Zachary Boychuck
Zachary BoychuckPost-Doctoral Scholar

Zachary Boychuck, OT, PhD, MScA, BA

Dr. Boychuck is an occupational therapist (OT) with over a decade of clinical experience working with two very different clienteles. Initially he worked in pediatric physical rehabilitation, primarily with children and young adults with complex motor and communication impairments, most of who required the use of assistive technology for mobility and/or augmentative and alternative and communication (AAC) for communication. Dr. Boychuck then moved into the field of adult psychosocial rehabilitation, working in the Department of Psychiatry at the McGill University Health Centre, where he was fortunate to work with a diverse clientele across clinics (primarily people living with schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders). Dr. Boychuck has also been teaching across the psychosocial and pediatric neurodevelopmental courses of McGill University’s Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy program and Professional Master’s in Occupational Therapy program since 2011.

More About Dr. Boychuck

Dr. Boychuck’s postdoctoral research is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of telerehabilitation, and has two main streams:

Study: “A paradigm shift toward telerehabilitation: Adapting rehabilitation services across an integrated health and social services university network in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis”

  • The aim of this integrated knowledge translation study is to create evidence-based resources (educational knowledge translation tools) to train and support rehabilitation professionals (eg, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists) in the delivery of care as they adapt their practices to be delivered using telehealth across 30 complementary pediatric and adult healthcare facilities.

Study: “Physical & Occupational Therapy Students’ and Clinical Preceptors’ Experiences with Using Telehealth”

  • The aims of this mixed-methods incidence cohort study are threefold: (i) To evaluate readiness to use telerehabilitation in the delivery of rehabilitation services among student clinicians and their clinical preceptors; (ii) To explore students’ experiences around using telerehabilitation during their a clinical practicum; and (iii) To explore clinical preceptors’ experiences around using telerehabilitation during a clinical practicum.

Dr. Boychuck’s doctoral research focused on improving early-identification of children with cerebral palsy (CP). He used mixed-methods and an integrated knowledge translation (KT) approach to create educational KT for primary-care practitioners (eg, family physicians, pediatricians) and parents to increase awareness of the early-motor signs of CP that should prompt referral for diagnostic assessment, and simultaneous referral for rehabilitation services for children suspected of having CP.

Projects Dr. Boychuck is Involved In

Did you know ?

Zach makes an award-winning potato salad.

Zach and his friends enjoy Halloween so much that they started having Summerween so they could celebrate it twice a year.

Zach typically would rather be in the woods, or by the sea, than in the city.

Featured Publication

International expert recommendations of clinical features to prompt referral for diagnostic assessment of cerebral palsy.

Zachary has published in both peer-reviewed and popular outlets

Research Profiles

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2020: Postdoctoral Fellowship on Telehealth in Rehabilitation Services in the Wake of the COVID-19 Crisis; Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal & Réseau de Recherché en Santé des Populations du Québec.

  • 2020: Gevorg Chilingaryan Award of Excellence; McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

  • 2018: Family Engagement in Research Trainee Scholarship; Kids Brain Health Network.

  • 2018: EQUATOR Canada Publication School Trainee Scholarship; EQUATOR CANADA Publication School & Ontario SPOR Support Unit.

  • 2017: Judith Kornbluth Gelfand Fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation; McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

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