Dr. Barbara Gibson Elected Fellow to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Barbara Gibson has been selected as a member of the 2016 cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. GibsonThe College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The Members of the College are Canadians and Permanent Residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The criteria for election is excellence, and membership is for seven years.

The College accepted nominations from Fellows, current Members of the College, as well as from their 55 Institutional Members, which are Canadian universities, the National Research Council, and TRIUMF. Dr. Gibson’s nomination was selected by an internal RSC peer-review competition made up of Fellows and Members of the College.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Gibson is a physical therapist with a PhD in bioethics. She is a Senior Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she directs the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies unit (CDARS).  She holds the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies.  Her research investigates how social, cultural, and institutional practices intersect in producing health, inclusion/exclusion, and identity with disabled children and youth.

Dr. Gibson’s election reflects both the opinion of her peers and the opinion of Canada’s senior collegium of scholars, artists and scientists. She will honoured at an induction ceremony in Kingston on November 18, followed by a banquet celebrating the achievement of the incoming Members of the College and Fellows of the Society.