School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

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

Do you have great shots of McGill campus-life? We're looking for new photos to feature on the Office 365 portal login page.

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

Classified as: Photo Contest Office 365
Published on: 1 May 2018

For someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the simple desire to grasp a glass of water can become an insurmountable task, made impossible by the tremors in their hand or arm. Finding strategies to improve these movement impairments is one of the major goals of rehabilitating people with Parkinson’s disease.

At McGill University, Dr. Marc Roig, an assistant professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT), is studying the effects of using high-intensity exercise to stimulate the brain’s ability to learn and change with repeated experiences.

Classified as: faculty of medicine research, Parkinson's disease, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Published on: 25 Apr 2018



By the Spotting PTSD team

Spotting PTSD is an evidence-informed toolkit for the prevention and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in first and emergency responders. The creation of the toolkit first began as a student-initiated master’s project and became a passion and clinical foundation for several team members.

Published on: 22 Mar 2018

Building sustainable fieldwork partnerships between Canada and India: Finding common goals through evaluation.

An article by Caroline Storr, Janna MacLachlan, Dinesh Krishna, Ramasubramanian
Ponnusamy, Donna Drynan, Carmen Moliner, Kristina McLaughlin, Susanne
Murphy, Megan Edgelow, Margaret Anne Campbell-Rempel, Ann Bossers,
Heidi Lauckner & Debra Cameron.

Link to article here.

Classified as: Global Health, global health rehabilitation
Published on: 12 Mar 2018

Canada’s global health role: supporting equity and global
citizenship as a middle power.
An article by Stephanie A Nixon, Kelley Lee, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, James Blanchard, Slim Haddad, Steven J Hoffman, Peter Tugwell

Link to article here.

Classified as: global health rehabilitation, rehabilitation, Global Health
Published on: 12 Mar 2018

Dr. Marc Roig has been awarded a CIHR grant in the Movement and Exercise category for his project, "Exercise intensisty matters: a window of opportunity to promote neurorecovery and cardiovascular health in stroke," Dr. Joyce Fung is a co-investigator, from SPOT.

Published on: 1 Mar 2018

Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes recently contributed an article to the online not-for-profit media platform, The Conversation. Her article, "How we can design the music of our emotions," was then explored in a live radio interview on CJAD 800.

Published on: 1 Mar 2018


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