Biological Foundations of Occupation
The purpose of the Biological Foundations of Occupation research cluster is to advance knowledge regarding the biological processes that shape human engagement in occupation and its relationship to health. We are interested in how biology influences the structure, function, and experience of occupational engagement across the lifespan. Furthermore, we are concerned with how knowledge of biological factors may be applied to improve the effectiveness of clinical intervention and the measurement of clinical outcomes. Our interest in linking biological mechanisms to occupational engagement necessitates interdisciplinary research approaches, as well as collaboration with intra-disciplinary researchers who study other aspects of occupation and occupation-oriented interventions. Furthermore, because biology constitutes a very broad and diverse epistemological domain, our focus for the next five years will be on neurobiological and clinical issues specific to sensory processing and praxis.