CDARS Lab Publications and Links
The CDARS unit conducts research investigating the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of children’s health and rehabilitation including examining how prevailing policies, practices, and values affect health, identity, and participation.
Here are some of our published research results:
Selected Peer Review Publications:
Gibson BE, Hamdani Y, Mistry B, Kawamura A. Tinkering with responsive caring in children’s rehabilitation: Implications for training and practice. Social Science & Medicine: Qualitative Research in Health. Special issue - The Sociology of Health Professions Education. 2023 Jun: (3): 100286. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2023.100286
Gibson B.E., Fadyl J., Terry G., *Waterworth K., *Mosleh D., Kayes N.M. A posthuman decentring of person-centred care. Health Sociology Review. Special issue: Progressing critical posthuman perspectives in health sociology. 2021 Nov: 30 (3): 292-307. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2021.1975555.
Thille P, Abrams T, Gibson BE. Enacting objects and subjects in a children’s rehabilitation clinic: Default and shifting ontological politics of muscular dystrophy care. Health. 2022 Jul: 26 (4): 495-511. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459320969783
Mosleh, D, Gibson B.E. Abnormal-Becoming-Normal: Conceptualizations of Childhood Disability in Children's Rehabilitation Textbooks. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.2022 April: 24(1), 122–135. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/sjdr.877.
Abrams T, Thille P, Gibson BE. Disability, affect theory, and the politics of breathing: The case of muscular dystrophy. Subjectivity. 2021 Dec: 14: 201-217. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-021-00125-0.
Gibson B.E. Worlding disability: Categorizations, labels, and the making of people. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 2019 Jun: 10(2):85-96.
Setchell J, Abrams T, McAdam LC, Gibson B.E. Cheer* in Health Care Practice: What It Excludes and Why It Matters. Qualitative Health Research. 2019 Sept; 29(13): 1890-1903
Gibson B.E., Terry G., Setchell J., Bright F.A.S., Cummins C., Kayes N.M. The micro-politics of caring: Tinkering with person-centred rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation Special Issue: Ultrabilitation. 2019 in press.
Thille, P., Gibson, B.E., Abrams, T., McAdam, L.C., Mistry, B. and Setchell, J. Enhancing the human dimensions of children’s neuromuscular care: piloting a methodology for fostering team reflexivity. Advances in Health Sciences Education.2018 Nov 23(5), 867-889
Abrams, T., *Setchell J, Thille, P, Mistry, B., Gibson, B.E. Affect, intensity, and moral assemblage in rehabilitation practice, BioSocieties. 2018 Mar; Early Online.
Setchell J, Thille P, Abrams T, McAdam LC, Mistry B, Gibson BE. Enhancing human aspects of care with young people with muscular dystrophy: Results from a participatory qualitative study with clinicians. Child: care, health and development. 2018 Mar 1;44(2):269-77
Setchell, J., Nicholls, D., Gibson B.E., Objecting: Multiplicity and the practice of physiotherapy. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 2018 Jan 22 (2):165-184
Teachman, G., & Gibson, B.E. Integrating visual methods with dialogical interviews in research with youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2018 Jan. Electronic Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406917750945
Teachman, G, McDonough, P, Macarthur, C, Gibson, BE. A critical dialogical methodology for conducting research with disabled youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. Qualitative Inquiry. Special issue: "Reclaiming” Disability in Critical Qualitative Research. 2018 Jan; 24(1): 35-44
Abrams T, Gibson BE. Putting Gino’s Lesson to Work: Actor-Network Theory, Enacted Humanity, and Rehabilitation. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 2017 Jul 21(4): 425-440.
Gibson BE, King G, Teachman G, Mistry B, Hamdani Y. Assembling Activity/Setting Participation with Disabled Young People. Sociology of Health & Illness. 2017 May;39(4):497-512.
Hamdani Y, Mistry B, Gibson BE. Transitioning to Adulthood with a Progressive Condition: Best Practice Assumptions and Individual Experiences of Young Men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015 May;37(13):1144-1151
Phelan S, Wright V, Gibson BE. Representations of Disability and Normality in Rehabilitation Technology Promotional Materials. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014 Nov;36(24):2072-2079
Gibson BE, King G, Kingsnorth S, McKeever P. The ‘placement’ of people with profound impairments across the lifespan: re-thinking age criteria. BMC Medicine. 2014 May 21;12:83. electronic resource. Available from: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-83.
