Dr. Rosemary C. Reilly, CCFE
Full Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Biography Teaching activities Publications Conference Presentations Arts-informed research events and products Research performances Curation and exhibition for research knowledge dissemination Research activities
After many years working with children in cooperative day care and nursery school settings, Rosemary C. Reilly went back to Concordia University in 1987 to obtain a certificate in Family Life Education. This certificate proved to be a turning point in her career, from working with young children to working with families and organizations. Dr. Reilly has been associated with Concordia University ever since both as a part-time faculty member, and since 2003, as tenure-track faculty. Her particular research interest is exploring the impact of using learning as a lever for change at an individual, organizational, or community level. As well, Dr. Reilly has presented and published in the areas of social creativity, the development of learning communities, trauma, and qualitative changes in thinking patterns as a result of collaboration in groups. She has presented at both national and international conferences and functions as a peer reviewer for several international journals, and a prestigious national conference. Dr. Reilly employs an experiential approach to learning, while emphasizing the whole person in this process-- the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual parts of the participant. She spends a portion of her time working with culturally diverse groups in schools, social service agencies, and community organizations.
PhD Educational Psychology [major: Instructional Psychology; double minor: Family Life Education and Gender in Education], McGill University, Montreal
MEd Educational Psychology [concentration: Human Relations and Family Life], McGill University, Montreal
Certificate in Family Life Education, Concordia University, Montreal
BA Double Major in Child and Abnormal Psychology, McGill University, Montreal
Impact of trauma on community
Arts-based research methodologies
Qualitative research methodologies
Post traumatic growth
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Contemplative practices in higher education
Participative or community-engaged research practices
Resilience as a creative response
Learning communities as complex systems
Transformative learning and change processes
Creative and innovative teaching
2015 Member Scholar Academic, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton;
2010 Member Scholar, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton
2009-2013; 2015 to present Affiliate member, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University;
2000 FRP Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Certified Family Educator
Awards and Appointments
2014 Provost Fellow award: For service to the University
2013-2014 Provost Fellow: Faculty Development, Women Faculty, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University
2012-2013 University Teaching Fellow, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University
2011 CCFE (emeritus) status: For significant contribution to the field of Canadian family life education, The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
2011 Recognition for Lifetime of Service to Family Life Education, Association of Family Life Educators of Quebec
2009 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University
AHSC 355 Foundations in Family Life Education
AHSC 510 Advanced Research Methods in Youth Work
on sabbatical January 1 to June 30, 2023
Recent refereed journals (selected)
Howard, A.-L.,, Manolson, S., Robertson, C., Trull, A., & Reilly, R. C. (2022). Living la vida loca: The ups and downs of learning in a cohort system. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 15(1), 98-116. https://doi.org/10.26209/td2022vol15iss11607
Reilly, R. C., Lee, V., Laux, K., & Robitaille, A. (2021). Creating doorways: Finding meaning and growth through art therapy in the face of life-threatening illness. Public Health, 198, 245-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.07.004
Reilly, R. C. (2021). Reclaiming my sister, Medusa: A critical autoethnography about healing from sexual violence through solidarity, doll-making, and mending myth. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 21(1), 80-87. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708620931132
Fitzpatrick, E., & Reilly, R. C. (2019). Special issue editorial- Making as method: Reimagining traditional and Indigenous notions of "craft" in research practice. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), i-xvi. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29464 Available https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/985321/
Reilly, R. C., Lee, V., Laux, K., & Robitaille, A. (2018). Using found poetry to illuminate the existential and posttraumatic growth of women with breast cancer engaged in art therapy. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 15(2-3), 196-217.https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2018.1429863
Reilly, R.C. (2013). Found poems, member checking and crises of representation. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art.30), 1-18. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss15/2
