The Creative Practices Lab is excited to introduce its most recent initiative; 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 that, we hope, will culminate in the establishment of the CADRE, the Centre for Creative and Critical Approaches to Disability and Rehabilitation. CADRE will be based on a model of compassionate scholarship recognizing the many benefits of working collaboratively in addressing inequality and promoting social justice in creative ways. By bringing our diverse partners together to engage in dialogue and advance scholarly activity, we hope to contribute to new understandings of disability and rehabilitation and to foster novel approaches to research and practice.

The founding members of our research group are Drs. Judy King, Roanne Thomas, Mary Egan and Katrine Sauvé-Schenk.

Dr. Judy King is a physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She currently holds a 3-year Chair in University Teaching: Critical Thinking in an Era of (mis) Information. Her patient centered research focuses on patient education, specifically as it relates to chronic disease management such as chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions. In addition to her research, teaching and service activities, she maintains a clinical position working at The Ottawa Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit to have an up to date understanding of the present health care system.

Dr. Roanne Thomas is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She held a Canada Research Chair in Creative Practices and Well-being from 2011 to 2021. Prior to this, she held a CIHR New Investigator Award from 2005-2010. Using innovative tools such as creative writing, photovoice (storytelling + photography) and other visual arts, such as mixed media, her research is helping people to improve their sense of well-being and to support themselves while living with chronic illnesses.

Dr. Mary Egan is an occupational therapist and epidemiologist, as well as Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Egan uses critical, qualitative and quantitative methods to make explicit taken for granted assumptions regarding rehabilitation outcomes and processes. Her research focuses on how people return to their personally valued activities despite chronic health issues, both in the presence and absence of therapy.

Dr. Katrine Sauvé-Schenk is a registered Occupational Therapist since 2003. In this role, she  has gained experienced working with clients in both the public and private practice settings, in acute care, rehabilitation and community services. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Through her research, she aims to understand the influence of social determinants of health on rehabilitation, and to find solutions to reduce resulting health inequities. Her research currently focuses on the influence of income, housing and linguistic minority status.


Our advisory group consists of the four founding members as above and pictured below, plus Drs. Ravi Malhotra (Law) and Susan Lamb (Medicine), as well as a community member, Ms. Gen Allen and student representative, Ms. Josée Boulanger.

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.