Carla completed her undergraduate degree in history at Harvard University in 1985, and her M.Ed. in applied psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in 1993. Carla worked for close to 20 years as a clinician, consultant, speaker, and trainer in Toronto, specialising in the full spectrum of body image concerns including eating and weight problems, the impacts of sexual, physical, and medical trauma on embodiment, and diverse non-weight related issues surrounding appearance and bodily difference. In 2004, Carla received her Ph.D. from York University where she won an award for her thesis, Becoming Women, a collection of narratives of diverse women describing how they came to be in their bodies. Currently, Carla serves as a faculty member at three Canadian Universities, York University, University of Toronto, and the University of Guelph.
Carla�����s community accomplishments and service include the development of the Body Image Project at Women’s College Hospital, a unique therapeutic approach for girls and women, and the Embodying Equity Project, an innovative program designed to prevent body image problems through changing school cultures and curricula. She served as former head of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (1989-1991) and as the national organizer for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (1989-1991). Carla’s community engagement continues with her role as director of Project Re•Vision @ REDLAB, a mobile media lab engaged in ground-breaking work to give expression to marginalized groups and re-imagine disability and bodily difference.
Carla’s current research and community work involves using creative, arts-based approaches to explore diverse people’s images and narratives of body and identity across their life-spans. For example, through combining narrative with art-making methods, women, men, and trans people are encouraged to use to their creative capacities to envision new meanings of difference and disability.
For her outstanding work, Dr. Carla Rice has received awards and honours including the Mary McEwan Memorial Award and a nomination for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award.