Dr. Tal Jarus


Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

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Dr. Jarus has two research focuses. Her first focus is on motor learning, with an emphasis on how skills are acquired, retained, and generalized to other tasks. Her second focus is on occupational performance and how it relates to health and well-being. Specifically, she examines the transition into and out of university of students with disabilities.

Dr. Jarus is an Investigator at ICORD. She is also a Professor at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia.

For some of her major findings, please see the selected papers below, as well as her recent publications listed at the bottom of the page:

Affiliation with organizations and societies:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)


Some of Dr. Jarus’ recent major awards and accomplishments include:

  • Award for initiation of community service learning project (“Friends”, Israel, 2005)
  • Doctoral Teaching Fellowship (New York University, 1985-1988)
  • Felipa De Souza Award (The International Human Rights Commission, 1998)


PhD Students
Laura Bulk
Parisa Ghanouni

Current Opportunities in the Lab

Please contact Dr. Jarus with inquiries.

Recent publications

  • Lipskaya-Velikovsky, L, Jarus, T, Kotler, M. 2017. Prediction of the intensity and diversity of day-to-day activities among people with schizophrenia using parameters obtained during acute hospitalization.. Disabil Rehabil. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1194896.
  • Lipskaya-Velikovsky, L, Jarus, T, Easterbrook, A, Kotler, M. 2016. Participation in daily life of people with schizophrenia in comparison to the general population.. Can J Occup Ther. doi: 10.1177/0008417416647158.
  • Maratos, M, Huynh, L, Tan, J, Lui, J, Jarus, T. 2016. Picture This: Exploring the Lived Experience of High-Functioning Stroke Survivors Using Photovoice.. Qual Health Res. doi: 10.1177/1049732316648114.
  • Bar, MA, Jarus, T, Wada, M, Rechtman, L, Noy, E. 2016. Male-to-female transitions: Implications for occupational performance, health, and life satisfaction.. Can J Occup Ther. doi: 10.1177/0008417416635346.
  • Imam, B, Miller, WC, Finlayson, H, Eng, JJ, Jarus, T. 2017. A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility of the Wii Fit for improving walking in older adults with lower limb amputation.. Clin Rehabil. doi: 10.1177/0269215515623601.
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