Dr. Mandy Archibald
As a carer, collaborator, artist and scientist, I create work to understand and communicate about the profound experiences of living with chronic illness. I work closely with other artists, patients, healthcare providers, and researchers from all disciplines to co-create strategies to address what matters most to people in their health and self-management, and to provide alternatives to dominant discourses in healthcare. I'm interested in using the arts as a place to dialogue between diverse knowledge systems, make meaning and aid dissemination.
I am an award winning cross-disciplinary artist and health science academic. I believe that art and science can and should work together, and am committed to exploring these intersections. My current work explores how the arts can be used to challenge dominant medical discourses and provide a humanizing dimension to medical research, within chronic illness contexts. The intersection of knowledge systems and the meaning making made possible through the arts is paramount to my investigations.
I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba (College of Nursing) and Research Scientist with the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). I hold studio space in the School of Art (University of Manitoba). My current work is funded by the Rady Innovation Fund, University Collaborative Research Grants Program, and the Australian Association of Gerontology. My recent postdoctoral research was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (research fellow) and Inspiring South Australia. I received my PhD from the University of Alberta in 2016, with support from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (Doctoral Award). I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction (2007).
I believe research methods not only help us understand the world but also help us shape the world. I explore how the arts informs both qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, and effective methods of science communication through the arts. I am a strong believer in cross-disciplinary practice and mentorship . If you are share these values and research interests as a person, collaborator, or prospective student, please get in touch.