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Successes in 2016 set a high bar for 2017!

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Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy



Happy New Year!  As we embark on 2017, one of my new year’s resolutions is to be courageous in setting bold goals for the progress of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy in collaboration with faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders.  This work must build on our previous successes and address key areas that will support people and programs to move forward.  An important first step is to acknowledge what we accomplished in 2016 so that our goals go beyond what we have already achieved.  For this first blog of 2017, I wanted to highlight just a few of the School’s successes from 2016.  I have organized these highlights under the 4 pillars of the university’s strategic framework:





Student Learning Experience

  • Our graduating MScOT and MScPT students were offered a mock job interview session this past year to practice their interviewing skills. Volunteer therapists from our clinical community were the interviewers. The experience was well received and we are grateful for the engagement of local therapists in this experience.
  • The first cohort of students from our new Aging and Health program graduated this past fall. These trail-blazers were actively engaged in providing us with feedback on all aspects of the program, and their input has already been used to improve the program for the second cohort.
  • Students across all of our programs were involved in the delivery of 18 national and 4 international conference presentations in 2016. They were also authors or co-authors on 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Together, over 15% of our students were involved in scientific dissemination in 2016, which is great considering that less than 6% of our students are in research focused programs.

 Research Prominence

  • Over the course of 2016, our faculty were successful in obtaining 16 new, externally funded research grants.
  • In addition to these new grants, faculty continued work on an additional 56 funded grants already underway.

Financial Sustainability

  • We launched several new initiatives, continued to use resources wisely, and were able to maintain a balanced budget in 2016.


  • Over the past year, the School hosted international visitors (faculty and students) from Scotland, Australia, Ethiopia, and Japan. In addition, our faculty traveled to give lectures, engage in research collaborations, and participate in meetings in these countries as well as in Italy, UK, Sweden, Belgium, USA, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Brazil, and the Congo.
  • We attracted international students to study in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy from India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.
  • We sent OT and PT students to Tanzania, India, Australia, Germany, Costa Rica, Malta, Hong Kong, and Belize for clinical placement experiences.

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CAOT Conference 2017
Published Fri, May 26, 2017

As a Gold Sponsor of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy’s 50th Anniversary, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) was invited to write a feature piece for the School’s News Blog. We warmly thank CAOT for the contribution of this article, and for their generous support of the School in its 50th year.  **** Each year, CAOT’s Conference brings together … Continue reading

QEII Scholars Blog Series – “Surviving polio in Nigeria”
Published Thu, May 11, 2017

This article was contributed by Surajo Sulaiman, a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Science program. Surajo is a physiotherapist by training and throughout his career has worked as a clinician, primarily with persons with physical disabilities in Nigeria. Through his research, Surajo hopes to improve the quality of life of polio-survivors and other persons with disabilities in Nigeria. *** Poliomyelitis … Continue reading

Remembering Malcolm Peat
Published Thu, February 16, 2017

By: Dr. Marcia Finlayson, Director, School of Rehabilitation Therapy Over this past weekend, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Queen’s University Club to celebrate the life of Dr. Malcolm Peat, the former Director of the Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy and founder of the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR).  Malcolm died suddenly on … Continue reading

50th Anniversary Alumni Profile Project
Published Thu, February 2, 2017

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! In recognition of this special milestone, the School is publishing an online Alumni Profile Project. This series of alumni profiles will feature graduates from all of our programs, paying tribute to the diversity of experience, achievements, and contributions, of our alumni community. “Embracing the clinician-researcher role” Guest blog by Adeena … Continue reading

New Partnership to Develop Transformational Leaders in Ethiopia
Published Mon, January 16, 2017

One of the strategic priorities of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy is to make meaningful contributions to the work of our collaborators locally, nationally and internationally.  Today we are very pleased to announce that we have made a major step towards meeting this goal through a 10 year, USD$24.2 million partnership with Ethiopia’s University of Gondar and The MasterCard Foundation’s … Continue reading