Cris Rowan is an impassioned occupational therapist who has first-hand understanding and knowledge of how technology can cause profound changes in a child’s development, behavior and their ability to learn. Cris received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989 from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and is a SIPT certified sensory integration specialist. Cris is a member in good standing with the BC College of Occupational Therapists, and an approved provider with the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and Autism Community Training.

For the past fifteen years, Cris has specialized in pediatric rehabilitation, working for over a decade in the Sunshine Coast School District in British Columbia. Cris is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. offering products, workshops and training to improve child health and enhance academic performance. Cris designed Zone’inMove’inUnplug’in, and Live’in educational products for elementary children to address the rise in developmental delays, behavior disorders, and technology overuse. Cris has performed over 200 Foundation Series Workshops on topics such as sensory integration, attention and learning, fine motor development, printing and the impact of technology on child development for teachers, parents and health professionals throughout North America. Cris has recently created Zone’in Training Programs to train other pediatric occupational therapists to deliver these integral workshops in their own community.

Cris authors the monthly Zone’in Development Series Newsletter and is author of the following policy initiatives: Unplug – Don’t DrugCreating Sustainable Futures Program, andLinking Corporations to Community. Cris is author of a forthcoming book Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children. Cris is a proud mom of Canadian Navy Submariner Officer Matt, and resides in Sechelt, British Columbia on the Sunshine Coast with her equestrian daughter Katie, two dogs, three cats, a bird and a horse. Cris loves the outdoors and spends a great deal of time with her family exploring the natural beauty of her community.

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  1. Dear Cris,

    I’m a contributing writer of the Trauma and Mental Health Report, an online mental health report based out of York University in Toronto, Canada. York University one of the largest universities in Canada with over 50,000 students and comprising the largest faculty in Psychology research in Canada. We have been sharing research-based knowledge with the broader online community to raise awareness about mental health. Our articles are also featured on Psychology Today and shared on many social media platforms. Our subscribers worldwide are clinicians, stakeholders and interested users of mental health support wishing to be informed of the latest trends and research in trauma and mental health.

    I am interested in interviewing you for an article in learning more about your work and clinical experience regarding the topic of childhood emotional neglect and the use of technology in inattentive parenting.

    If you could spare half an hour of your time to share your vision regarding the above topic and answer some questions about your work in this specialized area, it would be much appreciated. The interview will take place on Zoom and recorded for quality assurance purposes. Please kindly let me know your availability and how best to proceed.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Lotus Vu B.A.
    Contributing Writer/Reporter
    The Trauma & Mental Health Report
    York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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