Reilly, R.C. (2011). "We knew her..." Murder in a small town: A hybrid work in three voices. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(7), 599-601. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800411413997 Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/7661/
Reilly, R.C., & D'Amico, M. (2011). Mentoring undergraduate women survivors of childhood abuse and intimate partner violence. The Journal of College Student Development, 52(4), 409-424. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2011.0046 Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/7797/
Reilly, R.C., Lilly, F., Bramwell, G., & Kronish, N. (2011). A synthesis of research concerning creative teachers in a Canadian context. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27, 533-542. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2010.10.007 Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/6933/
Recent refereed chapters (selected)
Reilly, R. C., & Kay, L. (2022). Getting back to a "new normal": Grief leadership after a fatal school shooting. In G. Crews (Ed.), Impact of school shootings on classroom culture, curriculum, and learning (pp. 113-139). IGI Global. https://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-5200-1.ch007
Reilly, R. C. (2020). The murder next door: Developing healing responses and building community following trauma using research-based theatre. In H. Mreiwed, M. Carter, & C. Mitchell (Eds.), Art as an agent for social change (pp. 44-54). Boston: Brill/Sense. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004442870_005
Reilly, R.C. (2015). Arts-informed learning methods in non-arts classroom: Creating multiple ways of knowing and increasing creative thinking in graduate education. In K. Coleman & A. Flood (Eds.), Capturing creativity: The link between creativity and teaching creatively(pp. 48-72). Champaign, IL: Common Ground. Corpus ID: 159031877 Available https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/983316/
Refereed Conference Abstracts
Lee, V., Finestone, J., Rossiter, H., & Reilly, R. C. (2018). When third spaces become therapeutic: The value of complementary therapies and the search for meaning in tertiary care cancer. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 5(1), 40-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v5i1.156
Reilly, R. C., Lee, V., Laux, K., & Robitaille, A. (2017). Creating doorways: Finding existential meaning and growth through the creative arts in the face of life-threatening illness. Creative practices for improving health and social inclusion (pp. 279-289). Published proceedings of the 5th International Health Humanities Conference. Seville, Spain: University of Seville. Available https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/983301/
Recent publications in professional periodicals (selected)
Reilly, R. C. (2010, Spring). The parent job description: An experiential family education activity. Play Parenting: FRP Canada Newsletter, p. 5.
Reilly, R. C. (2010, Winter). Traumatized neighborhoods and communities: How family educators can help. Play Parenting: FRP Canada Newsletter, pp. 1, 5-6. Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/6531/
Recent international peer-reviewed conference (selected)
Reilly, R. C. (2018, April). Using paper and cloth dolls to interrogate whiteness, gender, and professional identity in graduate education. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New York.
Lee, V., Finestone, J., Rossiter, H., & Reilly, R. C. (2017, October). When third spaces become therapeutic: The value of complementary therapies and the search for meaning in tertiary care cancer patients. Paper presented at the Second International Congress on Whole Person Care, Montreal.
Reilly, R. C. (2017, May). Embodying the work of my grandmothers: Data representation and reflection through doll-making. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference for Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
Reilly, R. C. (2016, October). The use of doll-making for interrogating and communicating data about difficult but courageous lived experiences. Paper presented at the Artful Inquiry Symposium 2016, Montreal.
Reilly, R. C. (2016, October). Spiritual mapping as a contemplative practice: Crafting direction towards service. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Amherst, MA.
Reilly, R. C., Lee, V., Laux, K., & Robitaille, A. (2016, September). Creating doorways: Finding existential meaning and growth through the creative arts in the face of life-threatening illness. Paper presented at the 5th International Health Humanities Conference, Seville, Spain.
Recent invited presentations (selected)
Reilly, R. C. (2018, December). The murder next door- A research-informed reader’s theatre performance: Developing local governmental responses and policies to trauma in communities. Invited presentation for the Brown Bag Lunch Research Seminar in the department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal.
Lee, V., Laux, K., Reilly, R. C., & Robitaille, A. (2018, April). Art therapy as an intervention for breast cancer patients: Clinical implications for improving quality of life. Invited presentation for the PERFORM Colloquium series, Concordia University, Montreal.
