Paul 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.
Working 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.