College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy
Room 215 - 771 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6
Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research (MCNHR)
Dr. Ripat's primary area of research focuses on understanding how users of assistive technology participate in their occupations and within their communities, the interaction between assistive technology users and the environment, and the meaning that people ascribe to assistive technology.
Dr. Jacquie Ripat is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.
Using qualitative, participatory, and mixed methods research approaches, the goal of her program of research is to understand the interaction between people with disabilities who use assistive technologies and the physical, socio-cultural, and attitudinal environments in which individuals interact.
Through developing this understanding, she seeks to develop and implement ways to use assistive technology, and to modify environments, in order to promote community participation and inclusion of people with disabilities across the lifespan.
Her program of research is greatly strengthened by the collaborative research relationships she has with colleagues from a range of disciplines, including: engineering, nursing, physical therapy, architecture, interior design, and library science.