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Dr. Mary Khetani

International Collaborator

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International Collaborators


Mary Khetani, ScD, OTR is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Khetani's primary research interest is in applying a newly developed parent-reported outcome (PRO) instrument and care planning guide to health services and intervention research specific to early intervention (a community-based service delivery model for infants and toddlers with developmental needs). She directs the Children's Participation and Environment Research Lab (CPERL) through which she pursues collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-site research in three main areas: (1) developing and testing a new caregiver questionnaire for comprehensive and feasible assessment of young children's participation in activities and environmental supports and barriers to participation, called the Young Children's Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM); 2) applying the YC-PEM in large sample research studies involves young children with developmental needs to examine patterns and pathways to home, school, and community functioning, results of which can inform the design of targeted and tailored interventions for established and emerging populations who express occupational performance needs, and 3) leveraging technology to help parents build on their baseline YC-PEM assessment for effective and efficient care planning. Since 2007, Dr. Khetani has worked with, and learned from, members of the CanChild team on projects for each of these three main areas of investigation.

Areas of Focus

Childhood disability, Social participation, Quality of life, Measurement


Participation and Environment Project

The Participation and Environment Project is a collaboration between researchers in the United States and Canada.

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The Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY): An innovative measure for home, school and community

The Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth, or the PEM-CY, is a new measurement tool designed to help parents, service providers and researchers better understand the participation of children and youth.

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How Parents View Their Child’s Participation and Environment: Creating a Foundation for the PEM-CY

This current In Brief includes more details about what we learned from parents about their child’s participation and the impact of the environment on participation.

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An Evaluation of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY)

This current In Brief includes more details about what we did to evaluate whether the PEM-CY provides consistent information about participation and actually measures what we want it to measure.

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