Colleen Reid

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Research Interests

  • health inequities
  • aging and dementia
  • mental health
  • community based research
  • social determinants of health
  • leisure and recreation

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Academic Introduction

PhD (University of British Columbia) Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Sciences
MA (University of British Columbia) Human Kinetics in Socio-cultural Studies
B.PHE (Queen's University) Physical and Health Education
BA (Queen's University) Psychology

Douglas College Faculty member since 2009.

Colleen is Faculty in the Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Coordinator of the Research Innovation Office at Douglas College. She also holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Public Policy program at Simon Fraser University, in Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of British Columbia, and in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University. As an interdisciplinary graduate student at UBC, a health sciences postdoctoral researcher at SFU, and faculty at Douglas she has been involved in community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects for over 25 years. Colleen uses CBPR approaches, including community-based research, action research, participatory action research, practitioner research, applied research, and feminist participatory action research, to study and promote health in the contexts of oppression, suffering, and stigma for marginalized groups. She has conducted research with women on low-income, women living in diverse contexts struggling with employability, practitioners striving for recognition in their workplace and the health care system, individuals with lived experience of mental illness and individuals with dementia. Currently, she is co-lead on the Vancouver Foundation-funded CBPR project “Raising the Curtain on the Lived Experience of Dementia.” Her recent publications were in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Leisure / Loisir, Leisure Sciences, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and Nursing Inquiry, and she recently co-authored the third edition of Research, Experience, Social Change: Critical Methods (University of Toronto Press). In Colleen's research and teaching, she focuses on critical social research methods, community development, the determinants of health, and leisure and recreation. She brings a strong commitment to social justice and participatory and inclusive approaches to her work.

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