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Dr. Michael Sy

Dr. Michael Sy

Dr. Michael Sy

ZHAW Gesundheit
Institut für Ergotherapie
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 42 56

Arbeit an der ZHAW

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW

Senior Researcher / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


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Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

I am an occupational therapist (Philippines), an occupational scientist, and a health professions educator. My research expertise range from occupational therapy in mental and community health, occupational justice, health social sciences, and to interprofessional education and practice. I am devoted to ensure that occupational therapy scholarship impacts communities internationally. I am also currently working on my first book entitled "Occupational therapy in the Philippines: Theory, practice, and stories" to be published by Routledge in early 2024.

Beruflicher Werdegang

Associate professor, full-time (January 2020-January 2023)
National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, University of the Philippines Manila

Faculty member, part-time (2013-2019)
Department of Occupational Therapy, Angeles University Foundation

Lecturer, part-time (2012-2014)
Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Philippines Manila

Occupational Therapy Consultant, part-time (2009-2014)
Multiple Intelligence International School

Occupational Therapy Consultant, part-time (2009-2012)
Skill Builders Therapy Center

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Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy (2016-2019)
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Graduate School of Human Health Sciences

Master of Health Professions Education (2011-2016)
University of the Philippines Manila
National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (2005-2009)
University of the Philippines Manila
Department of Occupational Therapy

Formal trainings through post-graduate courses:

Occupational science - Fall 2017, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

Drug policies and addiction science - Summer 2018, ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal)

Interprofessional education and practice - Summer 2019, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linköping University (Sweden); Summer 2013, Gunma University, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Interprofessional Education and Research (Japan)

Simulation-based education - Autumn 2022, Adealide Health Simulation, University of Adelaide (Australia)

Mitglied in Netzwerken



Beiträge in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift, peer-reviewed
Weitere Publikationen
Mündliche Konferenzbeiträge und Abstracts

Publikationen vor Tätigkeit an der ZHAW

Sy, M. P., Carrasco, R., Peralta-Catipon, T., Yao, D. P., Dee, Veronica, & Ching, P. E. (2023). Shedding light on hidden Filipino occupations portrayed by mass media: A critical interpretive synthesis. Journal of Occupational Science [advanced online publication]. doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2023.2182348

Sana, E. A., Atienza, M. A., Samaniego, A., Sy, M. P., Faraon, E. J. A., Dicolen, E., Pastor, C. D., Yanilla, N. F., & Velasco, G. N. V. (accepted/in press). Continuing Education Of Personnel In Health Policy And Systems Research Through Online Learning. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health (SEAMEO Regional Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network).

Coleman, T., Bennet-Weston, A., Sy, M. P., Greaves, J., & Anderson, E. S. (accepted/in press). Service User and Carer Involvement in on-line Interprofessional learning during COVID-19. British Journal of Midwifery, 31(2), 104-111. doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2023.31.2.104

Anzai, T., Sy, M. P., & Bontje, P. (2022). Potential Roles of Occupational Therapists in Creating Age-friendly Urban Environments: A Q-Methodology. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy [advanced online publication]. doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2023.2170913

Kaunnil, A., Sansri, V., Thongchoomsin, S., Permpoonputtana, K., Juntorn, S., Jarvis, K., Reyes Smith, C., Sy, M. P., Griffiths, J., Nopparat, C., & Thichanpiang, P. (2023). Delivering Occupation-Based Practice in Stroke Rehabilitation of Hospital Settings: Thai Occupational Therapists’ Experiences. The Qualitative Report, 28(1), 252-268. doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5591

Sy, M. P., Panotes, A., Martin, P., Pineda, R. C., & Cho, D. (2022). A rapid review of the factors that influence service user involvement in interprofessional education, practice and research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI), 2022; 19(24):16826. www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/24/16826

Sy, M. P. (2022). Intersecting everyday life and occupations with gender and sexuality: An ongoing discourse [Guest Editorial]. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, 26(4). pjhrd.upm.edu.ph/index.php/main/issue/view/40

Yao, D. P. G., Sy, M. P., Martinez, P. G. V., & Laboy, E. C. (2022). Is occupational therapy an ableist health profession? A critical reflection on ableism and occupational therapy. Cadernos Brasileiros de Terapia Ocupacional, 30, e3303. doi.org/10.1590/2526-8910.ctoRE252733032

