School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

A first in a series of blog posts about an exciting new project led by a joint team from Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) in Tamil Nadu, India,  Handi-Care International and the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University.

Classified as: Global Health, global health rehabilitation, india, physiotherapy, disabilities
Published on: 30 Oct 2018

The 2018 Terry Fox Run: Another Inter-professional effort at McGill

By Jill Ranger, McGill Medicine student

Published on: 25 Sep 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Mills (L) and Johanne Bourdon (R) on both being recipients of the 2018 McGill Faculty of Medicine Ovations Awards!

The awards applaud the outstanding contributions of permanent administrative support staff and technicians from across the Faculty of Medicine, recognizing the distinction, hard work, determination, and dedication of the staff members. Thomas was awarded the Pam Chase Award and Johanne was awarded the Priyabrata Mukhopadhaya Award.

They will both be honoured at a special reception with Dean Eidelman on September

Published on: 4 Sep 2018

Dr. Barbara Mazer has been promoted to Associate Professor [Professional] in recognition for her excellence in teaching and clinical research!

Dr. Mazer’s research focuses on the rehabilitation of adults and children with neurological impairments; specifically, the factors associated with utilization of rehabilitation services, integration into the community, participation in leisure activities and use of transportation/driving.


Published on: 24 Jul 2018

David Anekwe (right) has received the McGill MedStar Award in recognition of the his excellence in research, specifically the study he completed and published, titled: “Effects of Pressure Support Ventilation May be Lost at High Exercise Intensities in People with COPD?” The paper was co-authored by Dr. Jadranka Spahija.

David Anekwe also successfully defended his PhD thesis on July 12! The title of his thesis was, “Early Mobilization of the Critically Ill.” 

Published on: 24 Jul 2018

Congratulations to SPOT CPA award recipients.

This year the Helen Saarinen Rahikka Student Leadership Award was awarded to PT M2 student Zachary Weber (right) for leading the inclusion of physiotherapy in Special Olympics Quebec. The award is presented to a student member who has demonstrated leadership and made outstanding contributions to the promotion of the profession.

Published on: 24 Jul 2018

Dr. Bernadette Nedelec has been named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence!

This honour is in recognition of her exceptional contributions to education in the Faculty of Medicine (School of Physical and Occupational Therapy).

Bernadette was honoured at the Faculty Honour List Symposium on June 14. 

Published on: 26 Jun 2018

The votes are in! Congratulations to the winners and all participants.

The 3 photos that received the highest ratings were:

  • McTavish Street facing toward the mountain, submitted by Deepak Sridhar
  • Redpath building evening, submitted by Steven Vieira
  • McTavish street looking toward downtown, also submitted by Deepak Sridhar

These 7 photos receive honorable mentions:

Classified as: Photo Contest Office 365
Published on: 26 Jun 2018

Both Aliki Thomas and Shawn Robbins have been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in recognition of their excellence in research, teaching, and service! Aliki teaches in SPOT’s OT program, while Shawn teaches in SPOT’s PT Program.

Congratulations to you both!


Published on: 26 Jun 2018

Dr. Laurie Snider has been named Director of McGill University’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT)!

As Associate Dean and Director, Laurie will continue to build on the work of strategic planning and budget allocation that she began as Interim Director. She will provide effective mentoring to faculty members at the various stages of their careers as well as promoting the environment of collaboration and interdisciplinarity that characterizes the School.

Congratulations from everyone at SPOT!

Published on: 26 Jun 2018

Palliative care in humanitarian crises: a review of the literature

A review by Elysée Nouvet, Mollie Sivaram, Kevin Bezanson, Gautham Krishnaraj, Matthew Hunt, Sonya de Laat, Stephanie Sanger, Laura Banfield, Pedro Favila Escobio Rodriguez and Lisa J. Schwartz.

Link to article here.

Classified as: Palliative Care, End-of-life, Humanitarian healthcare, ethics, Disaster response, conflict, Humanitarian crisis, Low-income country (LIC) settings, Global Health
Published on: 21 May 2018

McGill’s annual Bravo gala celebrates the ‘cream of the researcher crop’ at the university. Amidst the presence of many McGill research luminaries, Principal Fortier congratulated the successes of the prizewinners at an exceptional gathering of researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Published on: 8 May 2018

SPOT Professor Aliki Thomas has been selected as the 2018 winner of the McGill Faculty of Medicine Maude Abbot Prize. The award recognizes an outstanding female faculty member who excels in education, research, or administration with a focus on the early career stage.

Dr. Thomas was honored for her extraordinary productivity and passion for research in the development and assessment of advanced clinical competencies including evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, decision-making, and the development of professional expertise.

Published on: 8 May 2018

Great news for both faculty researchers and graduate students, as SPOT received a long list of FRQS awards in the most recent cycle!

Chercheurs-Boursiers: Junior 1 – Dr. Marc Roig, Junior 2 – Dr. Aliki Thomas, Dr. Dana Anaby

Programme Intersectoriel Audace: Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes

Post Doctoral Student Funding: Daniele Piscitelli (Dr. Mindy Levin), Elizabeth Tell (Dr. Isabelle Gagnon)

Published on: 8 May 2018

Dr. Bussières was recently awarded the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) 2018 Researcher of the Year Award at the CCA Conference in April.

The award “honours an investigator whose contribution has improved the clinical treatment of chiropractic patients and has demonstrated outstanding research achievements and advancement of new knowledge in their field of expertise.”

Published on: 8 May 2018


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