Empowerment and environment research axis


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Assistant Professor
School of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke



Postdoctorate in Public Health (Health Promotion)
Ph.D. Clinical Science (Rehabilitation)
M.Sc. Clinical Science (Geriatrics)
B.Sc. Occupational Therapy

Research Themes

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Research Relevance

Quebecers aged 65 and older currently make up 14% of the province's overall population, a proportion above that observed throughout Canada and which is expected to double within the next 25 years. Of this population aged 65 and older, 42% have physical impairments or diminished functional independence. The loss of functional independence can limit social participation, meaning a decrease in daily activities, in social roles, and in quality of life. Clinical and population research focuses on the improvement of the social participation and the quality of life of older adults, particularly those with diminishing independence.

At the CSSS-IUGS's Research Centre on Aging (CdRV), two of the three research axes - "Clinical" and "Society, Populations and Services"- have researchers working together on the topic of social participation. Researchers at the CdRV are currently working on developing a research team in health promotion. These groups and the proximity of the CdRV to the CSSS-IUGS ensure not only the development of innovative research projects, but also the swift transfer of research results to the clinical environment, thus benefiting older adults, workers, and researchers in this field, as well as public health decision-makers and populations.

Prof. Mélanie Levasseur puts her expertise in health promotion and rehabilitation to good use in order to improve the social participation and quality of life of older adults. As part of her research program, Prof. Levasseur is working from a perspective of health promotion with an aim to increasing personal and collective well-being based on a growing body of evidence that social participation has a positive impact on health and quality of life. In addition to actively participating in research at the Research Centre on Aging, Prof. Levasseur collaborates with many researchers, including some with the interdisciplinary research in health assessments axis at the Étienne-Le Bel Research Clinic at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke.

Representative Achievements

  • Administration, as either main candidate or co-investigator, of funds exceeding $200,000 from various funding organizations.
  • Management, coaching and mentoring experience with 10 research assistants and 12 graduate students.
  • Publication of at least 9 articles as primary author and 5 others as secondary author; presentation of at least 35 scientific communications, 10 of which as a guest lecturer.

*As of August 1, 2010.


  • Expertise in health care promotion and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Mixed methodology; Qualitative mechanisms; Longitudinal follow-ups; Broad literary surveys; Health geomatics; Translation of measuring instruments; Theoretical and conceptual work
  • Research topics: Social participation; Quality of life; Health promotion programs; Life balance; Empowerment; Client-centred practices; Adaptation strategies; Functional independence

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