Ford, M., Martin, P., & Sy, M. (2022). Twelve tips to support healthcare teams to incorporate interprofessional education and collaborative practice into day-to-day workplace practices. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 19(3). Advanced online publication. doi.org/10.1921/jpts.v19i3.1835

Baltasar, J. F. & Sy, M. P. (2022). Reflections of University Students’ Experience Under the Online Learning Approach: A Phenomenological Study. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, 26(2), 27-39. pjhrd.upm.edu.ph/index.php/main/article/view/627

Sy, M. P., Jong, D. C. de ., Twinley, R., Lim, K. H., Lim, K. H., & Borba, P. L. de O. (2022). (Des)Connections between occupational justice and social justice: an interview with Gail Whiteford and Lilian Magalhães. Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 30(spe), e30202202. Retrieved from www.cadernosdeterapiaocupacional.ufscar.br/index.php/cadernos/article/view/3353

Kaunnil, A., Kaunnil, K., Permpoonputtana, K., Sirisatayawong, P., Srikhamjak, T., Chupradit, S., Sy, M. P., Juntorn, S., Griffiths, J., & Thichanpiang, P. (2022). Craft activities as a meaningful occupation among persons with schizophrenia in Thailand. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. doi.org/10.1080/0164212X.2022.2047135

Power, A., Park, V., Owens, M., & Sy, M. P. (2022). Academics’ reflections on experiences of online interprofessional education in response to COVID-19: focussing on the ‘Then What?’ British Journal of Midwifery, 30(4), 222-228. doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2022.30.4.222

Bulan, P. M., Pestaño, N., & Sy, M. (2022). Exploring indigenous occupation: reflections from a fieldwork experience in an Ati Community in Southern Cebu. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 19(3). Retrieved from journals.whitingbirch.net/index.php/JPTS/article/view/1738

Asaba, E., Sy, M. P., Pineda, R. C. S., Aldrich, R., Anzai, T., Bontje, P., Bratun, U., Farias, L., Kapanadze, M., Šuc, L., & Åkesson, E. (2022). Return to work after COVID-19: An international perspective. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin [advanced publication online]. doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2022.2045819

Causapin, A. K., Sy, M. P., & Grageda, M. E. M. G. (2022). Attitudes of Filipino health profession students towards interprofessional education: A descriptive study. Journal of Interprofessional Care [advanced publication online]. doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2022.2037532

Sy, M. P., Park, V., Nagraj, S., Power, A., & Herath, C. (2022). Student experiences of emergency remote teaching for interprofessional education during COVID-19. British Journal of Midwifery, 30(1), 47-55. doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2022.30.1.47

Martin, P., & Sy, M. P. (2021). Twelve tips to facilitate Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice with students on placements in healthcare settings. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 18(3). journals.whitingbirch.net/index.php/JPTS/article/view/1740

Martinez, P. G. V., Pineda, R. C. S., Sy, M. P., et al. (2021). Experiences and reflections of clinical supervisors on online occupational therapy clinical training during the COVID-19 pandemic. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, 25(4), 34-44. pjhrd.upm.edu.ph/index.php/main/article/view/518/257

*Sy, M. P., Roraldo, M. P. N. R., Delos Reyes, R. C. R., Guevara, C. A. (2021). Concretizing occupational justice principles in Philippine community-based drug rehabilitation practice settings. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development. pjhrd.upm.edu.ph/index.php/main/article/view/518

Sy, M. P., Yao, D. G. P., Panotes, A. A., Kaw, J. X., & Mendoza, T. C. (2021). Contemporary history: progress and resilience of Occupational Therapy in the Philippines (2004-2020). World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2021.1995226

Power, A., Sy, M. P., Hutchings, M., Coleman, T., El-Awaisi, A., Kitema, G. F., Gallagher, J., Herath, C., McLarnon, N., Nagraj, S., Nazar, H., O'Carroll, V., Owens, M., Park, V., Pope, E., Wetzlmair, L., & Anderson, L. (2021). Learning in lockdown: exploring the experiences of the impact of COVID-19 on Interprofessional Education from academics', students', and service users' perspectives. British Journal of Midwifery. doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.11.648

