Julie Robillard PhD


Assistant Professor

Division of Neurology

Faculty of Medicine

Dr. ​Julie M. Robillard is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Scientist in Patient Experience at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital (C&W). She is an affiliated researcher with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and Vancouver Coastal Research Institute.

Dr. Robillard holds a PhD in Neuroscience and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Core for Neuroethics where she studied the quality and the ethics of eHealth and social media content about brain health.

As an Assistant Professor and Scientist, she now leads the leads the Neuroscience, Engagement and Smart Tech (NEST) lab and oversees a range of initiatives related to patient experience research at C&W. Dr. Robillard brings her background in neuroscience and biomedical ethics to the evaluation and development of novel technologies to support brain health across the lifespan. A particular interest of her research is the integration of emotion modelling in a wide range of technologies, from eHealth resources to mobile apps. More recently, she has secured one of the inaugural New Frontiers in Research grants to implement emotional alignment algorithms into social robotics. Together with her team and through international interdisciplinary collaborations, she is exploring co-creation processes, development and applications of social robots in both older adult and youth populations.

Dr. Robillard is passionate about patient engagement and in her role as a Scientist in Patient Experience she is working with a number of groups at C&W and UBC to advance the capture, analysis and improvement of patient experience in both research and care. She is interested in using technology to provide novel means of engagement and patient experience evaluation strategies.

Dr. Robillard holds provincial, national and international leadership roles: she is Chair of the Ethical, Legal, Social Impacts Committee of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, a member of the Technology and Dementia Executive Committee of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatments, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Development Centre of British Columbia, among others.


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