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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Janet McCabe
RN, MEd, PhD

Associate Dean, Nursing

Faculty of Health Sciences

Working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote health and well-being with a focus on physical activity and healthy living.

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 6270

Research topics

  • Intellectual disability
  • Developmental disability
  • Physical activity
  • health promotion
  • community-engaged research
  • health disparities
  • rural and remote
  • nursing
  • social inclusion

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. McCabe comes to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, where from 2009 to 2017 she was a faculty member with the northern campus in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and supported the remote nursing programs in the north of Saskatchewan.

    Building on a clinical background in both in-patient and out-patient pediatrics, Dr. McCabe’s interest in individuals with disabilities has been shaped by her own experiences of living in both rural and urban environments. She has explored the health of athletes with intellectual disabilities, developed educational opportunities for nursing students focused on health promotion and intellectual disability, and worked with community groups to promote community integration for youth with exceptionalities in rural communities. She has also served as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, and led the Health Promotion team for the 2016 Special Olympics National games.

  • Publications

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

    McCabe, J., Butler, L., Berry, L., Exner-Pirot, H., Bullin, C., Bilinski, H., ... Wright, A. (2015). Building the Scholarship of Technology in Health: Extending the Use of Remote Presence Telementoring to Nursing Education. Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, 11(4), 15-28.

    Gagnon, M., Jacob, J. D., & McCabe, J. (2015). Locating the qualitative interview: reflecting on space and place in nursing research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20(3), 203-215. doi: 10.1177/1744987114536571.

    Jacob, J. D., Gagnon, M., & McCabe, J. (2014). From distress to illness: A critical analysis of medicalization and its effects in clinical practice. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21(3), 257-263. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12078.

    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.

    McCabe, J., & Holmes, D. (2011). Reversing Kristeva’s first instance of abjection: The formation of self reconsidered. Nursing Inquiry, 18(1), 77-83.

  • Research collaborators
    • Special Olympics Ontario
    • Special Olympics Saskatchewan
  • Education
    Dr. McCabe completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McMaster University, a Master of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto), and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Ottawa. Her graduate work, focused on the nursing experience of providing sexual health care to youth with disabilities, was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.