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Kathleen Matuska is the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Program Director in the School of Health at St. Catherine University. She has contributed to the life balance scholarly discussion through published journal articles and presentations at national and international conferences. Her research and scholarly interests are primarily about understanding or clarifying the construct of life balance and determining ways to measure life balance for ongoing research and clinical application.

Dr. Charles Christiansen
is Executive Director of The American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Previously, he spent three decades in academic roles at various universities, including the University of Minnesota, The University of Texas Medical Branch, and The University of British Columbia. Dr. Christiansen holds degrees in educational administration, counseling psychology, and occupational therapy. His scholarly and scientific interests inhabit the domain of lifestyle and health, with a particular focus on individual patterns of activity over the life course and how these influence well-being. He is particularly interested in how the interconnections of social, psychological, and neurophysiological mechanism explain adaptation to stressful circumstances.

Dr. Helene J. Polatajko
is an internationally acclaimed researcher, educator, and clinician with extensive experience in assessment and intervention research. Dr. Polatajko is extremely well-published with over 200 publications, including books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles. She has given over 400 presentations in over 20 countries. Dr. Polatajko is one of the authors of the wellknown Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, now published in over 20 languages. She is also a primary author of Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-Being, & Justice Through Occupation. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Muriel Driver Lectureship and induction into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.

Jane A. Davis
is a lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Jane's current research is focused on examining the causal mechanisms that have lead to the production and reproduction of the current work-life balance discourse. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, published in occupation-based journals, and is a co-author of numerous book chapters related to enabling occupation, occupational development, and methods of inquiry. She serves as a board member for the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and co-edits a column entitled "Sense of Doing," on behalf of CSOS, in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists OT Now journal.


"In the hands of eager young students or mature thinkers enlightened by life-experience, this textbook has the potential to spur the beginnings of a change in the way health care is viewed, studied, and administered."

-- Louise Arpin, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

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