Patti is a Metis researcher and mother originally from St. Paul, Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Masters of Science in Family Ecology and Practice, in the Department of Human Ecology. Research Patti has been involved in includes: a cost-benefit study of the Hollow Water First Nation Community Holistic Circle Healing Program; the development of a pre- and post-test for participants in the In Search Of Your Warrior Program for Violent Offenders; a longitudinal homeless youth project and a three year Aboriginal Rights Research Program. She has also been part of the development of healing program curriculum for NCSA.
Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson has a PhD in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience (2009) and a Master of Science in Family Ecology and Practice (2001). She has worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta for 16 years and is currently the Director of Research, Training and Communication. Patti has been the principle or co-investigator on many community-based, applied research projects within the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community in Canada, including: Costs Benefit Analysis of the CHCH program for sex offender rehabilitation in Hollow Water First Nation; Alberta Aboriginal Legal Educations Needs Survey (2007); An investigation into the Sacred Relationship between Aboriginal People and Water (current) and the Aboriginal Administration of Justice Survey (2011).
Dr. LaBoucane-Benson has led the development, facilitator training and implementation of healing program curriculum for Aboriginal offenders for NCSA and is the Managing and General Editor of the international periodical “Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health Research”.