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Dr. Marcia Finlayson reappointed as Vice-Dean of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has reappointed Dr. Marcia Finlayson as Vice-Dean of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, for a five-year period beginning July 1, 2017.

Under Dr. Finlayson’s leadership, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy has undergone significant change and growth. She has led the development of new and creative educational programs, and the school’s professional programs are well respected around the world. She has also been a key player in the expansion and development of both the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation at Queen’s and the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.

Dr. Finlayson graduated with her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) in 1987 from the University of Manitoba, where she also completed an Advanced Certificate of Gerontology. She subsequently completed her Master of Science, followed by her PhD in Community Health, at the University of Manitoba. In 1993, she was awarded the Master of Science Fellowship for the National Health Research and Development Program from Health Canada.

Dr. Finlayson first joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University in 2012 as Professor, Vice-Dean, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She is also currently an adjunct scientist with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Dr. Finlayson has held various faculty positions at a number of universities over the course of her career, including Nova Southwestern University, the University of Manitoba, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Curtin University of Technology.

Dr. Finlayson’s scholarly work has focused primarily on studies that aim to improve care for aging patients and persons diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on over 50 research projects, and is currently the principal investigator on a multisite randomized controlled trial of MS INFoRM (an interactive fatigue management resource) funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. In 2013, she received the Golden Quill Award, presented by the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Finlayson has published more than 300 publications.