. Ethical research with children: Practical considerations for the reflexive researcher. Qualitative Inquiry, 19, 81-90.

Phelan, S.K. (2011). Constructions of disability: A call for critical reflexivity in occupational therapy. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78, 164-172.