Barbara Gibson Appointed to the Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies

Barbara Gibson HeadshotDr. Barbara Gibson, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Senior Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute has been appointed to the Bloorview Kids Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies. The research chair is funded by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation in a joint initiative with the University of Toronto.

Dr. Gibson is an experienced leader with a background in physiotherapy, bioethics, social science, and transdisciplinary scholarship. She is known internationally for her work in participation and inclusion, and holds adjunct research appointments in Canada and around the world. Her research focuses on investigating quality of life, community participation, and social inclusion of children and youth with disabilities through an examination of the health practices and policies that affect their daily lives. Dr. Gibson is particularly interested in the social and ethical issues surrounding new treatment advances which make it possible for youth with complex chronic conditions to survive into adulthood and live in the community.

“Dr. Barbara Gibson has gained international recognition and standing as a scholar who bridges social and health sciences in her study of disability,” says Professor Katherine Berg, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. “She is able to integrate her expertise as a physical therapist, bioethicist and qualitative researcher to conduct research with the potential to positively influence society, other researchers and health care providers, and children and young adults living with disability.”

Congratulations Barbara!