Invited Scholar

paula rowland

Paula Rowland, OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD

Scientist, The Wilson Centre and Post MD Education,
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and
Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto, University Health Network

Dates of Visit: March 8 – 11, 2021

Purpose of Visit

During this visit to CHES, Dr. Rowland will be meeting with individual members of the CHES community to discuss their research ideas, offer advice, and explore areas of joint interest. Dr. Rowland will also be presenting at the CHES Cutting Edge Speaker Series on March 9.


Paula Rowland, PhD, is a Scientist at the Wilson Centre and at the University of Toronto Post MD program. In her research, Dr. Rowland examines how organizational practices and policies shape knowing, knowledge, and professional identity within clinical workplaces. To that end, Dr. Rowland has two related streams of research activity. The first is a systematic exploration of professional and organizational approaches to improve patient safety. The second stream of research explores programs and initiatives that position patients as sources of knowledge and expertise (e.g. patient engagement programs for quality improvement, patients as educators). Together, these two streams of research activity contribute to theoretical and practical understandings of how knowledge is created, shared, and sustained in organizations (inclusive of patient knowledge) and how all of this activity might shape the future of health care systems. This program of research has implications for the clinical learning environment, continuing professional development, workplace learning, and patient and public engagement.