Theresa McElroy


I have been involved with online learning and teaching for the past 12 years; first as a student working towards my Masters of International Health degree through Curtin University, and subsequently in a number of roles as a teaching assistant, course developer and instructor throughout my doctorate work and beyond. In the MRSc, I developed and taught the ‘Program Evaluation’ section of RHSC 583. I appreciate that online learning can be engaging and rewarding both as a learner and facilitator, but it also allows for the fulfilment of other important life roles.

I graduated as an Occupational Therapist from UBC in 1998 and have worked as a paediatric therapist in areas ranging from acute care to remote community outreach both nationally and internationally. In 2012 I completed my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies through UBC; my research was a focused ethnography exploring early childhood health and development in a population impacted by war and internal displacement in northern Uganda. From this and other research work, I have co-authored a number of peer-reviewed papers on children’s health and well being in low-income countries.

I have a strong interest in program development and evaluation. From 2006-2008, I worked as Program Manager with the Centre for International Child Health at BC Childrens Hospital. While completing my doctoral fieldwork I was also contracted to evaluate and design children’s programming in northern Uganda, and I am currently working with Child Health BC to design an evaluation plan for the Provincial roll out of a pediatric early warning system for hospitalized children.

I have a passion for being outdoors with my son and two dogs (one Canadian and one Ugandan).