The INSPIRE team is honoured to be recognized by our community!

Rosemary Wedderburn Prize

The 2016 Rosemary Wedderburn Brown prize was awarded to Professor Sara Ahmed, Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. A three-time graduate of McGill University and an FRQS Senior Research Scholar, Professor Ahmed conducts research aimed at improving health outcomes for individuals with chronic disease. Her research includes studies that address the challenges of using patient reported outcomes (e.g. health-related quality of life, self-efficacy)  in chronic disease management programs, and the use of advanced psychometric approaches for improving the efficiency and value of outcome evaluations; that develop and evaluate the impact of chronic disease self-management interventions integrated into electronic personal health records (e.g. web-based asthma and COPD self-management applications); and that further knowledge exchange and transfer related to best practices for chronic disease management. Full story.

”I am humbled to have been selected to receive an award endowed in Rosemary Wedderburn Brown’s name,” says Professor Ahmed.

“Her work empowered individuals and communities to develop the skills and measures needed to increase their autonomy and self-determination.  For me, this resonates well with my research program that aims to support patient- centred health care for individuals living with chronic disease. Patient-centered care can be attained by coordinated collaboration between professionals and patients, and ensuring that patients receive the support they need to make decisions, and to participate actively in their own care.  Empowering patients is achievable using modern technologies and open minds to do things differently, in a way that respects patients’ needs and preferences.”

Sara Ahmed, Ph.D.


The Initiative for the Development of New Technologies and Practices in Rehabilitation