Rachel Thibeault received her B.Sc in Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) from Laval University (1979); her M.Sc. (Psychology) from Acadia University (1986) and her Ph.D. (Community Psychology) from the UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al (1991). She also did post doctoral studies at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and at the University of Ă…rhus (Denmark).
A Full Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada, Rachel Thibeault cumulates a background in occupational therapy, psychology and community development. She specializes in Community-Based Rehabilitation, psychosocial care, and issues of meaning, resilience and social justice in health care. Her work focuses mainly on models of rehabilitation services delivery that would be community-based and driven, especially in hard-to-access settings, communities affected by HIV/AIDS, ex or current war zones, and leprosy communities. Her participatory action research has taken her to the High Arctic, South East Asia, Central America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She adopts a collaborative perspective that fosters community decision-making at all levels and promotes approaches that build on the principles of sustainable livelihoods, peer support, service integration and social inclusion.
|1991||Ph.D.||Psychology||University of Montréal|
|1990||Postdoctoral training||Psychology||Aarhus Universitet, Danemark|
|1989||Postdoctoral training||Occupational Therapy||University of Southern California|
|1979||B.Sc.||Occupational Therapy||Laval University|
- Community-Based Rehabilitation
- Psychological resilience
- Peer support
- Participatory and equitable community development