Congratulations to Karen Bouchard, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Recipient

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

Dr. Karen Bouchard, postdoctoral fellow in behavioural medicine and health psychology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Human Research Council (SSHRC). She was ranked 1st in Canada in her committee (Education, Linguistics, Psychology, & Social Work) and recently nominated for the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award.

Her research project is titled: Caring for caregivers: The impact of a relationship-education program on cardiac caregivers’ well-being. Her project will help researchers and clinicians further understand the unique experiences of cardiac caregivers, a group neglected in the research to date. The project will lead to the development of educational tools and couples-based programs that enhance patient-caregiver relationship quality and the well-being of caregivers. Dr. Bouchard is completing her research as part of the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr. Heather Tulloch. @HeartInstitute. Under the supervision of University of Ottawa Faculty of Education professor Dr. David Smith, Dr. Bouchard completed her PhD in Education in 2019 during which she investigated teacher-student relationship quality and youth’s bullying experiences.

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