Creative Practices Centre Affiliates

Paul Graham

paul grahamPaul Graham is a graduate of Dalhousie University's Master of Library & Information studies. He spent 6 years working in the University of Saskatchewan's Sociology Department as a Research Associate, managing and supporting a variety of projects, such as youth gambling, physician mentorship, arm lymphedema, as well as publishing on issues such as knowledge transfer, mental health statistics and research methods. He also works as a consultant providing training and support on Nvivo qualitative software and academic research. Currently, he is the University Librarian for Yorkville University (2010-present). His recent work includes a co-authored systematic literature review on Chinese food safety issues presented at this year's 2015 Congress.

 

Mary Pfaff

mary pfaffWorking for over 20 years in the inspiring field of arts and health, I am an international presenter and leading advocate for engagement in the arts and creative process to effect positive change in the quality of life and sense of wellbeing for individuals and communities. I recently served as the arts for wellness coach for cancer survivors with the Ottawa Cancer Foundation at Maplesoft Center and is the Founder and former Director of Artswell, an arts and healthcare charity organization.

For many years I designed and implemented innovative arts programs and projects for all ages using the arts as a healing agent for self-expression, empowerment, insight, recovery, rehabilitation, respite and prevention.

In 2014, under the auspices of the University of Ottawa Humanities and Medicine program, I launched an exciting visual arts based project Creativity: the Essential Prescription. As the faculty Artist in Residence I worked within the medical school to facilitate artistic and creative expression in others.

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Creative Practices Centre (CPC)

Together with Drs. Mary Egan and Judy King, and with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, I recently established the Creative Practices Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  The CPC supports interdisciplinary research aimed at improving the quality of life for those with chronic illnesses, such as cancer.  The emphasis of the CPC is to engage with creative practices, such as photography, visual arts, and writing, as forms of support and as strategies of knowledge translation.

One hallmark of qualitative research is its participatory emphasis. The CPC has a meeting room and communication facilities for researchers to meet with participants and key stakeholders. The Centre also promotes collaborative relationships between researchers, providing space for them to meet in person and/or electronically in order to foster the expansion of qualitative and mixed methods research.

CPC Location and Contact Information

  • Roger Guindon, room 1125
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For Enquiries about the CPC
Please contact Viviane Grandpierre
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Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext 4564

Facilities

  • Focus group meeting room
    • White Board
    • Adobe Connect
    • Teleconference equipment
    • Skype
  • Interview room
    • Interview space for 1-2 interviewees
  • Computer work stations
    • NVIVO
    • Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Master Collection
  • Equipment
    • Audio-recorders
    • Digital cameras

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About the Creative Practices Centre

Together with Drs. Mary Egan and Judy King, and with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, I recently established the Creative Practices Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  The CPC will support interdisciplinary research aimed at improving the quality of life for those with chronic illnesses, such as cancer.  The emphasis of the CPC will be engaging with creative practices, such as photography and drama, as forms of support and as strategies of knowledge translation.

Previously, with Dr. Ulrich Teucher and with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, I co-founded the Qualitative Research Centre (QRC) at the University of Saskatchewan. Like the CPC, this centre provides facilities, expertise, and capacity to bridge divisions between qualitative and quantitative research approaches through the creation of research synergies. One hallmark of qualitative research is its participatory dimension. Both the QRC and the CPC have meeting rooms and communication facilities for researchers to meet with participants and key stakeholders. The facilities also promote collaborative relationships between researchers, providing space for them to meet in person and/or electronically in order to foster the expansion of qualitative and mixed methods research.

The QRC has hosted three very successful conferences, as well as a fourth in collaboration with the new Creative Practices Centre in June 2014 in Ottawa. The Innovations in Qualitative Research Conferences (IQRC) have featured well known qualitative researchers, such as Ron Pelias, Christina Sinding, Carolyn Ellis, and Art Bochner. A performance by Brian Lobel was featured in lieu of a keynote presentation in 2008. In 2012, our first graduate student keynote was delivered by Julie Easley. 

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Current Projects

National Picture Project

Share your cancer story through photography

The Universities of Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, and the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) Program are collaborating on a new study to explore women’s experiences of cancer. Funding for this project has been provided by the Canadian Cancer Society. The goal of the project is to gather and disseminate knowledge of cancer survivorship from the perspectives of Aboriginal women in diverse Canadian communities to establish a strong foundation for culturally responsive programs.

Want to participate? Find more information here.

 

Writing Reflectively with Breast Cancer

Workshops to develop a Creative Workshop program for women with breast cancer

We are looking for women who would like to help develop a creative writing program for women who have had breast cancer. We are offering workshops  developed with professional writer, Gail Taylor, who has worked with women facing many challenges.  The workshops will be held in Ottawa.

Want to participate? Find more information here.

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