About me



The picture on the welcome page and header of this website is of Keleti railway station in Budapest, which I took a few moments before we made our way to our next destination; I feel we are always on a train in one way or another, moving forward day-to-day with open hearts.

A few years ago, I decided to pursue a PhD in health promotion at the Université de Montréal‘s School of Public Health, after having practised as a clinical pharmacist in the hospital setting for almost a decade. I felt too comfortable doing my job and wanted a challenge, and I saw the PhD as a process of self-discovery, a way to “find my voice”. I am also deeply interested and curious about the human experience, and particularly our relationship to objects, namely drugs. For my doctoral project, under the direction of Johanne Collin (Faculty of Pharmacy) and Vinh-Kim Nguyen (School of Public Health), I am exploring the contemporary use of prescription psychostimulants, such as Amphetamine or Methylphenidate. I take a social science perspective and have written about this here.

This website is a means to step out into the light and share, discuss, and engage with regard to my research, as well as other topics of interest, such as the PhD process itself (which can be quite lonely at times), writing, productivity, technology, and the arts.

Here are a few extra “rapid fire” elements about me: I’m from Montreal, Quebec, and French is my first language / to pronounce my last name in English just think “robe-ee-tail”, that sort of gets it right:) / if I had to bring a book with me on a desert island it would probably be something by Haruki Murakami, Junot Diaz, or Teju Cole.

To get in touch, write to: email@carolinerobitaille.net

or leave a reply:)


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