Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Associate Professor

University of Western Ontario

email: akinsell@uwo.ca

Statement of Research Interests  

The overarching aim of my scholarship is to consider practical and philosophical questions concerning the relationship between reflection and practice (reflective practice) in health and social care contexts - or to examine what some refer to as 'epistemologies of practice'. Through the application of reflective/reflexive theories and methodologies I study the occupational worlds of: professional practitioners; students in health and social care professions; and people living with disability or illness.

My research articulates a continuum of reflection that includes: pragmatic reflection, embodied reflection, critical reflection, critical reflexivity, and receptive forms such as contemplation and mindfulness. A number of my projects explore the arts and humanities as a means of fostering reflection.

Reflective processes as they relate to practice wisdom (phronesis), ethical practices, and work for social justice are major areas of interest. My work draws on various theoretical perspectives to make visible the reflective insights of persons underrepresented in practices of knowledge generation, to examine the epistemological significance of such perspectives, and to consider the implications for epistemic justice.

For the last decade, I have taught an advanced graduate course on philosophical foundations of qualitative research. I am interested in theoretically informed and robust research design in interpretive and critical traditions.

Key Words

Professional Practice & Education; Epistemologies of Practice; Reflective Practice; Reflexivity; Ethical Practice; Practical Wisdom/ Phronesis; Embodied Knowledge; Mindfulness; Epistemic Justice; Occupational Justice; Critical Disability Studies; Relational Autonomy; Ethics of Care; Occupational Science; Knowledge Paradigms; Interpretive & Critical Research; Arts-Based Approaches; Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research

Selected Publications

  • Butlin, H., Kinsella, E. A., Garcia, C. & Bauman, G. (2017). Searching for wisdom in oncology care: A scoping review. Palliative and Supportive Care. 15(3), 384-400.

  • Galheigo, S., Braga, C., Mieto, F., Parreira, F., Sarmento, G., Motta, M., Silva, M., Santos, M., Spinola, P., Lima, R., Mitre, R., Lagoa, T., Oliveira, T., Santos, W., Magalhaes, L., & Kinsella, E. (2017). Exchanging knowledge within a Community of Practice: Toward an epistemology of practice in occupational therapy paediatric hospital care. Journal of Brazilian Occupational Therapy, Cad. Bras. Ter. Ocup., São Carlos, 25 (3), 449-459. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Durocher, E. (2016).  Occupational justice: Moral imagination, critical reflection and political praxis. OTJR: Occupation, Participation & Health, 36(4), 163-166.

  • Durocher, E., Kinsella, E. A., McCorquodale, L. & Phelan, S. (2016).  Ethical tensions related to systemic constraints: Occupational alienation in practice.  OTJR: Occupation, Participation & Health, 36(4), 216-226.

  • LeBlanc, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2016). Toward epistemic justice: A critically reflexive examination of ‘sanism’ and implications for knowledge generation. Studies in Social Justice, 10(1), 59-78.

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Bidinosti, S. (2016). ‘I now have a visual image in my mind and it is something I will never forget’:  An analysis of an arts-informed approach to health professions ethics education. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 21(2), 303-322.
  • Hay, M., Connelly, D., & Kinsella, E. A. (2016). Embodiment and aging in contemporary physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 32(4), 241-250.
  • Caty, M.E., Kinsella, E. A. & Doyle, P. (2016). Reflective processes of practitioners in head and neck cancer rehabilitation: A grounded theory study. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(6), 580-591.
  • Caty, M.E., Kinsella, E. A. & Doyle, P. (2016). Reflective practice in Speech-Language Pathology: Relevance for practice and education. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 40(1), p. 81-91.
  • Kinsella, E. A., Phelan, S. & Bidinosti, S. (2016). An arts-based approach to ethics education in the health professions. In A. Peterkin & P. Brett-MacLean (Eds.), Keeping reflection fresh: A practical guide for clinical educators (pp. 201-204).  Kent State University Press.
  • Winters, S., Magalhaes, L., Kinsella, E.A. & Kothari, A.  (2016). Cross-sector service provision in health and social care: An umbrella review. International Journal of Integrated Care, 16(1): 11, pp. 1–19, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2460.
  • Kinsella, E. A., Phelan, S., Park Lala, A. & Mom, V. (2015) An investigation of students’ perceptions of ethical practice: Engaging a reflective dialogue about ethics education in the health professions. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20(3), 781-801. doi: 10.1007/s10459-014-9566-9.
  • Ng, S., Kinsella, E. A., Friesen, F. & Hodges, B. (2015). Reclaiming a theoretical orientation to reflection in medical education research: a critical narrative review.      Medical Education, 49(5), 461-475. 
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2015). Embodied Knowledge: Toward a corporeal turn in professional practice, research and education. In B. Green & N. Hopwood.  The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education (pp. 245-260). Dorbrecht: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-00140-1_15. 
  • Kinsella, E. A., Bossers, A., Jenkins, K., Hobson, S., MacPhail, A., Schurr, S., Moosa, T.  & Ferguson, K. (2015). Interprofessional Preceptor and Preceptee Educational Programming: An Interdisciplinary Needs Assessment. Focus on Health Professional Education, 16(2), 70-87.
  • Bushby, K., Chan, J., Druif, S., Ho, K. & Kinsella, E. A. (2015). Ethical Tensions in Occupational Therapy Practice:  A Scoping Review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(4) 212–221. 

