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Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Ph.D., M.A., B.M.R., B.Sc.

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine | St. Joseph's College | St. Stephen's College

Occupational Therapy

About Me


Ph.D. Theology (Eastern Christian Studies) - Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa - 2009 

M.A. Theology (Spirituality) - Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa - 1999 

B.M.R. (Occupational Therapy) - University of Manitoba - 1989 

B.Sc., Gen. (Botany and Statistical Research) - University of Manitoba - 1986

Background Information

  • Joined the University of Alberta in 2011
  • An Occupational Therapist, Designated Capacity Assessor (DCA), educator and researcher in mental health, aging, complex needs, spirituality, and implementation science, with experience in hospital, community, and private practice settings, post-secondary institutions, and with the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Holds a PhD in Theology (research focus on the interface between psychology and spirituality)

Professional Interests 

Dr. Brémault-Phillips is interested in bridging research and clinical practice, and facilitating knowledge translation in the areas of mental health, aging, spiritual and mental fitness (military and civilian), resiliency, capacity building, community health service delivery, and inter-professional education and research. 


Current Research

Dr. Brémault-Phillips is:

  • Principal Investigator of a NESHW-funded multi-site study in acute care, supportive living, and long term care aimed at enhancing the capacity of front-line staff to manage responsive aggressive behaviours by employing the P.I.E.C.E.S. best-practice process.
  • Principal Investigator of a province-wide NESHW-funded study focused on developing and evaluating an implementation and sustainability framework for a Decision-Making Capacity Assessment (DMCA) Model aimed at guiding the best-practices of service providers and the system when assessing individuals whose decision-making abilities have come into question.
  • Co-Principal Investigator of a NAAFP-funded study examining the experience of family physicians conducting decision-making capacity assessments and resources that might better support them in this practice area.
  • Co-Investigator on a CIHR-funded study implementing and evaluating a multi-component online resource for caregivers of persons with dementia. 
  • Co-Investigator on an AIHS-PRHIS grant focused on optimizing seniors surgical care on an elder-friendly surgical unit.


Other current research/teaching initiatives include:

  • Capacity building of service providers and systems to manage complex needs of individuals with mental health concerns or cognitive impairment 
  • Retaining a focus on the "person" in person- and family-centred care
  • Resiliency among clients and caregivers, as well as students and service-providers
  • Spiritual and mental fitness among the military and civilian populations
  • Implementation and sustainability of best-practice processes
  • The role of ethics, values and beliefs in decision-making capacity assessments
  • Spirituality in the management of chronic conditions, moral injury, and at end of life
  • Meaning caregivers find in occupation
  • The impact of community-based rehabilitation services on psychological well-being 
  • Homelikeness of continuing care
  • Technological and environmental strategies to support individuals with complex needs living in the community.