Dr. Katherine Harman

Dr. Katherine Harman

BSc (PT) (Toronto), MSc (Ottawa), PhD (Carleton)

Office: Room 406, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-8820
Email: k.harman@dal.ca

Research interests: Dr. Harman's research interest is in the study of pain from prevention of chronicity to the management of chronic pain – a recurring research theme throughout her career. Her current focus of research is the use of psychological techniques to enhance patient outcomes. The impact of a positive health care provider / patient interaction, or therapeutic alliance has been clearly shown in recent clinical research findings. Dr. Harman is studying what makes up this alliance and how people on both sides of the relationship experience it. Through this better understanding, we can learn to optimize the professional relationship, leading to enhanced therapeutic benefit of the intervention being provided.

Examining Current Practice with Patients Experiencing Pain
Dr. Harman uses qualitative approaches to gather data on what treatment is provided and to examine practice patterns of rehabilitation specialises in the delivery of care to patients experiencing pain. With a focus on the development of the therapeutic alliance with patients, Dr. Harman is examining the use of psychological techniques, the establishment of rapport and the fostering of self-management skills in patients with painful conditions.
She is currently supervising two graduate students:
Peter Stilwell - Ph.D. (Health) cand.
Amy Fortin-Barrette – M.Sc (RR) cand.

Aboriginal Children's Hurt & Healing Initiative (ACHH)

Dr. Harman is a co-investigator (PIs:  Dr. Margot Latimer and Sharon Rudderham) with a broad partnership of Mi'kmaki community leaders, clinicians, Elders, researchers from Dalhousie University, University New Brunswick, the IWK Health Centre and others (see website for full description of initiative: www.achh.ca).

Dr. Harman is a co-investigator (PI: Dr. Sheri Price) with an interprofessional research project that is exploring early interprofessional socialization within the health professions (physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, medicind and nursing) with the view of understanding how students are prepared for collaborative practice.