Gibson BE. Parallels and problems of normalization in rehabilitation and universal design: enabling connectivities. Disability and Rehabilitation. Special Issue: Designing Inclusive Environments: Shaping Transitions from Theory into Practice. 2014 Mar;36(16):1328-33.
Gibson BE, Mistry B, Smith B, Yoshida KK, Abbott D, Lindsay S, and Hamdani Y. Becoming men: Gender, disability, and transitioning to adulthood. Health. 2014 Jan;18(1):93-112.
Teachman, G, & Gibson, B E. Children and youth with Disabilities: Innovative Methods for Single Qualitative Interviews. Qualitative Health Research. 2013 Feb;23(2):264 - 274.
Gibson, B E, Carnevale, F A, & King, G. “This is My Way”: Reimagining Disability, Independence, and Interconnectedness of Persons and Assistive Technologies. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2012 Nov;34(22):1894-1899.
Gibson, B E, Teachman, G, Wright, V, Fehlings, D, Young, N L, & McKeever, P. Children’s and Parents’ Beliefs Regarding the Value of Walking: Rehabilitation Implications for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2012;38(1):61-69.
Nicholls, DA, & Gibson, B E. The Body and Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2010;26(8):497-509.
Gibson, B E. Disability, Connectivity and Transgressing the Autonomous Body. Journal of Medical Humanities. 2006;27:187-196.
Click here to see Dr. Gibson’s publications on Google Scholar.
Selected Books and Book Chapters:
BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice: A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. January, 2018. Open Access: https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29.
Gibson, BE. Rehabilitation: A post-critical approach. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2016.
McPherson, K, Gibson BE, Leplege A, editor(s). Rethinking Rehabilitation Theory and Practice. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2015.
Gibson BE, Nicholls DA, Setchell J, Groven KS. Working against the grain: Criticality for an otherwise physiotherapy. In: BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice; A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. Jan 2018. https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29. Principal Author.
Gibson BE. Post-Critical Physiotherapy Ethics: A Commitment to Openness. In: BE Gibson, D Nicholls, J Setchell, KS Groven, editors. Manipulating Practice; A Critical Physiotherapy Reader. Oslo (Norway): Cappelen Damm Academic publishing. Jan 2018. https://press.nordicopenaccess.no/index.php/noasp/catalog/book/29. Principal Author.
Nicholls D, Gibson BE, Fadyl J. Rethinking Movement: postmodern reflections on a dominant rehabilitation discourse. In: McPherson, KM, Gibson BE, Leplege A, editor(s). Rethinking Rehabilitation: Theory and Practice. Boca Raton (United States): CRC Press; 2015. Coauthor.
Click below to read our summaries on completed research:
Rethinking Rehabilitation: Theory and Practice presents cutting-edge thinking on rehabilitation from a range of leading rehabilitation researchers.
The book emphasizes discussion on the place of theory in advancing rehabilitation knowledge, unearthing important questions for policy and practice, underpinning research design, and prompting readers to question clinical assumptions. Each author proposes ways of thinking that are informed by theory, philosophy, and/or history as well as empirical research. Rigorous and provocative, it presents chapters that model ways readers might advance their own thinking, learning, practice, and research. (http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482249200)
Rehabilitation: A Post-Critical Approach by Barbara E. Gibson is a transdisciplinary text re-examining the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation. Through an examination of the key rehabilitation principles including independence, normal development, quality of life and mobility, the chapters explores the limitations of biomedical framings of disability and offers alternative approaches to education, policy, and practice. (https://www.crcpress.com/Rehabilitation-A-Post-critical-Approach/Gibson/p/book/9781482237238)
Doctor’s Notes: Stop portraying childhood disability as tragic or inspirational – article by Dr. Barbara Gibson (November, 2016)
Dr. Barbara Gibson, senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, suggests we stop portraying childhood disability as tragic or inspirational. To read her article in the Toronto Star, click here. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/11/28/doctors-notes-stop-portraying-childhood-disability-as-tragic-or-inspirational.html
Dr. Barbara Gibson elected to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (November, 2016)
Dr. Barbara Gibson, senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, was recently elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
Click here for more information about Dr. Gibson’s award http://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/news-events/dr-barbara-gibson-elected-fellow-royal-society-canada/