Cary Brown, PhD, is full professor and accepts graduate students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.
PhD – Medical Sociology/Primary Care – University of Liverpool, UK
MA – Medical Anthropology – University of Manitoba
BMR(OT) – University of Manitoba
Dr. Brown is a full time faculty member at the University of Alberta. She has practiced clinically as an occupational therapist, department supervisor and academic in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Dr. Brown teaches and researches in the areas of knowledge translation, health literacy, sleep, and chronic pain across the life span. She has numerous publications on these topics and presents regularly at national and international conferences. Annually, Dr. Brown teaches a graduate module in Sleep and Health and has received previous funding for research in the areas of disordered sleep in both children and persons with dementia. Her interest in disordered sleep is linked to her research activities in chronic pain, one of which received the Canadian Pain Society – Pain Awareness Award 2010 for Knowledge Translation activities.
Dr. Brown is interested in environmental modification for sleep problems, pain meaning construction, knowledge translation, critical review of intervention research, the concept of scholarship as it applies to students in higher education, and building communities of practice to support therapists who work in isolated area. She has experience in educational website development, survey design, critical review and health literacy development for caregivers of vulnerable populations.