School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Excellence in research and teaching is the foundation and tradition of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, situated on McGill University's upper campus in a gracious downtown area of the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec.The Faculty educates rehabilitation professionals and, through research, generates the body of knowledge which guides our professions to advance the health, function and participation of the individual in society. Welcome to the School!
SPOT in the News
Hosmer House Renovations
Congratulations to SPOT students for playing as hard as they study! For the second year in a row, McGill has won the OTPT Games… and we get to host the Games in 2015… watch out!
Congraulations, Dr. Marc Roig
Dr. Marc Roig
...for his recent quotes in Le Journal du Dimanche of January 12, 2014.
Please see the enclosed document for the article on page 22 of the Science Section, written by science writer, Anne-Laure Barret, “Le Sport, bon pour le cerveau”
Félicitations – felicitaciones – felicitacions!
Congratulations, Dr. Patricia Da Cunha Belchior
Dr. Patricia Da Cunha Belchior
…has secured funding from the Drummond Foundation for her project, “Home-based cognitive intervention to improve functional autonomy in individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.”
...and she has secured competitive funding from Alzheimer's Association International for her study, "Sustaining and retraining attention in individuals with mild cognitive impairment". Patricia is the PI on this project.
Congratulations, Dr. Annette Majnemer
Dr. Annette Majnemer
Director and Associate Dean
… has won a CIHR grant (and is principal investigator) for a project entitled: “Partnering to promote healthy living through leisure participation for children and youth with disabilities – CHILD Leisure-Net”
... she has also won CIHR funding as principal investigator on the study, “PROMPT Identification of cerebral palsy: Primary-care Referral Of Motor-impaired children; Physician Tools”. Other SPOT researchers include: Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. André Bussières, and Dr. Laurie Snider.
Congratulations, Dr. Raphael Lencucha
Dr. Raphael Lencucha
OT program at SPOT
...has won a grant (and is principal investigator) for a study entitled, “Canada’s tobacco additives’ ban at the intersection of politics, ethics and public health”
The Nature of Things Segment
SPOT graduate student Myriam Villeneuve and her research on the use of music in stroke rehab, were featured in a recent episode of The Nature of Things. This TV show is an exploration of things scientific, hosted by internationally renowned popular scientist, David Suzuki. Myriam’s supervisors are SPOT professor, Dr. Anouk Lamontagne, and Concordia’s Dr. Penhune.
Follow the link to see the full episode. Myriam’s segment is featured close to the 35-minute mark.
Congratulations, Dr. Sara Ahmed
The Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre (CLRC) is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Sara Ahmed as Site Director for the CRIR (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of Greater Montreal)-CLRC research site.
Dr. Ahmed is a graduate of McGill University, where she obtained a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2004 and completed Post-doctoral Studies in Clinical and Health Informatics, Medicine, in 2007. Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) of McGill University, she is a full member of the CRIR-CLRC research site. Dr. Ahmed is the recipient of a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.
Dr. Ahmed’s research interests are focused on chronic disease management; in particular the challenges of using patient-reported outcomes in treatment programs and the impact of computer-enabled self-management interventions. She is also interested in the use of advanced psychometric approaches for improving the precision and efficiency of outcome evaluations, and knowledge exchange and transfer related to best practices for chronic disease management.
Congratulations, Dr. André Bussières
The Scientific Director of REPAR-FRQS, Sylvie Nadeau informs SPOT that Dr. André Bussières was part of the winning team selected to evaluate knowledge translation for clinical care in traumatic brain injury.
He joins with Dr. Marie-Ève Lamontagne (ULaval), Dr. Dahlia Kairy (UdeM) and Dr. Cynthia Gagnon (USherbrooke) to study the strategies for knowledge translation use in clinical practice in traumatology, for persons affected by traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.
Congratulations from everyone at SPOT!
2013 Installation of Principal Fortier
Speech by Sophia-Maria Giannakakis, U3 Physical Therapy
"Bienvenue son Excellence, le très honorable David Johnston, le chancelier Arnold Steinberg et Madame la Principale et vice-chancelière Suzanne Fortier."
"Both the principal and the students are at a new starting point in their lives."
"Within our playful youthfulness lays serious scholars ready to contribute to the academic world as well as society as whole any which way we can."
"We are students eager to learn from amazing people and continue to learn for the rest of their lives because in the end, McGill students know that together 'by work, all things increase and grow'."
Homecoming 2013 was a great success!
Kay Wolofsky (Dip P&OT 1953) in her McGill SPOT jacket from 60 years ago:
Debbie Friedman (BSc PT 1983), inaugural winner of the Alumni Award of Merit, is pictured below with her family.
Pictured below are Dr. Heather Lambert and her father Mr. Stan Lambert in the newly inaugurated Lambert Suite, our adapted apartment.
Please follow this link for more pictures of this year's event.
Renovations continue in Davis House as evidenced by the elegant front entry-way.
See the progressive reconstruction of the Davis House patio in the photos.
Are you looking for SPOT classmates?
The School wants to help you reconnect with old classmates, network for career opportunities, and maybe even learn about SPOT's programs and newest research! The School wants to stay in touch with you, whether you are currently working in the field or not. Did you know that there are now more than 50 faculty members, 700 students, and 5 diplomas or certificates at McGill's SPOT? If you are on Facebook, please join the McGill SPOT group.
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