Lili Liu, PhD, M.Sc, B.Sc


Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me

PhD. Rehabilitation Science – McGill University – 1993
MS. Rehabilitation Science – McGill University –1988
BSc Occupational Therapy – McGill University – 1984

Background Information
As an occupational therapist, Dr. Liu worked with adults with dementia and mental health conditions. Her graduate work examined cognitive and functional assessments for individuals with spatial disorientation associated with dementia. She joined the University of Alberta in 1992 and assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in 2008.

Professional Interests
Dr. Liu engages in inter-professional education and research. As  a research affiliate with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and a Research Associate Capital Care, Dr. Liu collaoborates with community partners facilitate and support research that is practical and relevant to clinicians, clients and other stakeholders. At the University of Alberta, Dr. Liu is an Academic Co-lead, with Dr. Eleni Stroulia, for the Smart Condo™, a living lab for inter-professional learning and research.


Current Research
Lili Liu is an occupational therapist and her research focuses on user adoption of technologies for rehabilitation assessments and interventions, and ways technologies can help older adults and family caregivers. She is an investigator with Age-Well Network of Centres of Excellence. At the University of Alberta, she is academic co-lead for the Smart Condo™ a living laboratory where health sciences students learn in an interprofessional environment and researchers collaborate with industry on validating technologies that help older adults remain independent in their homes.


Lili Liu, PhD, is a graduate supervisor among the academic staff at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Liu currently mentors two graduate students and is accepting up to two new PhD or MSc students. She has served on several thesis committees for graduate students in a variety of disciplines including computing science, nursing, human ecology, and civil engineering.