• Dr. Juliette Cooper
  • Professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    771 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6


Research achievements

Research summary

During the earlier years of my career, I studied the functional consequences of upper limb osteoarthritis, the biopsychosocial aspects of work-related low back pain, and the evolution of professionalization. Together with master of occupational therapy (MOT) students in the critical Inquiry course, we have investigated factors that contribute to stress in occupational therapy students, the demographic profile of alternate level of care patients, restorative and transitional care, attributes of cultural competence, screening tools for frailty, mentorship for professionals, transition from student to clinician, the role of occupational therapy in treatment of Long COVID and other episodic disabilities.

Research groups

Research groups include:

Member, Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID, University of Toronto


  • chronic conditions
  • electromyography
  • evidence-based practice
  • functional anatomy
  • return to work

Teaching philosophy

My goal in teaching is to help students understand concepts, make connections with other parts of curriculum, know how to use resources to find answers, and then apply this integrated knowledge to their evolving understanding of their discipline. I believe that learning should be fun and I try to demonstrate that it is a life-long, joyful process.


I joined the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba in 1974 and now hold the rank of Professor Emerita in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. I have taught functional anatomy continuously since 1980. I have conducted motion analysis research in the Faculty of Engineering and work disability research in the Department of Community Health Sciences.

Nationally, I served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of CIHR's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, and on the Board of Research Canada. I am a past director of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, now the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. I served on the University of Manitoba Senate for 16 years and was twice elected by Senate to the Board of Governors.

In 2011-2012, I was the Chair of the ad hoc Committee of Senate Executive to Review Policies and Practices Related to Accommodation of Students with Disabilities and Governance Procedures Related t o Academic Requirements.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Human Anatomy (University of Manitoba,1987)
  • Master of Science, Human Anatomy (University of Manitoba,1982)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (University of Manitoba, 1979)
  • Diploma in Physical & Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto, 1963)


  • Heather Crowe Award, Canadian Lung Association (2020)
  • Life Membership, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (2020)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (Service to the University of Manitoba), University of Manitoba Alumni Association (2015)
  • Thelma Cardwell Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2014)
  • Recipient, YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Science, Technology and the Environment) (2013)
  • Honorary Life Member, Research Canada (2012) 
  • Peter D. Curry Chancellor’s Award, University of Manitoba (2012)
  • Muriel Driver Memorial Lecturer, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (2012)
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Fellowship Award (2009)
  • Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists, Outstanding Occupational Therapist Award (1998)

Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada