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

Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy


Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - 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 the areas of medical rehabilitation; health, resilience, and well-being among military, veteran, public safety personnel and families; mental health, PTSD and moral injury among trauma-affected populations; complex needs and aging; evidence-based interventions (including use of innovative technology); system change and knowledge translation/implementation science/program evaluation.
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON 


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 (Funders: 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 (Government of Alberta)
  • Principal Investigator, COVID-19 Physical Distancing and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury: Solving Problems for Clients through Digital Health and Remote Mental Health Service Delivery (CIHR)
  • Principal Investigator, Worn down by "Wicked Moral Problems": Digitally-delivering a group moral injury intervention to frontline COVID-19 service personnel (Department of National Defence)
  • Principal Investigator, Addressing Moral Injury in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel: A Cross-sectional Pilot of Adaptive Disclosure Therapy (True Patriot Love)
  • Co-Investigator, Compromised Conscience: Towards Managing Moral Injuries in Public Safety Personnel (CIHR)
  • 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 (Government of Alberta)
  • Principal Investigator, Understanding cannabis use by Canadian Veterans and its impact on their health, well-being and quality of life (Alberta Innovates, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Mental Health Commission of Canada, CIHR)
  • Principal Investigator, Resilient Parents...Resilient Communities (RPRC)
  • Principal Investigator, Veteran Friendly Campus (Government of Alberta)

  • Mental health 
  • Resilience, happiness
  • 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)


Facilitating implementation of the Decision-Making Capacity Assessment (DMCA) Model: Senior leadership perspectives on the use of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) Model and frameworks
Author(s): Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., Charles, L., Roduta-Roberts, M., Mitra, A., Friesen, S., Moulton, L., Parmar, J.
Publication: BMC ResearchNote
Volume: 11
Issue: 607
Page Numbers: 1-10
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Recent Canadian efforts to develop population level pregnancy intervention studies to mitigate effects of natural disasters and other tragedies
Author(s): 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.
Publication: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Page Numbers: 1-7
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Reflections on recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of injured service members and veterans from a bio-psychosocial-spiritual perspective
Author(s): Besemann, M., Hebert, J., Thompson, J.M., Cooper, R.A., Gupta, G., Brémault-Phillips, S., Dentry, S.J.
Publication: Canadian Journal of Surgery
Volume: 61
Issue: 6 suppl 1
Page Numbers: S219-S231
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Spiritual dimensions of moral injury: Contributions of mental health chaplains in the Canadian Armed Forces
Author(s): Smith-MacDonald, L.A., Morin, J.S., Brémault-Phillips, S.
Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: 1-7
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Spirituality and Moral Injury among Military Personnel: A Mini-Review
Author(s): Brémault-Phillips, S., Pike, A., Scarcella, F., Cherwick, T.
Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Volume: 10
Page Numbers: 276
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Supporting family caregivers of seniors within acute and continuing care systems
Author(s): Parmar, J., Torti, J., Brémault-Phillips, S., Charles, L., Chan, K., Tian, P.
Publication: Canadian Geriatrics Journal
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 292-296
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