Academy of Research

Erika G. Gisel, PhD, OTR, erg 


Dr. Gisel is Professor Emerita, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada.  "Dr. Gisel's research interests are directed toward the assessment and treatment of individuals with neurologically based eating impairments. Studies examining early markers of oral sensory problems in infants with feeding disabilities, as well as the influence of repetitive behaviors on motor development in children with autism spectrum disorders are currently in progress."  (Retrieved on April 28, 2015 from






Q and A

Identify three words that others have used to describe you. 

Creative, persistent, dedicated.


How do you hope to make a difference in the world through research? 

It allows me to give more evidence-based answers to questions of parents of my patients.


What is one piece of advice you have for individuals considering a career in science and research? 

If you are uncertain about the treatment approaches we use, it is time to seek these answers through research.


Beside your own areas of inquiry, what is one research priority that you believe is important for the future of occupational science and occupational therapy? 

Multidisciplinary approaches to complex questions.


Describe the most important role that mentors played in your professional journey. 

They allowed me to make my own mistakes and to learn from them, but at the same time pointed to future directions of my work.


Identify a favorite occupation that renews you outside of your work. 

Classical music.


What has been the most surprising or rewarding aspects of a career in science and research? 

The work with students.




Francis-Bacz, C, Wood-Dauphinee, S & Gisel, E. (2013). The discriminative validity of the McGill Ingestive Skills Assessment. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 31, 148-158.  


Fucile, S, McFarland, DH, Gisel, EG & Lau C.  (2012). Oral and nonoral sensorimotorinterventions facilitate suck-swallow-respiration functions and their coordination in preterm infants. Early Human Development, 88, 345-350. 


Fucile, S, Gisel, EG, McFarland, DH, & Lau C.  (2011). Oral and non-oral sensorimotorinterventions enhance oral feeding performance in preterm infants. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53, 829-835.   


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