Full Professor, Applied Human Sciences
Arts-informed research events and products
Curation and exhibition for research knowledge dissemination
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
AHSC 620 Individual Learning and Change
AHSC 698 Masters Project
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/
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/
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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