Dr. Deborah Butler
Dr. Deborah L. Butler received her PhD in educational psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1993. In 1994, she joined the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She is currently Professor in UBC’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education. Across a 10 year period (2003-2012), she served as Director for the Centre of Cross-Faculty Inquiry, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Associate Dean for Strategic Development, and Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty of Education. She is Past-President of the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology. Starting in 2013 Dr. Butler joined CHES as a scholar. She continues to enjoy opportunities to engage with colleagues interested in health professions education and related scholarship through that role.
Supported by multiple, sequential grants from Canada’s Tri-Councils (SSHRC), Dr. Butler’s research has influenced both research and practice internationally. Since joining UBC, she has published two books and over 40 influential articles and book chapters, presented over 60 refereed papers at national or international conferences, and produced over 100 research reports for educational partners and/or government. Her research advances understanding about strategic, self-regulated engagement in learning and practice, professional development processes, knowledge mobilization, inclusive and special education, and case study research methodology.