Lilian Magalhᾶes was born in Rio de Janeiro but lived in Campinas, Sao Paulo, for 23 years. Dr Magalhᾶes holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Campinas, UNICAMP. She has an extensive experience with the Mental Health system in Brazil as an occupational therapist and as a health manager and consultant. Dr Magalhᾶes was the president of the Brazilian Association of Occupational Therapists for 4 years.
While in Brazil Dr Magalhᾶes had the chance to work with participatory and art based approaches and that experience has been extended in Canada, where she has been living for 6 years. She spent a year in Toronto for her post doctoral training at the Institute for Work and Health. She is an associate professor at the UWO. In Canada she has been an advocate for a better understanding of cultural and political components in health care.
In partnership with Dr Denise Gastaldo, from the University of Toronto, she develops a CIHR funded research project looking at the working conditions of Latin American undocumented workers. Dr Magalhᾶes maintains close ties with Brazil, where she often teaches, offers mentorship to graduate students, and has projects in the area of health equity, gender, and racism.