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Prof. Dr. Brigitte Gantschnig

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Gantschnig

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Gantschnig

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

+41 (0) 58 934 63 65

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Research Unit for Occupational Therapy

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Therapy
Researcher and Lecturer at the Bachelor's and Master's level and Continuing Education at the Institute for Occupational Therapy

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).

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

Professional milestones

2017 Teaching Award for "Teaching Science" at the ZHAW
2017 Award for Interprofessional Research of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW)

since 2015 – Part time at the Berne University Hospital (Inselspital) and University Bern – 20%. Main responsibility ist to plan and implement clinical research.

2006–2007 Occupational Therapist at Tempelacker, Rheineck, Switzerland. Occupational therapy with children in a community-based setting.

2001–2007 Occupational Therapist at the Rheinburg Kliniek, Walzenhausen, Switzerland. Occupational therapy within an interprofessional rehabilitation team for clients with neurological and orthopaedic diagnoses with inpatient and outpatient services; development of a concept to implement Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) within a clinical context.

1999–2001 Occupational Therapist at Landeskrannkenhaus Hochzirl Zirl, Austria. Occupational therapy within an interprofessional rehabilitation team for clients with neurological diagnoses in a clinical context.

1998–1999 Occupational Therapist at the University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria. Occupational therapy within an interprofessional team for clients with psychiatric diagnoses in a clinical context for acute care

Membership of networks



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