Dr. Elizabeth TaylorChair of the Board
Associate Dean, Professional Programs and Teaching, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, as well as Associate Dean Professional of Programs and Teaching in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She holds a Doctorate in Education – her research was entitled “Siblings growing up with a Sibling with Schizophrenia”. She teaches community development and mental health in occupational therapy, and is a course coordinator for INTD 410, a required inter-professional scenario based health science course in which over 1100 students participate each year. Her current research is in interprofessional team development as well as in mental health recovery programs. A long term community advocate, who believes that research, must impact action - she has developed programs for those who live with mental illness; woman and children leaving abusive situations, and “Streetworks” a Harm Reduction Program. Over the past few years, she has been actively advocating for increased early access to rehabilitation and return to work programs for our injured Canadian soldiers and veterans. She is the President of The House Next Door Society, a program that provides housing and support for those living with severe persistent mental illness. Awards have included: the Alan Blizzard Teaching Award for Interprofessional work; the Dr. Helen P. LeVesconte Award for professional service; a Fellowship in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists for her work in developing the current national educational accreditation program. She has been a consultant in education for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the Canadian Physical Therapy Association and the Ontario Government Graduate School Council. She is the past President of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.