In 2011, I moved from the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where I hold a Canada Research Chair in Creative Practices and Well-being.
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Arts, Gender & Cancer Meeting - Summary Available Soon

In August, our Creative Practices Centre hosted an interdisicplinary, international team to generate ideas and determine priorities to address the intersecting areas of arts, gender, and cancer.  

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A summary of the meeting and a scoping review will be available soon.

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Lunch & Learn with Mike Lang: Digital Storytelling in a Health Setting

Digital Storytelling Health Care


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First Lunch & Learn - Interpretive Description

The Creative Practices Centre at the University of Ottawa hosted our first Lunch & Learn Discussion on June 13, 2016.  Our guest speaker was Ms. Kristen Haase, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing.  Kristen is a registered nurse and a lecturer in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her dissertation research focuses on internet use by those newly diagnosed with cancer.  Kristen's PhD committee consists of Drs. Wendy Gifford, Roanne Thomas (co-supervisors), Dave Holmes, and Lorraine Holtslander.

Lunch and Learn June 2016

Kristen's presentation focused on interpretive description (ID) which is a relatively new methodological approach, but shows great promise for apprehending phenomena in practice-based disciplines.  Like other qualitative methods, ID requires the researcher to be responsive and reflexive to the emerging data and research context.  Unlike other approaches, it is much less prescriptive.  Kristen presented insights from an ongoing mixed methods study which employs ID as the overarching method.  She discussed the background and history of the method, and the process and decisions involved in its application to the ongoing research.  

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