School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Congratulations all around to the very successful research efforts at SPOT. Under the leadership of Director of Research, Dr. Matthew Hunt, this year we can see terrific objective results of these efforts:
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Senior - Dr. Philippe Archambault
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Junior 2 - Dr. Matthew Hunt
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Junior 1 - Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine and Dr. Timothy Wideman
"Formations postdoctorales" - Livia Carvalho, Catherine Duclos and diana Zidarov

Published on: 26 May 2017

Stephen Clarke, Jessica Barudin, Matthew Hunt. (2016). Community Based Rehabilitation and Ethics: Eight Ethical Questions Arising from a Review of the Literature. Physiotherapy Canada. 68(2):197-205.

Link to article here.

Classified as: Global Health, rehabilitation, global health rehabilitation
Published on: 4 Feb 2017

This article points to the importance of not only structural features of whole-of-government approaches for NCD control but also the institutional culture and entrenched political and economic interests.

For more information and the article, see here.

Classified as: Global Health, Global Health Politics and Governance, GHRI
Published on: 4 Feb 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the Office 365 Portal Photo Contest!

The 3 photos that received the highest ratings were:

  •  Redpath Museum lit up at night in the snow, submitted by Vahid Ghorbanian
  •  Arts building with colorful trees and bikes in front, submitted by Hamed Rafezi
  •  Arts building with leaves on the ground, submitted by Reza Tadayon


These 7 photos receive honorable mentions:

Classified as: Photo Contest Office 365
Published on: 25 Nov 2016


Dr. Laurie Snider, Associate Director of SPOT and Associate Director of the Graduate Program has been named interim SPOT Director position!

Our former Director, Dr. Annette Majnemer is taking a leave from her position to enable her to focus all her energies to her key and strategic role as Vice-Dean, Education, at the Faculty of Medicine, a position she has held since January 2016. 

Published on: 18 Nov 2016


Dr. Sara Saunders, Associate Director of the OT Program at SPOT

…has been named Director of the Occupational Therapy Program, when the term of the current OT Director, Dr. Bernadette Nedelec ends, in Spring 2017.

Dr. Saunders is an occupational therapist whose clinical background involved working with individuals with work disability resulting from a musculoskeletal injury.  She has been the OT Associate Director since 2014.

Published on: 18 Nov 2016

Dr. Laurence Roy and Dr. Tim Wideman have both been re-appointed as full-time tenure-track Assistant Professors at SPOT for three-year terms. This marks an important milestone in their tenure-track trajectory, and highlights the excellence that both these scholars have achieved in their fields. Congratulations from all of us at SPOT!

Published on: 18 Nov 2016

Marie Brossard-Racine is the PI on a new project funded by La Fondation du Gran Defi Pierre Lavoie. The project is titled “Quantitative MRI: A novel biomarker for disease progression in the leukodystrophies.” More information can be found at:

Published on: 18 Nov 2016

Marie Brossard-Racine was recently awarded the Montreal Children’s Foundation HSBC Saving Children’s Brain Award. 

Published on: 18 Nov 2016

Prof. Liliane Asseraf-Pasin has been awarded the prestigious Prix d’excellence from the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec. This award highlights the motivation and participation of committed members and highlights the professionals that contribute in a special way to the advancement and recognition of the profession. More information can be found at: 

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

Prof. Patricia Belchoir was awarded tenure at SPOT, recognizing her excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

IT Services is looking to enhance our Office 365 portal login page with McGill campus-life photos.

The Office 365 portal (
<< shown here, is where hundreds of McGill people sign in daily to access email via Outlook on the web, OneDrive file storage, Yammer, Video @ McGill, and other free services for McGill students, faculty and staff. 

What better way to showcase your talent and attract recognition from the whole McGill community?

Classified as: Photo Contest Office 365
Published on: 20 Oct 2016

Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) president-elect, Sarah Marshall, recently opened a new exhibit at McGill’s Maude Abbott Medical Museum. ‘Sparks and Waves: The use of electricity, light and sound in physiotherapy’ explores the history and evolution of these techniques in therapy. The exhibit displays machines housed in the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy during the mid 20th century. The exhibit opened September 28th, and is a permanent exhibit at the Museum.

Published on: 3 Oct 2016

In  early September, SPOT faculty, staff, and students participated in a Wellness Welcome Walk. With the goal of highlighting the importance of physical activity and socialization in health and wellbeing, the group headed up the Mountain for a lovely end of summer walk. Refreshments were served afterwards. Keep your eyes and ears open for future activities!

Published on: 3 Oct 2016

McGill University’s SPOT has partnered with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG to become a FIFA Centre of Excellence. The appointment underlines our current strengths in areas related to the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and the rehabilitation in soccer players. I will allow us to consolidate our strengths while promoting the most popular sport in the world. More information can be found at:

Published on: 23 Sep 2016