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Cary A Brown, PhD, MA, BMR(OT)


Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me

Cary Brown, PhD, is full professor and accepts graduate students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.


PhD – Medical Sociology/Primary Care – University of Liverpool, UK

MA – Medical Anthropology – University of Manitoba

BMR(OT) – University of Manitoba

Background Information

Dr. Brown is a full time faculty member at the University of Alberta. She has practiced clinically as an occupational therapist, department supervisor and academic in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Dr. Brown teaches and researches in the areas of knowledge translation, health literacy, sleep, and chronic pain across the life span. She has numerous publications on these topics and presents regularly at national and international conferences. Annually, Dr. Brown teaches a graduate module in Sleep and Health and has received previous funding for research in the areas of disordered sleep in both children and persons with dementia. Her interest in disordered sleep is linked to her research activities in chronic pain, one of which received the Canadian Pain Society – Pain Awareness Award 2010 for Knowledge Translation activities.

Professional Interests

Dr. Brown is interested in environmental modification for sleep problems, human/companion dog bond, pain meaning construction, knowledge translation, and the concept of scholarship as it applies to students in higher education. She has experience in educational website development, survey design, critical review and health literacy development for caregivers of vulnerable populations.


Current Research

Recent research projects include:


Dr. Brown's teaching areas include:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Occupational therapy approaches to sleep 
  • Knowledge translation

She supervises MScOT final capping projects that primarily use the methods of Critical Review, Concept Analysis and Product Evaluation