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Janet McCabe
RN, MEd, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall - Room SHA 432
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 6270

Research topics

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Developmental disability
  • Intellectual disability
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing
  • Social inclusion

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Using qualitative and mixed methods approaches, rooted in critical theory, Dr. McCabe works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan along with their supporters (e.g. family, caregivers, health professionals, and communities). Building on a clinical background in both in-patient and out-patient pediatrics, Dr. McCabe’s research focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the social determinants of health. In doing so, she hopes to positively impact the experiences and lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their supporters, as well as the education and practice of current and future health care providers.  In addition to engaging in research and teaching, Dr. McCabe was also the Associate Dean, Nursing at Ontario Tech from 2017-2023, and she is an active Clinical Director with Special Olympics Ontario – and has had the privilege of acting as the Clinical Director for Health Promotion at the 2016, 2020, and 2024 National Winter Games along with a number of Ontario based events.

  • Education
    • PhD, Nursing, University of Ottawa, 2010
    • MEd, Curriculum Teaching & Learning, OISE University of Toronto, 2006
    • BScN, McMaster University, 2001
  • Courses taught

    Prior Teaching Experience
    Pediatrics, Nursing Foundations, Health Assessment

    Current/Recent Courses @ Ontario Tech University
    NURS 1100 – Introduction to Health and Healing
    NURS 2320 – Health Assessment
    NURS 3700 - Health and Healing: Healthy Communities Nursing Theory and Practicum
    NURS 4100 – Nursing Leadership and Innovation

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit Research Gate.

    Guest, L.M., McCabe, J., O’Halloran, C. Rana, M., Sun, W., Rudoler, D. (2024). Perspectives on Work in the Continuing Care Sector during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Method Design. Journal of Nursing Management, 2024.

    Onororemu, O. E., Alschech, J., McCabe, J., & Sanders, C. (2022). Pediatric practicums in undergraduate nursing programs: an integrative review. International journal of nursing education scholarship19(1), 10.1515/ijnes-2021-0091.

    Yoo, P. Y., Mogo, E. R. I., McCabe, J., Bergthorson, M., Elekanachi, R., Cardoso, R., Movahed, M., Majnemer, A., & Shikako, K. (2022). The Effect of Context-Based Interventions at the Systems-Level on Participation of Children with Disabilities: A Systematic Review. Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics, 42(5), 542–565.

    McCabe, J., & Holmes, D. (2014). Nursing, sexual health, and youth with disabilities: A critical ethnography. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(1), 77-86. doi: 10.1111/jan.12167.

  • Research collaborators
    • Anna Don, Algonquin College
    • Carly McMorris, University of Alberta
    • Keiko Shikako, McGill University
    • Child-Bright Network
    • Special Olympics Ontario & Special Olympics Canada