Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at University of Toronto.

I’ve been Chair since January 2015, and I was drawn to this department because of the tremendous opportunities it provides to advance physiotherapy.  Within our community, we embrace four cornerstones of excellence.

Darlene Reid presenting to students in a classroom
First, our teaching faculty is extremely dedicated, hardworking and shares a depth of clinical expertise with our students. Our curriculum blends various delivery methods, including large and small group learning opportunities that address problem solving, case based integration, simulations, and integrated clinical days that are interspersed among classroom teaching.  The classroom blocks are complemented by 28 weeks of clinical internships.

Second, our clinical community is unrivalled by their commitment to student teaching and learning, both in the classroom and during student internships. With 6.5 million people in the greater Toronto area, and the location of our University in the heart of the city, we are provided great access to many centres that provide a high degree of specialty.  The depth and breadth of clinical proficiency amongst our 208 clinical affiliated sites is unparalleled. Our clinical community is deeply committed to providing state-of-the-art physiotherapy patient care.

A third cornerstone is the quality of our students. They have established an unrelenting tradition of distinction, embodied by academic excellence, volunteerism and a pride in their alma mater that carries through their clinical careers. Our students are passionate, striving to advance the profession and to improve the health of Canadians.
Last but not least, are the illustrious accomplishments of our research faculty and trainees. Six faculty hold career salary awards and two are fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  We have the highest number of publications and citations among peer institutions in Canada and internationally.  Our diverse faculty research interests include studies of biological processes and behaviour, the development of new treatments and instruments, analyses of treatment effectiveness and health services, knowledge translation, and evaluation of educational practices.

The Department of Physical Therapy is a thriving community with unprecedented opportunities for students, faculty, and clinicians. I welcome you to learn more about our Department as you browse our website, and encourage you to email our staff and faculty for further details.



Darlene Reid

W. Darlene Reid, BMR (PT), PhD
Chair and Professor
Department of Physical Therapy