Regina Casey

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Academic Introduction

Academic and Professional Profile

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Africa Mental Health Foundation, 2015
Ph.D.,Faculty of Medicine, Dept. Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, 2013
M.A. (Leadership in Health Care) Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, 2006
Diploma Occupational Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1986

Regina has worked in community mental health practice for over 20 years, is currently coordinating the graduate Psychosocial Rehabilitation Diploma at Douglas College and an educational platform for stakeholders in recovery-oriented PSR (please see psyrehab.ca). Regina also teaches at UBC at the school of occupational science and occupational therapy and has a keen interest in research activities re recovery, activity health and health and wellness in low and middle-income countries.


Research Activities

Collaboratively developing an evidence-informed culturally sensitive recovery-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation toolkit to support the health and wellness of individuals who live with mental illness in low-income countries. People who have contributed to this work and who will use it include; people with lived experience of mental illness, loved ones, hospital staff and administrators in both Nairobi and Machakos districts of Kenya. Additional funding supported the development of toolkit education, dissemination and evaluation opportunities with and for staff in Mathari Hospital Nairobi, Kenya in June 2016. The goal is to scale up this project for use in other low and middle income countries.
Applied for and was awarded grant funding with 33 partners to implement Canadian Recovery Guidelines in four Canadian cities with McGill University, Montreal, Canada 2016. Obtained partner funds from the Michael Smith Foundation – Deferred to Sept 2017.


Specialized Educational Activities

Developing Advanced Practice website and a community of practice for knowledge translation regarding Recovery-oriented PSR “Best Practices” In partnership with BC Ministry of Health and Douglas College, 2014-present (see psyrehab.ca/com website for several high quality webinars)
Our Advanced Practice Team developed, delivered, evaluated and coorded education initiatives on supported employment and supported education for staff helping people with complex needs find employment funded in part by grants from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and the support of Douglas College. 2014- present.
Offers mental health organizations education and evaluation support upon request.


Professional Affiliations and Community Service

Curriculum Committee, Master of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UBC 2013-present
Board Member– Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)/Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS), Canada 2015-present
Co-Chair – Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)/Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS), BC 2011- present
Chairperson PSR/RPS Canada Training Committee 2017- present
Board Member – Canadian Mental Health/Vancouver-Fraser Branch 2010- 2016
Consumer and family voice committee -Canadian Mental Health/Vancouver-Fraser Branch 2015- present
Editor – Mental Health Practice Colum. Occupational Therapy Now 2010- 2017
Member –Consumers for knowledge exchange and research group (ConKer) 2006- 2013
Steering committee member – Bringing cognitive remediation to BC Conference 2017- present
Advisory Committee – Imagining inclusion: Creating upstream change in community Mental Health 2016- present

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