  • Durocher, E., Kinsella, E. A., Ells, C. & Hunt, M.  (2015). Contradictions in client-centered discharge planning: Through the lens of relational autonomy. The Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(4), 293-301. doi: 10.3109/11038128.2015.1017531.

  • McCorquodale, L. & Kinsella, E. A. (2015). Critical reflexivity in client-centred therapeutic relationships. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(4), 311-317. doi: 10.3109/11038128.2015.1018319.
  • Winter, S., Magalhaes, L., & Kinsella, E. A. (2015). Interprofessional collaboration in Mental Health crisis response systems: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation 37(23), 2212-2224. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.1002576.

  • Caty, M. E., Kinsella, E. A. & Doyle, P. (2015). Reflective practice in Speech-Language Pathology: A scoping review. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.  17(4), 411-420 : 10.3109/17549507.2014.979870.

  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2014). Childhood, identity, and occupation: Perspectives of children with disabilities and their parents. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(3), 334-356.

  • Bossers, A., Phelan, S., Kinsella, E. A., Jenkins, K., Ferguson, K., Moosa, T., Schurr, S. & Hobson, S. (2014). Participants’ self-identified learning outcomes in an online preceptor education program for health professionals and students. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 13(3), 79-97. doi: 10.1921/9302130101.

  • Hibbert, K., Lingard, L., Vanstone, M., Kinsella, E.A., McKenzie, P.,  Pitman, A. & Wilson, T. (2014). The quest for effective interdisciplinary graduate supervision: A critical narrative analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44(2), 85-104.

  • Vanstone, M., Hibbert, K., Kinsella, EA., McKenzie, P., Pitman, A. & Lingard, L. (2013). Interdisciplinary doctoral research supervision: A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 43(2): 42-67.

  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2013).  Picture this...Safety, Dignity and Voice - Ethical research with children: Practical considerations for the reflexive researcher. Qualitative Inquiry, 19(2), 81-90.

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Pitman, A. (Eds.) (2012). Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2012). Practitioner reflection and judgement as phronesis: A continuum     of reflection and considerations for phronetic judgement. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.). Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 35-52). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.
  • Kinsella, E.A. & Pitman, A. (2012).  Engaging phronesis in professional education and practice. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.)  Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 1-11). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Pitman, A. (2012). Phronesis as professional knowledge: Implications for professional education and practice. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.) Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 163-172). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A., Caty, M.E., Ng, S., & Jenkins, K. (2012). Reflective practice for allied health: Theory and practice. In L. English (Ed.), Adult Education and Health, (pp.210-228).  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

  • Vanstone, M., Kinsella, E.A, & Nisker, J. (2012). Information sharing to promote informed choice in prenatal screening in the spirit of the SOGC clinical practice guideline: A proposal for an alternative model.  Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada. 34(3), 269-275.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E.A.  (2011). Embodiment in research practices: The body in qualitative research. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.). Creative spaces for qualitative researching...Living research (pp.77-86). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.
  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011). Photo-elicitation interview methods and research with children:. Possibilities, pitfalls and ethical considerations.  In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.). Creative spaces for qualitative researching...Living research (pp.125-134). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011).  A phenomenological inquiry into the embodied nature of occupation at end-of-life.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(4), 246-254.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011).  Phenomenology and the study of human occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 18 (3), 195-209.
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2010). The art of reflective practice in health and social care: Reflections on the legacy of Donald Schön. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 565-575.

  • Kinsella, E. A & Vanstone, M. (2010).  An international conference on engaging reflection in health professional education and practice: Emerging conversations on the arts in health and social care. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 409-415.

  • Vanstone, M. & Kinsella, E. A. (2010). Critical reflection and prenatal screening public education materials: A metaphoric textual analysis. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 451-457.

