Brenda Mori, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Brenda Mori

Associate Program Director, Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs, Associate Professor, Continuing Teaching Stream

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Fax:         416-946-8562



Brenda Mori (Associate Professor, Teaching Stream) is the Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and leads the clinical education curriculum for the Entry level MScPT degree program. She graduated from U of T with a BScPT degree and an MSc and PhD degree with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. She is also the Program Lead for the Education Scholars program with the Centre for Faculty Development, at Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael’s Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. Brenda led the development of the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance (ACP) for physical therapy students during clinical education and is currently working on developing the ACP 2.0.

Miller E, Mori B, Nonoyama M, Vaza P, Brooks D. Assessing the content validity of the Physical Therapy Competence Assessment for Airway Suctioning (PT-CAAS) in chronic and community care settings. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. 2021 Feb 8:1-9.

Hall M, Mori B, Norman K, Proctor P, Murphy S, Bredy H. How Do I Choose a Job? Factors Influencing the Career and Employment Decisions of Physiotherapy Graduates in Canada. Physiotherapy Canada. 2020 May 23(aop):e20190059.

Mori B, Coleman J, Knott K, Newman K, O’Connor A. Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Practice Tutor Internship Model during an Acute Care Clinical Internship. Physiotherapy Canada. 2020 72(2), pp.177-191.

Miller E, Brooks D, Mori B. Using Expert Consensus to Develop a Tool to Assess Physical Therapists’ Knowledge, Skills, and Judgement in Performing Airway Suctioning. Physiotherapy Canada. 2020 72(2), pp.137-146.

Miller EK, Beavers LG, Mori B, Colquhoun H, Colella TJ, Brooks D. Assessing the Clinical Competence of Health Care Professionals Who Perform Airway Suctioning in Adults. Respiratory Care. 2019 Jul 1;64(7):844-54.

So OW, Shaw R, O’Rourke L, Woldegabriel JT, Wade B, Quesnel M, Mori B. Clinical Instructors’ Experiences When Working with and Assessing Students Performing below Expectations in Physical Therapy Clinical Internships. Physiotherapy Canada. 2019: 71(4): 391-9.

Mori B, Quesnel M, Wojkowski S. Students’ Perspectives on Their Experience in Clinical Placements: Using a Modified Delphi Methodology to Engage Physiotherapy Stakeholders in Revising the National Form. Physiotherapy Canada. 2019: 71(4): 368-381.

DeBoer S, Dockx J, Lam C, Shah S, Young G, Quesnel M, Ng S, Mori B. Building successful and sustainable academic health science partnerships: exploring perspectives of hospital leaders. Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2019 Mar;10(1):e56. 

Yeldon J, Wilson R, Laferrière J, Arseneau G, Gu, BSc S, Hall M, Norman KE, Yoshida K, Mori B. Let's Talk about the Talk: Exploring the Experience of Discussing Student Performance at the Mid-and Final Points of the Clinical Internship. Physiotherapy Canada. 2018 Aug;70(3):240-8.

Mori B, Norman KE, Brooks D, Herold J, Beaton DE. Evidence of Reliability, Validity and Practicality for the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance. Physiotherapy Canada 2016: 68(2):152-169

Mori B, Norman KE, Brooks D, Herold J, Beaton DE. (2016). Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance: Face and Content Validity. Physiotherapy Canada.2016: 68(1): 64-72.

Onyura, B., Baker, L., Millar, B-A., Ng, S., & Mori, B. "A mandala of faculty development: using theory-based evaluation to explore contexts, mechanisms and outcomes." Advances in Health Sciences Education (2016): 1-22.

Mori B, Brooks D, Norman KE, Herold J, Beaton DE. Development of the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance: A New Tool to Assess Physiotherapy Students' Performance in Clinical Education. Physiotherapy Canada. 2015 Aug;67(3):281-9.

Mori, B., Carnahan, H., & Herold, J. Use of Simulation Learning Experiences in Physical Therapy Entry-to-Practice Curricula: A Systematic Review. Physiotherapy Canada. 2015: 67(2), 194-202.

