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Rachel Thibeault

Full Professor
Room : RGN 3059
Phone : (613) 562-5800 ext. 8034
Fax : (613) 562-5428
E-mail : rthibeau@uottawa.ca

Rachel Thibeault


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 Université de Montréal (1991). She also did post doctoral studies at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and at the University of Århus (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.

University Degrees

Year Degree Specialty Institution
1991 Ph.D. Psychology University of Montréal
1990 Postdoctoral training Psychology Aarhus Universitet, Danemark
1989 Postdoctoral training Occupational Therapy University of Southern California
1986 M.Sc. Psychology Acadia University
1979 B.Sc. Occupational Therapy Laval University

Research Interests

  • Community-Based Rehabilitation
  • Psychological resilience
  • Peer support
  • Participatory and equitable community development