September 21, 2023
Laurence Roy, erg., OT, PhD, is the 2023 recipient of the Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prize. This award is named for the McGill alumna who was the first Black woman elected to a provincial legislature in Canada and recognizes a faculty member from the Schools of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing and Physical and Occupational Therapy demonstrating outstanding scholarly potential and research excellence in the early stages of their career.
Congratulations Dr. Roy!
Dr. Roy is an occupational therapist, Associate Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and a researcher at the Douglas. Her research program aims to enhance our understanding of the factors that lead individuals with mental illness to experience stigmatization, precariousness and social exclusion.
Her research contributions have been key in supporting communities in identifying, developing, evaluating and implementing interdisciplinary and cross-sector practices that explicitly focus on long-term community integration for persons with severe mental health problems as well as those experiencing multiple and intersecting discrimination, such as those who identify as Indigenous.
She currently leads AMONT, a multi-site longitudinal follow-up study examining the housing situation and risk of homelessness among new mental health service users in seven Quebec sites. Prof. Roy worked with the Quebec Ministry of Health by serving on the Comité de suivi de l’évaluation des projets de Stabilité résidentielle avec accompagnement (2018-21) and the Comité scientifique, Réalisation du Portrait d’itinérance au Québec, Direction des dépendances et de l’itinérance (2017-20).
Dr. Roy will receive this prize at a special awards ceremony this Fall.