Ahluwalia P, Cameron D, Cockburn L, Ellwood L, Mori B, Nixon SA.  Analyzing International Clinical Education Practices for Canadian Rehabilitation Students BMC Medical Education.2014, 14:187 DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-187 

Anderson C, Cosgrove M, Lees D, Chan G, Gibson BE, Hall M, Mori B.  What Clinical Instructors Want: Perspectives on a New Assessment Tool for Students in Clinical Education.  Physiotherapy Canada 2014; 66(3);322–328; doi:10.3138/ptc.2013-27

Mori B (2013) Clinician’s Commentary of Perceptions on the essential competencies for intraprofessional practice by Jelley W, Larocque N, Borghese M. Physiother Can. 2013;65(2):152-53.

Norman KE, Booth R, Chisholm B, Ellerton C, Jelley W, MacPhail A, Mooney PE, Mori B, Taipalus L and Thomas BK. Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Student Placements across Regions in Ontario: A Descriptive Comparison. Physiotherapy Canada 2012; advance online article; doi:10.3138/ptc.2011-63

Montuno E, Davidson A, Iwasaki K, Jones S, Martin J, Brooks D, Gibson BE and Mori B. Academic Dishonesty among Physical Therapy Students: A Descriptive Study. Physiotherapy Canada 2012; 64(3);245–254.

Lieff S. Baker L. Mori B. Egan-Lee E. Chin K. Reeves S. (2012) Who am I? Key influences on the formation of academic identity within a faculty development program. Medical Teacher. 34(3):e208-15, 2012.

Davies R, Yeung E, Mori B, Nixon S. (2012) Virtually Present: The Perceived Impact of Remote Facilitation on Small Group Learning Medical Teacher, 34(10):e676-e683.

 Mori B, (2011). Clinician’s Commentary of The Feasibility and Acceptability of Using a Portfolio to Assess Professional Competence by Miller PA & Tuekam R (Physiotherapy Canada Winter; 63(1): 86–87).

Crawford E, Biggar JM, Leggett A, Huang A, Mori B, Nixon SA, Landry MD. Examining international clinical internships for Canadian physical therapy students from 1997 to 2007. Physiother Can. 2010;62:261–273.

Mori B, Batty HP, Brooks D. The Feasibility of an Electronic Reflective Practice Exercise among Physiotherapy Students. Medical Teacher 2008; 30(8):e232-e238.

Miller A, Pace T, Brooks D, Mori B. Physiotherapy Internship: An Alternative Collaborative Learning Model. Physiother Can 2006;58:157-166.

Evans C & Mori B. Web-based diaries – windows to student internship feedback experiences. Medical Education 2005; 39:1169-1170.

Mori B, Lundon K, Kreder HJ. 13-Metre Walk Test Applied to the Elderly with Musculoskeletal Impairment: Validity Study. Physiother Can 2005;57:217-224.


Mori B, Kwan D, Hawa R, Panisko D, Batty H, Chien V, Egan-Lee E, Lieff S.  TLC-Teaching for Learning and Collaboration: A Multi-Professional Teaching Skills Program for Faculty Who Teach Health Professionals.  1st International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Toronto, Canada, 2011 (Podium Presentation)

Yeung E, Davies R, Mori B.  Facilitation by Distance: A Novel Method for Faculty Development and Student Learning.  1st International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Toronto, Canada, 2011 (Podium Presentation)

Baker L, Lieff, S, Mori B, Chin K, Reeves S.  Who Am I? Factors Contributing to the Formation of Academic Identity Within a Faculty Development Program.  1st International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Toronto, Canada, 2011 (Podium Presentation)

Brenda's research includes investigating clinical education student assessment, clinical education models of supervision, and reflection and learning portfolios.

Brenda teaches throughout the curriculum with leading the clinical component of the curriculum. She is also the co-lead for the PT Context and Practice theme in the renewed curriculum. In addition, Brenda is the Program Lead for the Education Scholars Program, a faculty development program for health professional educators with goals focussed on teaching excellence, education leadership, education scholarship and faculty development.

Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs and Associate Professor, Continuing Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy
Program Lead, Education Scholars Program, Centre for Faculty Development at Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael’s Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto