Institute Director

ELIZABETH ‘ANNE’ KINSELLA, BScOT, MAdEd, PhD, is Director and Full Professor in the Institute of Health Sciences Education (IHSE), in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and associate member in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, at McGill University. Professor Kinsella holds a PhD in Education, a Master’s of Adult Education, and a BSc in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Kinsella was previously at Western University for 16 years, where she was Professor and Field Leader of the Health Professions Education Graduate Program; Professor of Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science; Affiliate Professor in Women’s Studies & Feminist Research; and a Centre Researcher in the Centre for Education Research and Innovation in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and in the Centre for Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Professor Kinsella’s interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on professional education, practice, and policy in health and social care professions, with interests in reflective/reflexive practices, conceptions of professional knowledge, epistemic justice, ethics, mindfulness, embodiment, and phronesis. Her work draws on theoretically informed interpretive and critical research methodologies in the qualitative tradition.

She has published over 100 articles and book chapters, written a workbook on Reflective Practice and Professional Knowledge, and edited three books: Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions; Mobilizing Knowledge: Critical Reflections on Foundations and Practices; and Embodiment and Professional Education: Body, Practice, Pedagogy. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She is currently Principal Investigator on a SSHRC funded project on ‘Mindfulness in the Caring Professions’, and co-investigator on a number of SSHRC and other research projects investigating health professions education, policy, and practice.

Current Research Interests:

Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education (HPE); Reflective/Reflexive Education and Practice; Practice-Based/Workplace Learning; Professional Knowledge Development; Embodiment in Professional Education; Mindfulness Education and Practice; Practice Wisdom/Phronesis; Ethics, Justice and Humanities in HPE; Hermeneutics; and Qualitative Research Methodologies.

Professor Kinsella's publications are available here: Google Scholar

Email: elizabeth.kinsella [at]

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