*Sy, M. P., Roraldo, M. P. N. R., Delos Reyes, R. C. R., Yao, D. P. G., & Pineda, R. C. S. (2021). Occupational justice health questionnaire: reflectons on its application. Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy/Cadernos Brasileiros de Terapia Ocupacional, 29, e2961. doi.org/10.1590/2526-8910.ctoAO2244

Sy, M. P., Martinez, P. G. V., & Twinley, R. (2021). The dark side of occupation within the context of modern-day beauty pageants. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, pre-press, 1-11. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-205055

Sy, M. P., Pineda, R. C., Sumulong, R. A., & Navarro, A. (2020). Establishing a Pilot Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Philippines. Journal of Health and Caring Sciences, 2(2), 180-191. doi.org/10.37719/jhcs.2020.v2i2.rna004

Yao, D. P. G., Inoue, K., Sy, M. P., Bontje, P., Suyama, N., Yatsu, C., Perez, D. A., & Ito, Y. (2020). Experience of Filipinos with spinal cord injury in the use of assistive technology: An occupational justice perspective. Occupational Therapy International, 2020(6696296). doi.org/10.1155/2020/6696296

Rabe, A., Sy, M., Cheung, W., Lucero-Prisno, D. (2020). COVID-19 and health professions education: A 360° view of the impact of a global health emergency. MedEdPublish, 9(1), 148. doi.org/10.15694/mep.2020.000148.1

Sy, M. P., O’Leary, N., Nagraj, S., El-Awaisi, A., O’Carroll, V., & Xyrichis, A. (2020). Doing interprofessional research in the COVID-19 era: A discussion paper. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(5), 600-606. doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2020.1791808

O'Carroll, V., Owens, M., Sy, M., El-Awaisi, A., Xyrichis, A., Leigh, J., Nagraj, S., Huber, M., Hutchings, M., & McFadyen, A. (2020). Top tips for interprofessional education and collaborative practice research: a guide for students and early career researchers. Journal of interprofessional care, 1–6. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2020.1777092

Pangilinan-Behino, C. M. & Sy, M. P. (2020). Using participatory curriculum development for Barangay Health Workers in a local community: A pilot study. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development, 24(2), 1-13.

Sy, M. P., Pineda, R. C., Yao, D. P., Guevara, C. A., Delos Reyes, R. C., Castro, I. M. (2020). Shared voices of Filipino occupational therapists during the COVID-19 pandemic: Reflections from an online forum. WFOT Bulletin, 76(1). doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2020.1761575

*Sy, M. P., Bontje, P., Ohshima, N., Kiepek, N. (2020). Articulating the form, function, and meaning of drug using in the Philippines from the lens of morality and work ethics. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(1), 12-21. doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2019.1644662

*Sy, M. P., Reyes, R., Roraldo, M., & Ohshima, N. (2021). Uncovering the lived experiences of Filipino drug recoverees towards occupational participation and justice through an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, 28(6), 457–470. doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2019.1642380

Sy, M. P., Escuadra, C. J., & Sumulong, R. A. L. (2019). The birth of a national network for interprofessional education and collaboration: Results from an inter-university partnership. Philippine Journal of Allied Health Sciences. Advanced online publication. doi.org/10.36413/pjahs.0301.007

Sy, M. P., Martinez, P. G. V., Labung, F. F. T., Medina, M. A. K. G., Mesina, A. S., Vicencio, M. R. E., & Tulabut, H. D. P. (2019). Baseline assessment on the quality of interprofessional collaboration among Filipino Mental Health Professionals. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 14(2019), 58–66. doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2018.12.003

*Sy, M. P. & Ohshima, N. (2019). Utilizing the Occupational Justice Health Questionnaire (OJHQ) with a Filipino drug surrenderee in occupational therapy practice: A case report. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 75(1), 59–62. doi:10.1080/14473828.2018.1505682

*Sy, M. P., Ohshima, N. & Roraldo, M. P. N. R. (2018). The role of Filipino occupational therapists in substance addiction and rehabilitation: A Q-Methodology. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 34(4), 367–388. doi:10.1080/0164212X.2018.1446206

Sy, M. P. (2017). Filipino therapists’ experiences and attitudes of interprofessional education and collaboration: A cross-sectional survey, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31(6), 761–770. doi:10.1080/13561820.2017.1359509