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Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Research Interests

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Skye Barbic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she completed her second postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Barbic completed her first postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, where she developed a comprehensive measure of personal recovery for people with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia.

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Dr. Barbic is a registered occupational therapist with a clinical sub-specialist interest in the rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness. Her clinical training was at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and she completed her doctoral studies at McGill University. She has taught courses in occupational therapy and supervised students at the University of Toronto, McGill, Queen’s, and UBC. Dr. Barbic is passionate about her profession and her goal is to promote the role of occupational therapists as evidence-based leaders in mental health rehabilitation and beyond.

Dr. Barbic has three main areas of research. First, she is interested the development, testing, and application of patient-reported outcome measures for use in clinical practice. She is currently working on four projects understanding how best to measure Personal Recovery, Quality of Life in Youth, Analytical Rumination, and “Function” in people who experience mental illness or mental health problems.

Her second area of research is on the community integration and personal recovery of youth with mental illness. Central to this area is the development and testing of supported employment and personal recovery programs for youth with mental illness. Last but not least, Dr. Barbic’s third area of focus relates to understanding quality of life and functional outcomes of adults and youth with mental illness who experience homelessness or reside in single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The general aim of this project is to better inform the provision of health care and housing among this population. She is specifically studying the impact of social determinants of health on the trajectories of functional outcomes amongst this group, and hopes to shed light into the important role for occupational therapy in supporting individuals living in SROs so that they can optimize their personal recovery and quality of life.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver