Dr. Jill Zwicker
Dr. Jill Zwicker is a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Brain Development and Rehabilitation, an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and an Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training in psychology and clinical training in OT at Queens University, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (Learning & Development) at the University of Victoria, a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia, and Post-Doctoral training in Pediatrics (Developmental Neuroscience) at the University of British Columbia. Jill uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to better understand how the brain differs in children with and without developmental coordination disorder (DCD), whether brain structure and function can change with rehabilitation intervention, and how the response to intervention may differ in children with co-occurring conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She is also interested in the relationship of prematurity and DCD and is examining early brain development and motor outcomes of premature newborns.
Jill is interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary research on interventions, supports, and services that improve the health and participation of individuals with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and their families. She is also committed to improving occupational therapists’ use of evidence-based approaches with individuals with DCD.
Areas of Focus
Brain development and motor impairment throughout childhood