Dr. Jarus has two research focuses. Her first focus is on motor learning, with an emphasis on how skills are acquired, retained, and generalized to other tasks. Her second focus is on occupational performance and how it relates to health and well-being. Specifically, she examines the transition into and out of university of students with disabilities.
Tal believes everyone has the right to be an occupational human being. “The personal is political” – whether she is playing basketball, biking, cooking with her children, reading, watching a movie with her partner, talking to her mother, working on a research project, or marking an assignment – she is always occupied. She believes that everyone has the right to participate in meaningful occupations.
“Our world is facing serious problems that affect the occupational performance of many people: violence, wars, chronic diseases, unemployment, poverty, and lack of acceptance and tolerance toward groups of people who differ from us. I am interested in looking at the relationship between the person, the environment and the occupation, to enhance health and well being of individuals and of society as a whole. That’s why I am an occupational therapy scientist!”