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.