Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Debbie Laliberte Rudman

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), is an Associate Professor and Faculty Scholar in the School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. She completed a PhD in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests relate to the occupational lives of aging adults; that is, to understanding contextual and personal influences on what people do as they age and the implications of occupation for identity, community participation, health and well-being. More broadly, in her work, she has applied critically-oriented theoretical and methodological approaches to examine how occupations of individuals and collectives, are situated within socio-cultural, political, economic, and historical conditions. In relation to Indigenous research, Dr. Rudman has had opportunities to work in partnership with other IDI members, as well as several London-based Indigenous community organizations, on a project addressing First Nation youths engagement in post-secondary education. She also headed up a Faculty of Health Sciences Aboriginal Education Task Force that aimed to enhance opportunities for Aboriginal learners. Dr. Rudman’s teaching focuses on qualitative methodologies, critical social theory and scholarly practice.