Barbara Secker

PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (Simon Fraser)
BA (University of Toronto)

Professional Interests

Bioethics; bioethics program development, evaluation, quality improvement and innovation; professionalization of healthcare ethics practice (including certification and accreditation); disability, rehabilitation and community care ethics; patient/client autonomy and decision-making capacity in health and research contexts.

Grants (past 5 years)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Co-Principal Applicant (with Jennifer Gibson).
Topic: Ethics Program Evaluation in Canada: Synthesizing Research Evidence and Expert Practice to Improve Ethics Quality in Healthcare (December 3-4, 2013) to hold a national workshop on training of practicing healthcare ethicists and evaluation of institutional ethics programs.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),  Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Co-Principal Applicant (with Jennifer Gibson, Larry Librach).
Topic: National Collaboration on Bioethics Research and Training in Canada: A National Planning Meeting (May 28, 2013) to explore the potential for national collaboration among Canadian academic bioethics programs and centres to strengthen bioethics research and research training capacity in Canada.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),  Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Collaborator.  Frolic, A (PI).
Topic: Practicing Healthcare Ethicists Exploring Professionalization (PHEEP) national symposium (May-June 2011) to develop consensus around a conceptual framework and deliberative engagement process for developing practice standards for Canadian practicing healthcare ethicists.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Co- Investigator.  Gibson, J (PI), Faith, K, Frolic, A,  Secker, B, Upshur, R and Winsor, S. (Co-Investigators).
Topic: Evaluating the effectiveness of hospital-based ethics programs: a pilot study to identify key benchmarks, indicators, and success factors, 2009-11

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Co-Principal Investigator (Named). Secker, B. and Gibson, B. (Co-PIs) and Parke, B. and Wagner, F. (Co-Investigators).
Topic: There’s No Place Like Home: What Constitutes an ‘Adequate’ Home Environment for Younger Adults with Physical Disabilities? 2008-10

Canadian Patient Safety Institute ($66,640) with matching funds from Toronto Rehab ($66,640), Co-Applicant #1. Tardif, G. and Baker, R. (Co-Leads), Secker, B., Velji, K., Fancott, C., Aimone, E., Bolt, L.
Topic: Partnering with Patients and Families to Address Potential Conflicts between Patient Safety and Patient Autonomy in Rehabilitation and Complex Continuing Care 2007-09

Other Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, Graduate Faculty (cross-appointment), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member Graduate Faculty (cross-appointment), Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Faculty Associate, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

Publications

PubMed

Additional Recent Publications

Manuscripts

2011- Barbara E Gibson, Barbara Secker, Debbie Rolfe, Frank Wagner, Bob Parke, Bhavnita Mistry.  Disability and Dignity-Enabling Home Environments: Key Messages from an Ontario Study (white paper), University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.
2005- Barbara Secker, Frank Wagner, Maya Goldenberg, Barbara Gibson, Bob Parke, Jonathan Breslin, Alison Thompson, Jonathan Lear and Peter A. Singer. 2005. Ethics of LHINs: Implications for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (white paper), University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.