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

  • Jarus, T et al.. 2023. Profiling the Research Activities of Canadian Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Faculty Members.. Can J Occup Ther. doi: 10.1177/00084174221145820.
  • Jarus, T et al.. 2023. Negotiating legitimacy and belonging: Disabled students' and practitioners' experience.. Med Educ. doi: 10.1111/medu.15002.
  • Mayer, Y et al.. 2023. Social support experiences of students and clinicians with disabilities in health professions.. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. doi: 10.1007/s10459-022-10169-9.
  • Jarus, T et al.. 2022. Bringing disability experiences front stage: Research-based theatre as a teaching approach to promote inclusive health education.. Nurse Educ Today. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105408.
  • Joy-Correll, K et al.. 2022. Barriers and facilitators for Indigenous students and staff in health and human services educational programs.. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. doi: 10.1007/s10459-022-10099-6.
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