Reilly, R. C. (2017, August). Mind, body, brush: An introduction to the meditative process of Chinese / Japanese brush painting. A contemplative arts session for the 13th Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Learning in Higher Education, sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Mind in Society, Northampton, MA.
Reilly, R. C. (2017, August). Contemplative Poetry Writing: Tapping into our inner reality about teaching contemplative practices. A contemplative arts session for the 13th Annual Summer Session on Contemplative Learning in Higher Education, sponsored by The Centre for Contemplative Mind in Society, Northampton, MA.
Reilly, R.C. (2013, April). Family Creativity. Suzuki Family Conference, Ottawa, ON.
Reilly, R.C. (2011, April). Enriching your skills as a parent educator. FRP Canada National Conference, Montreal, QC.
Arts-informed research events and products
Us, connecting through art: Art, adversity, and resilience. (2018). A film describing a knowledge dissemination project about the use of art therapy in a tertiary cancer care centre. Available https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/985044/
Reilly, R. C. (2014, October). La Ruche d'Art: A hyper modal third space diary using arts-based methods. A film presented during the session Neighborhood art hives: Engaging communities in teaching and learning at the 15th annual conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Edmonton, AB.
Also shown at the The Expressive Therapies Summit, November 9th, 2014 in New York City. Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982343/
Reilly, R. C. (Ed.). (2017). Emergence from the rubble...: The found poems and artwork of women living through breast cancer engaging in art therapy (a chapbook). Montréal: Self-published. DOI: 10.11573/spectrum.library.concordia.ca.00982600 Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982600/
Reilly, R. C. (Ed.). (2017). Émerger des décombres…: Œuvres et poèmes retrouvés créations d’art-thérapie de femmes vivant avec le cancer du sein (a chapbook). Montréal: Self-published. DOI: 10.11573/spectrum.library.concordia.ca.00982602 Available http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982602/
The murder next door- A research-informed reader's theatre performance
January 10, 15, 17, 2020: Performed at 4thSpace at Concordia University, Montréal.
October 13, 2018: Performed at the Artful Inquiry Symposium 2018, Montréal.
Curation and exhibition for research knowledge dissemination
January to June 2018: An art exhibition about peace made by and for people who have been touched by cancer. In cooperation with CanSupport and RBC Art & Heritage Centre. Location: Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC.
Hope: The thing with feathers that perches in the soul
June to December 2017: An art exhibition about hope and resilience made by and for people who have been touched by cancer. In cooperation with CanSupport and RBC Art & Heritage Centre. Location: Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC.
L'Amour / Love: Love as a central part of our lives
February to June 2017: An art exhibition about love made by and for people who have been touched by cancer. In cooperation with CanSupport and RBC Art & Heritage Centre. Location: Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC.
The art of adversity
September to December 2016: Artwork made by and for people who have been touched by cancer. In cooperation with CanSupport and RBC Art & Heritage Centre. Locations: La Ruche D'Art, Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC, and the Benny Library.
As Primary Investigator
2016 The power of art to promote psychological and existential growth during adversity. SSHRC Connections grant.
Total awarded: $37,067; funds pledged from other sources $22,818.
2015 Third spaces as healing places: Promoting healing and resilience in individuals and in wider communities through art making. CHRCS research partnership grant.
Total awarded: $3500
2011-2012 The impact of arts-based management educational strategies on organizational consulting practices. Organizational Development and Change Endowment Fund: Academy of Management.
Total awarded: $1000.00
2006–2010 The impact of context and domain on the process of social creativity and expertise development. Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
Total awarded: $39,600.00.
2006–2009 Community resilience: Neighbourhood residents creating a livable balance after a traumatic event. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Total awarded: $53,971
2012-2013 Researching arts-based storefront learning: Teaching in community. VPRGS Stream 2 (Team) Seed Funding Program: Faculty of Fine Arts.
Total awarded: $12,080.00
2010-2012 Jeunes, agents multiplicateurs pour une culture environnementale dans le quartier Parc-Extension. Fonds des services aux collectivités, Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
Total awarded: $32,900.00.