College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Department of Physical Therapy
Room R131 - 771 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6
Primary Health Care Cluster (coordinator)
Dr. Patty Thille uses social scientific theories and qualitative methodologies to study how we deliver health services and educate health professionals. A core emphasis of her work is addressing inequities - avoidable disparities in health that exist due to stigmatization and discriminatory practices and policies. Her focus is on primary care, rehabilitative practice, and chronic disease management. Her programs of research address:
She aims to do work that is relevant to both sociological and primary care audiences.
Dr. Patty Thille is a research-intensive assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.
Dr. Thille is a physiotherapist, sociologist, and feminist who has many questions about why we do what we do in health care. After training and working as a clinician in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she pursued further training in the social sciences. Her MA and PhD used a range of qualitative methods to help highlight how weight stigma is embedded in health care. Her graduate work was funded by SSHRC (MA), CIHR (PhD), and the Killam Trusts (PhD). She continues this work, now using community-engaged methods and intersectional approaches to study how to disrupt stigmatizing and discriminatory practices.
Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, she held the Currie Fellowship (2015-2017) for post-doctoral work at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, followed by a brief fellowship at the Bloorview Research Institute.
She has published in leading journals such as Social Science & Medicine, the CMAJ, and Advances in Health Sciences Education.
Dr. Thille was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal and Senate Medal of Distinction for her MA, and an Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the Canadian Sociological Association for her PhD.