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Prof. Brigitte Gantschnig PhD, MScOT

Prof. Brigitte Gantschnig

Prof. Brigitte Gantschnig PhD, MScOT

ZHAW School of Health Sciences
Institute of Occupational Therapy
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 63 65

Work at ZHAW


Head Research Unit for Occupational Therapy, Professor of Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Therapy

Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Participation of persons with disability in different areas of life (e.g., persons with chronic pain in the area of work); clinical trials; patient and quality registries, evaluation of activity and participation; validation of evaluation tools of activity and participation; Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS); International Classification of Functioning disability and health (ICF).


  • Professor for Evaluation and Assessment in Occupational Therapy
    ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    12 / 2015 - today
  • Head of Research and Development of the Institute of Occupational Therapy (School of Health Science)
    ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    03 / 2018 - today
  • Postdoc
    Inselgruppe Bern AG, Research Group Chronic Musculoskelettale Pain, Department of Rheumatologie and Immunology
    02 / 2015 - 06 / 2022
  • Research Assistant and Lecturer
    ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    09 / 2007 - 11 / 2015
  • Occupational Therapist
    Tempelacker, Therapy for children and youth: Rheineck
    05 / 2005 - 08 / 2007
  • Occupational Therapist
    Rheinburg-Klinik AG
    10 / 2001 - 04 / 2005
  • Occupational Therapist
    Öffentliches Landeskrankenhaus Hochzirl-Natters Standort Hochzirl
    09 / 1999 - 08 / 2001
  • Occupational Therapist
    University Hospital Innsbruck
    10 / 1998 - 09 / 1999

Educational background

2009-2014 PhD Study at the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

2005-2007 European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (Karolinska Institut, Stockholm, Sweden; School of Occupational and Physio Therapy, Naestved, Denmark; Hoogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Univerity of Brighton, School for Health Professions, Eastbourne, Great Britain)

1995-1998 Akademy for Occupational Therapy, Klagenfurt, Austria

Membership of networks


  • SAMS Award for Interprofessional Research (Generalsekretariat)
    Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
    11 / 2017
  • Best Teaching – Best Practices: Teaching Award for "Teaching Science"
    ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    11 / 2017

Social media



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts