Meet the ISOS Executive Board
A six-member Executive for managing ISOS is elected by the ISOS members for a term of 3 years. The members of the Executive communicate with each other via online meetings and email. Members of ISOS may login onto the website to access documents and information, and to have discussions and meetings. Members may follow all the actions of ISOS, as well as take part in decision making through Google Groups. Membership is open to people and organisations interested in occupational science research and education, and those who support the promotion of occupation for health and community development. If you are interested in becoming a member of ISOS, please visit the section Becoming a Member. You can find information about the current ISOS Executive Board Members below.
ISOS Event Lead
Rebecca (Beccy) Aldrich
ISOS Board Secretary
Beccy Aldrich is an Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She completed her PhD in occupational science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her BS and MA degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. She has previously held board positions within the International Society for Occupational Science (2014-2017) and the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA (2012-2015) and is currently the Occupational Science Associate Editor for OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health. Beccy’s professional interests include enhancing and critiquing the theoretical foundations of occupational science; conducting community-engaged research on “wicked” problems such as unemployment; and internationalising occupational science education. Her work has involved partnerships with colleagues from diverse geographical and disciplinary origins, spanning the northern and southern hemispheres and crossing sociological, criminological, and economic boundaries. Beccy is passionate about developing international and transdisciplinary occupational science partnerships and aims to leverage her experience in this area to help create opportunities for cohesion and innovative partnerships while preserving the diversity that is vital to occupational science.
Cassandre Lavigne is currently a PhD student in philosophy, with a concentration in applied ethics at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, under the co-direction of Marie-Josée Drolet and Naïma Hamrouni. an occupational therapist (licensed in France licence). She obtained her occupational therapy's state diploma (French Licence) and her Master of Science in public health research from the Université de Limoges (France). Her research interests include occupational identity, and the various forms of occupational and structural injustices, more specifically from a humanist, intersectional and feminist perspective.
ISOS Membership Lead
Rodolfo Morrison is the current Director of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at the University of Chile and president of Chilean Society of Occupational Science. He has a degree in Occupational Sciences and an Occupational Therapist from the Austral University of Chile; and Master and Doctor in Logic and Philosophy of Science from the University of Salamanca. In addition, he completed a postgraduate degree in Science, Technology and Society at the Center for Human and Social Sciences of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CCHS-CSIC) of Spain. His areas of work have focused on the analysis of the history and epistemological currents present in Occupational Therapy and Science, in particular, in the incidence of classical pragmatism in the profession. Other areas of interest for him are feminist studies of science, studies on sexual diversity, occupational science and the uses of body techniques and meditation as therapeutic intervention tools.
ISOS Board Chair
Liesl Peters is an occupational therapist and academic with more than 15 years of experience within community development practice in a South African context. Opportunities to contribute to the health and development of communities across the globe through knowledge and practice related to human occupation has become increasingly urgent. In the interests of this important agenda Liesl has been committed to both the research and enactment of a socially-transformative occupational science that can readily engage with the real needs of communities. Her work and teaching within community development practice has focused on ‘doing occupational science’ where occupational science knowledge is co-critiqued, used and co-generated in order to serve local practice needs. Since 2005, she has been co-developing a framework for OT practice–Occupation-based Community Development (ObCD) (Galvaan & Peters, 2017; 2018)–that seeks to engage a decolonial justice-oriented praxis towards a transformed society. The ObCD has also been used by speech-language therapists working in community contexts in Cape Town, illustrating its developing potential to contribute in transdisciplinary ways – an important imperative for occupational science. For Liesl, occupational science could be a potentially powerful discipline, but occupational scientists have not yet positioned themselves well-enough to contribute in ways that might better serve humanity in different global and local spaces. With this, Liesl wishes to contribute to the strategic growth and positioning of occupational science internationally, in order for the discipline to build its potential. To her, innovative leadership in communities such as ISOS can play an important role in this respect. Liesl views that the insights that she has co-generated with communities and colleagues in teaching and practicing for both the Global North and South could offer valuable insights to such a process.
ISOS Chair elect
Michael Sy PhD is an occupational therapist (licensed in the Philippines), occupational scientist, and a health professions educator. Michael is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Occupational Therapy, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland). His research interests largely revolve around occupational science, occupational justice, roles of occupational therapy in emerging fields, and interprofessional education and practice. His scholarship within occupational therapy and occupational science expands to international contexts with his active involvement in grant acquisition, publication, and information dissemination both in formal and alternative channels. Currently, Michael has been a pilot member of the Special Interest Group for Occupational Science (under the Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapists) and has worked in cocreating OS projects locally. Informally, Michael collaborates with occupational therapists and budding occupational scientists within Southeast Asia to reorganise the Asian Community for the Promotion of Occupation (ACPO) which was introduced in Japan in 2017. As part of Michael's commitment to the ISOS, he intends to continue the promotion of occupational science globally by harnessing local and regional occupational science knowledges, facilitating diverse dialogues, and championing knotworking practices to cocreate intentional collaboration between occupational scientists, people and institutions who aim to transform society through the power of occupations. To know more about his work, you may visit his personal website: https://www.drmikesyot.com.
ISOS Communications Lead
Isaac Amanquarnor is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Wellbeing, University of the West of England (UWE). He is a UWE Link Tutor for Hainan Medical University, China. He has experience in community occupational therapy, and occupational therapy teaching and learning. His scholarship is mostly in the integration of spirituality into health and social care and the integration of community development principles in health and social care. Currently he’s a member of the OTAG scientific committee responsible for organising conferences and seeing to research activities of the organisation. Also, He is a subcommittee member of the OTAG- AKROFI grant – a grant office which was established to enhance occupational therapy/science research in Ghana.