  • Perruzza, N. & Kinsella, E. A. (2010). Creative arts occupations in therapeutic practice: A review of the literature.  British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(6), 261-268.
  • Barker, A., Kinsella, E. A. & Bossers, A. (2010). Learning in international practice placement education: A grounded theory study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(1), 29-37.
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Professional knowledge and the epistemology of reflective practice. Nursing Philosophy, 11(1), 3-14.
  • Kinsella, E. A. & Whiteford, G. (2009). Knowledge generation and utilization: Toward epistemic reflexivity. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56(4), 249-258.
  • Caty, M.E., Kinsella, E. A. & Doyle, P. (2009). Linking the art of practice in head and neck cancer rehabilitation with the scientist’s art of research: A case study on reflective practice. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 33(4), 183-188.
  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Occupational identity: Engaging socio-cultural perspectives. Journal of Occupational Science, 16(2), 85-91.
  • Trenc Smith, K. & Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Paediatric occupational therapists' reflections on meaning in professional practice: A phenomenological study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(4), 299-308. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Constructivist underpinnings in Donald Schön’s theory  of reflective practice: Echoes of Nelson Goodman. In J. Willis (Ed.). Constructivist instructional design: Foundations, models and examples (pp. 265-276). Information Age Publishing.  

  • Kinsella, E. A., Park, A., Appiagyei, J., Chang, E. & Chow, D.  (2008). Through the eyes of students: Ethical tensions in Occupational Therapy practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(3), 176-183.

  • Kinsella, E. A, Bossers, A., & Ferreira, D. (2008). Enablers and challenges to international practice education: A case study. Learning in Health and Social Care Journal, 7(2), 79-92. 

  • Lencucha, R., Kinsella, E. A., Sumsion, T. (2008). The formation and maintenance of social relationships among individuals living with Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 11, 330-355.

  • Kinsella, E. A., Phelan, S., DiMuzio, T. & Kwong, J. (2008). Moral Imagination: Three portraits. In J. Nisker (Ed.) From the other side of the fence: Stories from health care professionals (pp. 83-96).  Halifax, NS:  Pottersfield Press. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2007).  Embodied reflection and the epistemology of reflective practice.     The Journal of Philosophy of Education, 41(3), 395-409.

  • Kinsella, E. A.  (2007). Technical rationality in Schön’s reflective practice: Dichotomous       or non-dualistic epistemological position.  Nursing Philosophy, 8, 102-113. 

  • Kinsella, E. A.  (2007).  Educating socially responsive practitioners: What can the literary   arts offer health professional education?  In D. Clover &  J. Stalker (Eds.).  The arts and  social justice: Re-crafting adult education and community cultural leadership (pp. 39-58).  Leicester, UK: NIACE.
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006). Constructivist underpinnings in Schön’s theory of reflective practice, Reflective Practice, 7(3), 277-286. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Constructions of self: Ethical overtones in surprising locations. In F. Rapport & P. Wainwright (Eds.), The self in health and illness: Patients, professionals and narrative  identity. Abingdon, UK: Radcliffe.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Poetic resistance: Juxtaposing personal and professional discursive constructions in a practice setting.  Journal of the Canadian Association  of Curriculum Studies, 4(1), 35-49.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Hermeneutics and critical hermeneutics: Exploring possibilities within the art of interpretation. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(3), Art. 19 [49 paragraphs].  

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2005). Constructions of self: Ethical overtones in surprising locations. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities, 31, 67-71.  

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2001). Reflections on reflective practice. The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(3), 195-198. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2000). Professional development and reflective practice: Strategies for learning  through professional experience. Ottawa, ON: CAOT Publications ACE.

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RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS

Director, Epistemologies of Practice Research Lab,  Western University


Centre Researcher,
Centre for Curriculum as a Social Practice,
Faculty of Education,
Western University

Centre Researcher,           CERI, Centre for Education Research and Innovation, Western University

Field Leader, Health Professional Education Field, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, University of Western Ontario

Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies & Feminist Research


DOCTORAL STUDENTS

ERIKA KATZMAN

HELEN BUTLIN

STEPHANIE LEBLANC

HELEN HARRISON

KIRSTEN SMITH



PAST DOCTORAL STUDENTS

SHANON PHELAN,
Assistant Professor,
University of Alberta


MEREDITH VANSTONE
Assistant Professor,
McMaster University


MARIE-EVE CATY
Assistant Professor,
Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres


ANNA PARK LALA
Independent Researcher


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

EVELYNE DUROCHER
Post-doctoral Fellow,
University of Toronto