Dr. Dorcas Beaton is an occupational therapist with graduate training in clinical epidemiology. Prior to her career in research she practiced OT with clients with musculoskeletal disorders, in particular those having undergone upper extremity reconstructive procedures. She now is a research scientist and director of Musculoskeletal Health and Outcomes Research in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Toronto. Dorcas is an Associate Professor in her primary department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and holds full School of Graduate Studies appointments in both the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (Clinical Epidemiology) and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Her research skills span measurement sciences (development of instruments, methods to improve selection of instruments, testing of instruments), cohort studies in musculoskeletal populations (fracture patients, arthritis, injured workers), and efforts to better understand and improve guideline implementation in fragility fracture patients. Dr. Beaton is the lead scientist supporting the well-used Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Outcome Measure, she currently is on the executive of an international consensus based group on outcome measurement in rheumatology (OMERACT) and is involved in various international collaborations to improve outcome measurement in clinical care and clinical research.
In 2013 she received the Helen Saarinen Lectureship Award from the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In 2012 she was selected reviewer of the year by the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and also received the Research Innovation award from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. in 2011, 2012, 2015.