Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s
Adult Learning and Education (ALE)
Wendy Hartford is currently a PhD student (2nd year) in the Rehabilitation Science Program, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, at UBC. Her area of research is Health Services within which she qualitatively explores community delivery of care for people with chronic disease. Since 2014 Wendy has worked on several research projects with researchers in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Centre for Health Education Scholarship. To date her research concerns exploring patient and healthcare provider perspectives of access to care for people with chronic conditions. Wendy has also worked on projects concerning education for medical residents. These research projects have resulted in five first authored publications. Wendy’s pathway to her current activities followed from her career in fitness and health. Following completion of grades 11 and 12, as an adult learner, Wendy completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health (Kwantlen University and Faculty of Land and Food Systems (UBC)). This was followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Adult Learning and Education (EDST). Wendy returned to school with the intention of completing the dietetics program at UBC, but decided to follow a path that would allow her to better understand how people learn. Wendy remains committed to contributing to population health at a personal level and by sharing her health and fitness related knowledge with others. At this time here interests are her studies which she balances with long walks in her local community and urban forests.