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Dr. Michael Sy

Dr. Michael Sy

Dr. Michael Sy

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

+41 (0) 58 934 42 56

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Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the 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].

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.

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].

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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].

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].

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.

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).

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.

*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.

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.

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.

*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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

*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.

*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.

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.

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.

*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