Darlene Reid Appointed as Chair of Physical Therapy Department

We welcome Professor Darlene Reid as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy for a 5-year term, effective January 1, 2015.

The following announcement was made by Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions on April 25, 2014:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Darlene Reid as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy for a 5-year term effective January 1, 2015.

Darlene Reid is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She is also Chair in the Research Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences where she has guided considerable expansion of the program. She obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (PT) from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1988.

Professor Reid is a clinical scientist whose investigations have spanned basic sciences, clinical, and translational research. Research themes have focused on dysfunction of the inspiratory and limb muscles in chronic disease that involves quantification of muscle structure and function at the cellular and macroscopic level. More recently, Dr. Reid has directed her research towards using non-invasive tools that can be taken to the bedside including wireless near infrared spectroscopy, dynamometry, and inclinometry. She has forged research collaborations nationally and internationally including Europe, Japan, and Bangladesh. Her teaching focuses on cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and research design. Dr. Reid was the senior editor of the recently released second edition of the textbook Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy: Management and Case Studies.

Dr. Reid’s involvement in organizations at the national level has furthered the development and interdisciplinary collaboration of cardiopulmonary physical therapy, including: Co-Chair of the Scientific Program of the Canadian Respiratory Conference; the Canadian Physiotherapy Cardiorespiratory Society of the Lung Association; Cardiorespiratory Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association; the Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Guidelines Committee on Exercise; Canadian Thoracic Society–COPD Guidelines–National Implementation and Dissemination Committee. Professor Reid has received recognition awards for leadership from the national Lung Association, a Killam Research Fellowship, a Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia Research Award, and a Silver Quill Award for Outstanding Knowledge Translation article in the Physiotherapy Canada journal.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Reid on her appointment and welcoming her to the University of Toronto.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Professor Katherine Berg for her leadership of the Department of Physical Therapy over the past ten years.

Catharine Whiteside, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions