Rebecca Barnstaple is currently the Manager of Community Programs and Engagement at Chigamik Community Health Centre in Midland, Ontario, a tri-cultural agency (english, french, anishnaabe) offering a range of programs and services from Traditional Healing to primary care, with a mandate to serve those who experience barriers to accessing healthcare.
Rebecca recently completed a PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at York University investigating the neurobiological effects of dance in health and disease. A graduate of the National Centre for Dance Therapy at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal (NCDT 2015), she also provides dance-therapy based programs for people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Chronic Pain, and provides education and training in dance therapy and dance interventions for the NCDT, Dance for Health Nova Scotia, and IMPROVment (Wake Forest University, North Carolina). Rebecca co-chairs the Certification and Accreditation committee of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada (DMTAC), and serves on the Research and Practice committee of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), the Research Group of the NCDT, and the Dance for Health committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science (IADMS). She leads the data analysis branch of the task force creating benchmarking standards for Dance and Health programs Internationally.