Tanya Packer

Tanya Packer, 


Title: Professor of Occupational Therapy  

Institution: Dalhousie University 

Country: Canada 

Primary Research Interests

Primary activities relating to ACT Assess & Connect 

Dr. Packer is a primary research investigator in the ACTing Collectively project in Nova Scotia. The aim of this project is to assess older adults’ unmet needs in communities using the ACT Assess & Connect tool. 


Dr. Tanya Packer holds the dual positions of Professor, School of Occupational Therapy and Director, School of Health Administration (SHA). She is a highly accomplished senior scholar and academic leader in clinical and health services research, and a tenured full professor. In addition to her leadership at SHA, she is the Assistant Dean (Partnerships) within the Faculty of Health.  

Dr. Packer brings to her role a background as a health practitioner, and extensive international scholarship and research networks. She completed her undergraduate professional qualification as an occupational therapist at Western University, London Ontario, followed by a masters and PhD in the Department of Anatomy at Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario. Her academic career spans three continents (North America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand) and four prestigious universities (Queen’s University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Curtin University and Dalhousie University). 

Dr. Packer co-leads the International Chronic and Complex Condition Research Group (IC3RG), with a focus on improving the everyday lives of people with chronic and complex conditions. This includes patient engagement in care, interventions to improve quality of life, and health services research to improve care. She is an internationally recognized scholar with a Scopus h-index of 21. With almost 40 peer reviewed journal articles in the last five years alone, she is investigator (PI, Co-PI and Co-I) on grants/contracts totalling more than $8 M in the last eight years (lifetime > $16M). She has supervised over 40 research trainees and is currently supervising PhD students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Iran and the Netherlands.  

She currently holds research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (co-PI), the Patient Centred Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in the US (co-I and Dalhousie site-PI) and the Princes Beatrix Spierfunds in the Netherlands (co-I). She is a visiting professor at Radboud medical university in the Netherlands and Visiting Professor at Umea University in Sweden. 

You can find information about the ACTing Collectively project by clicking the links below.

Learn about the ACTing Collectively project on the Dalhousie University website here.

Learn about the ACTing Collectively project on the Victoria County website here.