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

Associate 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 and spiritual health and well-being, aging, complex needs, implementation science, identity and transition, with experience in hospital, community, and private practice settings, post-secondary institutions, and with the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Holds a PhD in Theology (with a 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), identity, 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-Applicant on a CIHR-funded study: Intervention to improve perinatal outcomes following the 2016 Alberta wildfires: administration, effectiveness and community implementation
  • Co-Principal Investigator of a NAAFP-funded study examining the experience of family physicians conducting decision-making capacity assessments 
  • 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:

  • Spiritual and mental health and well-being, resiliency, identity and transition among military personnel, veterans, clients, caregivers, students and service-providers
  • 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
  • Implementation and sustainability of best-practice processes
  • Decision-making capacity assessments
  • Technological and environmental strategies to support individuals with complex needs living in the community.