Notable Alumni: Molly Verrier
Over the course of her distinguished career as a clinician, educator, researcher, influential leader and mentor, Molly Verrier has significantly impacted the field of rehabilitation, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Through her research and numerous leadership positions, she played a leading role in the transformation of physical therapy from an art to a science.
Molly began her career at the University of Toronto, where she trained in occupational and physical therapy, graduating in 1970. Early in her clinical career she chose to focus on physical therapy, with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. Her graduate studies at McMaster University in Health Science and Clinical Neurophysiology provided Molly with a broad background in health care delivery and neurological care. These skills were fundamental to her life-long commitment to research-informed education and practice throughout her career at the University of Toronto.
She is currently Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Therapy, the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. Molly also holds a Senior Scientist position at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute of the University Health Network.
Through senior leadership roles at the University of Toronto, Molly reshaped rehabilitation education in Toronto, placing a greater focus on academic and research training for physical therapists. As Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Chair of the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science in the Faculty of Medicine from 1994 to 2004, she orchestrated and implemented an entry-level Master of Science in Physical Therapy professional program, as well as multidisciplinary, research-based Masters and PhD programs in Rehabilitation Science.
Through these visionary changes, Molly laid the foundation for a strong cadre of researchers in the rehabilitation sciences sector.