Research & Community Partnerships

Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Interdisciplinary collaborations are a critical component of many of our research projects. Some of these collaborations have been project-specific, while others have been established around a common theme leading to several projects. Barbara Purves is a researcher with each of the interdisciplinary groups described below.

Aphasia Project

The Aphasia Project represents a multidisciplinary collaboration that began between psychology, computer science, and speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2002 and later expanded to include partners at Princeton University. The primary aim of the collaboration is to investigate how technology can be used to support individuals with aphasia in their everyday life. The project has evolved to include an emphasis on other groups (e.g., older adults without aphasia), but a focus on technology remains at the heart of this research.

Centre for Research on Personhood and Dementia

The Centre for Research on Personhood and Dementia is a trans-disciplinary research centre founded in 2004 at the University of British Columbia. The central focus of the centre is on understanding and supporting the personhood of people with dementia. The Centre received funding support from the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation from 2004 to 2010.

Community Partnerships

People Will Talk Aphasia Drop-In Group

People Will Talk is a self-management drop-in group for people with aphasia. Skip Marcella, who has lived with aphasia for nearly 10 years, established and leads the group, which meets once weekly at Raven Song Community Centre in Vancouver. Barbara Purves is a consultant to the group as needed, and several of the group members participate in research projects about aphasia.