Goli Hashemi

Goli Hashemi

Assistant Professor MSc, OTR/L

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor and Master's of Occupational Therapy

OT711 Foundations of Occupational Therapy; OT702 Integrative Seminar in OT practices II; OT636L and OT736L Advanced clinical practice (adult); OT715 Scholarly writing; OT722L Guided research seminar; and OT730 Research Synthesis Project 

About Me

I graduated from Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2000. After working in hospital settings and private practice for 3 years I decided I needed to do some travelling and volunteering oversees. Following my overseas experience I realized that I needed to go back to school to further enhance my understanding of the structural forces guiding healthcare services and decided to pursue a Masters in Public Health to solve the health care challenges of the the world using my occupational therapy lens!  While the Masters degree did not provide me with all that I felt I needed to tackle health services and challenges, it did  increase my appreciation for evidence based practice and appetite for research.
I moved to the United States in 2007. Since then I have worked in a number of additional settings including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient services and home health while establishing a family and conducting research on disability and inclusion in low and middle income countries. I begun teaching at Samuel Merritt University's Occupational Therapy Program in 2010 and finally decided to embark on a PhD program in 2016. I am currently a PhD candidate at at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England, working on developing an intervention to improve access to primary healthcare services for people with disabilities in low and middle income countries. 


I completed a BSc. Occupational therapy from the University of Toronto (2000), in Toronto, Canada, where I worked for the next few years before returning back to School to complete a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2005-2006) in London, England, where I was able to focus my studies on public health studies and thesis on disability and rehabilitation in low and middle income countries, specifically Cameroon. After 10 years of working as an OT and research consultant both clinically and academically, I decided to finally make the jump to earning a PhD. I started my part time PhD studies in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, England in May 2016. My research focuses on access to primary healthcare services for people with disabilities in low and middle income countries. 

Teaching Interests

Occupational therapy models and practice frameworks, hands on clinical reasoning and expertise including problem based learning, Emerging Occupational Therapy roles

Scholarly Interests

Disability and inclusion, Access to healthcare services for people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. 


Peer reviewed publications:
Njelesani J., Hashemi, G., Cameron, C., Cameron, D., Richard, D., & Parnes, P. “From the day they are born: A qualitative study exploring violence against children with disabilities in West Africa”. BMC Public Health, 2018, 18 (1) 153

Hashemi G, Kupper H, Wickenden M. “Sustainable Development Goals, Inclusive Health and the path to Universal Health Coverage”, Journal of Disability and Global South, 2017, 4 (1): 1088-1111

Cockburn L, Hashemi G, Noumi C, Ritchie A, Lukong E. “Realizing the Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities: An Overview of Inclusive Education in Cameroon”, Journal of Education and Practice, 2017, 8 (6): 1-11

Kagan A, Hashemi G, Korner-Bitensky N.  “Diabetes and fitness to drive: A systematic review of the evidence with a focus on older drivers” Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 2010; 34(3):233-242. 

Barbara E. Gibson;  Johanna Darrah;  Deb Cameron;  Goli Hashemi;  Shauna Kingsnorth;  Céline Lepage;  Rose Martini;  Angela Mandich; Dolly Menna-Dack  “Revisiting therapy assumptions in children's rehabilitation: clinical and research implications”, Disability & Rehabilitation”, 2009, 31(17) pg 1446 – 1453

Parnes P, Cameron D, Christie N, Cockburn L, Hashemi G, Yoshida K. “Disability in low-income countries: Issues and implications”, Disability & Rehabilitation, 2009, 31(14) pg 1170 – 1180.

Other publications and reports
“Disability and healthcare in everyday life” Chapter contribution to Disability, normalcy, and the everyday,  (Hardback) – Routledge, 2018.  Editors: Gareth M. Thomas and Dikaios Sakellariou

“Readiness for education of children with disabilities in eight provinces of Viet Nam 2015”, Hashemi, G., Njelesani, D., Njelesani, J., Parnes, P. (2015). UNICEF Vietnam

“Access to education and protection of children with disability in West Africa - A review of the literature”, Hashemi, G. and ICDR (2013), submitted to Plan International West Africa Regional Office

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational  Therapists (CAOT), American Occupational Therapy Association, and the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Associate member of the International Center for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR) at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Community Service

Community inclusion and participation of vulnerable populations including immigrant and refugee groups.