Dean's Biography


Hélène Perrault, Ph.D.

Full Professor and Dean
Room : RGN 3028B
Phone : (613) 562-5800 ext. 5603
Fax : (613) 562-5443 

Dr. Hélène Perrault is Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  

She has previously served in several university administrative positions at McGill University, namely Dean of the Faculty of Education (2008-2013), Associate Provost (Planning and Budgets) (2006-2008) and Department Chair, Kinesiology and Physical Education (1999-2006).

Holder of a Exercise Physiology (1983) from the Université de Montréal, she held academics positions in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as well as in the Department of Medicine as Medical Scientist in the (Respiratory Clinical Research Unit (RECRU) of the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and as an Associate Member of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Throughout her various roles at McGill University, Dr. Perrault has been instrumental in the implementation of major undergraduate and graduate academic program revisions, administrative reforms, academic renewal initiatives as well as fostering cross-disciplinary interactions across several University faculties. She served as McGill senator between 2001 and 2005, contributed actively to several subcommittees of Senate and has chaired or served on numerous University academic, selection and administrative committees.

A past-president of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (1993-1996), Dr. Perrault has pursued a research career in Clinical Exercise Physiology, first as a research associate in the Department of Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine of Ste-Justine Pediatric Hospital and since 2000 as a Medical Scientist in the Respiratory Division of the MUHC at the Montreal Chest Institute. Dr. Perrault has, and continues to foster academic and research collaborations between exercise sciences and medicine for health promotion, advancement of knowledge, and the development of therapeutic modalities and applications. Through funding as principal or co-investigator from several national and provincial granting agencies she has contributed to a large number of scientific publications and has supervised the work of numerous graduate students, which focused primarily on the physiology and/or the functional repercussions of chronic heart or lung disorders. She has maintained research activities throughout her various administrative roles and continues to be an active member of the RECRU and to collaborate with researchers in France, at the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) and at the Université d’Auvergne (Clermont- Ferrand).

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