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

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
(780) 492-9503
3-14 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4



Background Information

  • Joined the University of Alberta in 2011
  • A boundary spanner who bridges research and practice, and facilitates inter-professional collaboration, capacity-building and knowledge translation. 
  • Researcher, clinician, educator in medical rehabilitation; mental and spiritual health, resilience, and well-being among military, veteran, public safety personnel and families; PTSD and moral injury; evidence-based supported psychotherapies; complex needs, aging and support for family caregivers of person with dementia; system change and knowledge translation/implementation science/program evaluation.


Current Research

  • Principal Investigator, Multi-modal virtual-reality based treatment for Canadian Armed Forces members with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) study (Funding sources: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Royal Canadian Legion AB-NWT, Department of National Defence, with in-kind contributions from Defence Research and Development Canada)
  • Principal Investigator, COVID-19 Physical Distancing, Virtual Delivery of Trauma Therapies to Trauma-Affected First Responders (Funding source: Government of Alberta)
  • Principal Investigator, For Those Who Serve and Have Served: Fostering Resilience, Readiness and Growth among Military Members, Veterans, Public Safety Personnel in Times of COVID-19 (Funding source: Government of Alberta)
  • Principal Investigator, Understanding cannabis use by Canadian Veterans and its impact on their health, well-being and quality of life (Funding sources: Alberta Innovates)
  • Principal Investigator, Resilient Parents...Resilient Communities (RPRC; Funding source: Royal Canadian Legion)
  • Principal Investigator, Military & Veteran Friendly Campus (Funding source: Government of Alberta)


  • Mental health 
  • Resilience
  • Aging
  • Spirituality


Interested students looking for a supervisor are welcome to contact her directly. 

Scholarly Activities

Research - Decision-making capacity assessments

The assessment of individuals whose decision-making ability has come into question (e.g., health, where they live, legal issues) necessitates use of best practice processes due to the implications on personal autonomy and rights. Research aims to assist organizations, systems, and service providers in building capacity in offering decision-making capacity assessments. 

Decision Making Capacity Assessment (DMCA) Research Group

Research - Mental and spiritual well-being, health and resilience

My research explores spiritual and mental well-being, health, resilience, and moral injury among military, veteran, civilian and student populations. Activities include the study, implementation and dissemination of interventions that aim to enhance function and well-being, inter-professional collaboration, capacity-building, and system-change.

Research - Military, Veteran, and Public Safety Personnel and their Families

Started: 20180701

As the Director of the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC), I am committed to serving those who serve us through research, teaching and service. Canadian military members, veterans, public safety personnel, and their families will benefit from HiMARC's research, education, and knowledge translation activities.

Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC)

Featured Publications

Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., Charles, L., Roduta-Roberts, M., Mitra, A., Friesen, S., Moulton, L., Parmar, J.

BMC ResearchNote. 11 (607):1-10

Olson, D.M., Brémault-Phillips, S., King, S., Metz, G.A., Montesanti, S., Olson, J.K., Hyde, A., Pike, A., Hoover, T., Linder, R., Joggerst, B. and Watts, R.

Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

Besemann, M., Hebert, J., Thompson, J.M., Cooper, R.A., Gupta, G., Brémault-Phillips, S., Dentry, S.J.

Canadian Journal of Surgery. 61 (6 suppl 1):S219-S231

Smith-MacDonald, L.A., Morin, J.S., Brémault-Phillips, S.

Frontiers in Psychiatry. 9

Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., Scarcella, F., Cherwick, T.

Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10

Parmar, J., Torti, J., Brémault-Phillips, S., Charles, L., Chan, K., Tian, P.

Canadian Geriatrics Journal. 21 (4):292-296