Project Leads

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.), is a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program (Occupational Science field) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. She applies critically-oriented qualitative approaches to examine how everyday occupations (encompassing the range of activities people need and want to do in order to maintain and optimize their lives, families and communities) and identities of individuals and collectives, particularly of groups who experience social and economic marginalization, are situated within socio-cultural, political, economic, and historical conditions. Dr. Rudman’s work attends to the socio-political and discursive shaping of social issues and inequities, such as long-term unemployment and the extension of working lives, and raises awareness of the implications of re-configurations for how social issues come to be addressed and negotiated by individuals and through services. Dr. Rudman is the Principal Investigator for the Boundaries and Possibilities study. She can be reached at



Beccy Aldrich is an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of the Arts degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and her Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on three primary areas: situations of occupational injustice, including long-term unemployment and everyday life in risk-immersed communities; the theoretical and Deweyan underpinnings of occupational science concepts; and the scholarship of teaching and learning in occupational science, particularly in relation to international educational collaborations. Dr. Aldrich leads up the St.Louis site of the Boundaries and Possibilities study. She can be reached at