We have recently created a report highlighting my ten years of research as a Canada Research Chair holder in Creative Practices and Well-being. From 2011-2021, my research program supported the development of creative practices in order to contribute to the body of research aimed at improving the quality of life of those living with chronic illness and disability. Using interdisciplinary, participatory, and arts-based approaches to health research, our research teams studied topics such as cancer survivorship, lymphedema, arm morbidity, the development of positive psychosocial components of healing, and cultural safety, among others.

Our report features:

A brief introduction to my objectives, research background and approaches

Tallies of our research outputs, funding, and students mentored

Research highlights from our major research projects

Links to videos featuring our findings and excerpts from participants

A list of references for those wanting to learn more about our work

Some of my most rewarding projects have been supervising my PhD students and the work they have produced. For example, Josée Boulanger – PhD candidate – used audio/visual participatory methods to explore a good life with people labelled with an intellectual disability as well as the relational aspects of decision-making in the context of participatory research. Additionally, Shirin M. Shallwani – a physiotherapist and certified lymphedema therapist – is working to increase our understanding of leisure physical activity in people with advanced cancer to guide efforts aimed at developing and evaluating supportive care strategies for this population and contribute to advancing clinical practice within a Canadian cancer rehabilitation context.

The visual and audio-visual outputs of our research such as participants’ artwork, infographics, videos summarizing our findings, and live performances are featured throughout the report. These outputs have reached a wide audience of health professionals, patients, caregivers, and students across multiple Canadian provinces. We hope their unique format has increased the accessibility, reach, and impact of our work!

Despite my Research Chair coming to an end, our work continues! My most recent initiative is the creation of a new research group at the University of Ottawa devoted to promoting and facilitating critical and creative approaches to rehabilitation and disability research. We are currently engaging with community partners and scholars across various disciplines in order to establish an interdisciplinary research group. The research group is open to all, whether you are in Ottawa or elsewhere. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.

Click below to read the full report.

Final CRC report