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Cori Schmitz, MEd, BScOT

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) & Associate Teaching Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me

Master of Education - Graduate Division of Educational Research - Specialization: Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies - University of Calgary - 2010

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - School of Rehabilitation Therapy - Queen's University - 1997


Rehabilitation Medicine Students’ Association (RMSA) Teaching Award for Occupational Therapy 2013-14

Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) Award 2016 (for service 2008-2011)


Clinical Background

Prior to becoming the ACCE and an instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Cori's most recent clinical experience had been in senior’s health and home care in Calgary and in community-based mental health and supported housing in Vancouver.

Professional & Research Interests

  • Fieldwork & Clinical Education
  • Educational Research & Curriculum Development
  • Therapeutic Use of Self in OT Practice
  • Professionalism & Transition to Practice
  • Inter-professional (IP) Education & Service Provision
  • Diversity & Allyship
  • Client/Consumer Involvement & Narratives

Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

Lysaght, R., Thomas, A. Schmitz, C., Lee, M. & Bossers, A. (2018). Expanding the Foundation of Occupational Therapy Educational Research: A Canadian Initiative, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, available online.

King, S., Hall, M., McFarlane, L., Paslawski, T., Sommerfeldt, S., Hatch, T., Schmitz, C., Bates, H., Taylor, E. & Norton, B. (2017). Launching First-Year Health Sciences Students into Collaborative Practice: Highlighting Institutional Enablers and Barriers to Success, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31, 386-393.

Nagarajan, S., McAllister, L., McFarlane, L., Hall, M., Schmitz, C., Roots, R., Drynan, D., Avery, L., Murphy, S. & Lam, M. (2016). Telesupervision Benefits for Placements: Allied Health Students' and Supervisors' Perceptions, International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 4 (1), 16-27.

Nagarajan, S., McAllister, L., McFarlane, L., Hall, M., Schmitz, C., Roots, R., Drynan, D., Avery, L., Murphy, S. & Lam, M. (2015). Australian and Canadian Student and Supervisor Experiences of Telesupervision In Allied Health Clinical Education, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 38th Annual Conference Published Proceedings.

Schmitz, C. (2009). Creative & Contagious: A Critical Review of the Raging Grannies, Our Schools/Our Selves, 18(4), 43-53.

Publications (Popular)

Brown, C., Moon, M., Valvaara, K., Schmitz, C., Mullholland, S., Werther, K. & Esmail, S. (2019). Numbers, Measures and Metrics: Part of Our Ongoing Decolonization Journey, Occupational Therapy Now, 21(4), 13-15, open-access issue available online.

Moon, M., Schmitz, C., Brown, C. & Esmail, S. (2018). One Occupational Therapy Department's Initial Steps in Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Occupational Therapy Now, 20(3), 27-29.

Schmitz, C., Storr, C. & White, C. (2018). How Role-Emerging Placements Compare to Each Other & Contribute to Occupational Therapy Practice: A National Snapshot, Occupational Therapy Now (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists), 20(1), 14-16.

Schmitz, C., Lysaght, L., Paterson, M., Lee, M. & Thomas, A. (2017). Establishing Collective Priorities for Occupational Therapy Education Research in Canada, Occupational Therapy Now (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists), 19(5), 28-29.

Schmitz, C. & Hinrichs, J. (2016). An Early Exposure to OT Practice: Our UofA MScOT Introductory Fieldwork Placement Takes OffAssociation of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) Newsletter, 27, 6-7.

Schmitz, C. & Stastny, J. (2015). Supervising Students in a Specialized Practice Setting: A New Alberta Therapist Invests In his Profession, Occupational Therapy Now (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists), 18 (1), 16-17.

Hinrichs, J. & Schmitz, C. (2015). Expanding Orientation Week: Laying a Foundation for Student Learning, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP) Newsletter, 25, 10-11.

Schmitz, C. (2000). Occupational Therapy Around the Campfire, OT Line Newsletter, British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists.