Pamela Brett-MacLean, Ph.D.

Art & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program (AHHM), &
Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, 
1-001 Katz Group Centre, 
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E1

Phone: 780-492-0980

Pamela Brett-MacLean, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. She completed an Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program doctoral degree at the University of British Columbia in 2007. Her dissertation focused on creative aging and the emerging field of arts and health. She is currently director of the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) which supports a wide range of educational offerings and opportunities for community engagement.

Her research and educational contributions are focused on arts and health, medical/ health humanities, medical education, reflective practice, professional identity formation, and relational being (and learning), as well as patient-oriented research and narrative inquiry. Her current projects include “A Digital Collection of “Firsts” in Medicine: Promoting dialogue and reflection on early clinical experiences in support of student well-being during the clerkship years“(CPHI); “Addressing Moral Distress (Md): ‘Just Keep Breathing’ – A film-based resource directed to enhancing humanism” (APGF); and “See Me, Hear me, Heal me: Exploring patients’ experiences of head and neck cancer” (AIHS, and KIAS, UAlberta).

She co-directs and facilitates “Fostering Humanism and Professionalism,” a faculty development course for preceptors and residents. With the support of the Provost’s Office, and more recently the FoMD’s Office of Education, she works with David Diamond, artistic director of Theatre for Living (Vancouver, BC) in introducing theatre-based approaches to community dialogue and inquiry within the Faculty. She is a founding and continuing co-chair of the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) sponsored Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Medicine (AHSSM) Educational Interest Group, and co-director of the “White Coat, Warm Art” exhibit featured as part of the annual Canadian Conference on Medical Education.

Pamela Brett-MacLean Dissertation