Louise Chartrand
Louise Chartand, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of respiratory therapy

Louise Chartrand has worked in various cities under many settings as a respiratory therapist. Since respiratory therapy was not considered at the university level, she had to choose another discipline.  In 2004, Louise went back to school to complete her undergraduate’s degree. Human behavior had always been at the centre of Louise’s interest which is why she pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology and anthropology. During that time, she really fell in love with the two disciplines and she decided to complete her master’s degree and doctorate’s degree in sociology. As she completed her master’s and doctorate’s degree, she was under the supervision of Julie Laplante, a medical anthropologist. Therefore, she has a rich interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to various subjects that are at the intersection of society and respiratory health.

Current Research Interests:

My research program can be summarized into three clusters:

  1. Respiratory Therapist: In this cluster, I would like to broaden the field for respiratory therapy. There is a lot of ground work that needs to be done in this area. I want the research to be done by respiratory therapists and for respiratory therapists.
  2. How to breath better: In this cluster, I would like to explore more ways to improve patient outcome, especially for those who have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disorder.
  3. Technology and Social Change: In this cluster, I would like to explore how respiratory specific technology has modified and changed interaction between humans and non-humans.


  • PhD sociology University of Ottawa (2018)
  • Master’s degree sociology University of Ottawa (2011)
  • Double Major specialization psychology and anthropology University of Ottawa (2009)
  • Respiratory Therapy Diploma La Cité collégiale (2001)

Areas of Special Interest 

  • Primary care
  • Chronic disorder
  • Indigenous health
  • STS
  • Hospital ethnography
  • Death and Dying
  • Palliative care
  • Teaching Fields - Research methods
  • Health communication
  • Interdisciplinary approach to Death and Dying


  • Chartrand, L. Individualism and the Decision to Withdraw Life Support. Societies 2018, 8, 117.

Louise Chartrand RRT PhD

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