Queen's University

For the Record: April 4, 2013

Thu, 04/04/2013


Faculty of Health Sciences

Karen M. Smith — Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is pleased to announce that Karen Smith has been appointed associate dean of continuing professional development for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University for an initial term from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. Dr. Smith had been serving as the interim associate dean of continuing professional development since September 2011.

Following the receipt of her MD from Queen’s University in 1982 and the completion of her postgraduate training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at McMaster University, Dr. Smith returned to Queen’s in 1994 as an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 1998, she was appointed head of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Queen’s University, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and what was then Providence Continuing Care Centre, a position she held for 10 years. Dr. Smith was awarded tenure in 2000.

Dr. Smith received subspecialty certification in spinal cord injury medicine from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2003 and she was awarded the Ron Wigle Mentorship Award for her achievements in mentorship in 2008. She has been the Clinical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Services at the Providence Care St. Mary’s of the Lake Site from 1994 to 2012 and she is also affiliated with Kingston General, Hotel Dieu and Brockville General Hospitals. Dr. Smith’s clinical interests and expertise are in acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and paediatric rehabilitation. Her research interests are in clinical trials, with current trials in the areas of primary care for persons with disabilities, quality of life, exercise and neurogenic bowel management.

In making this announcement, the provost expresses his appreciation for the excellent leadership provided by Dr. Smith as interim associate dean of continuing professional development.

Rosemary Brander — Director, Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP)

Richard Reznick, Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences), is pleased to announce that Rosemary Brander has been appointed director of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. In leading OIPEP, Dr. Brander will direct and champion the development of inter-professional education, research and scholarship, and patient-centred practice, in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. Brander received her BSc in physiotherapy from Queen’s University in 1981 and an MSc from the University of Western Ontario in 1991. In 2012, she completed her doctoral studies and received a PhD from Queen’s.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Brander has been involved in a wide spectrum of patient-care, practice development and training in the field of physiotherapy, including: elder care, child development, acquired brain injury/acute care, physiotherapy, community services, orthopedics and pediatric care. She has contributed to these areas, as a leader, administrator, advocate, therapist, trainer and scholar.

From 1989-1991, Dr. Brander was a research physiotherapist at St. Joseph's Health Centre, London, where she initiated and led the first physiotherapy research project at SJHC for at‐risk infants discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has held several leadership roles in Queen's academic health sciences centre. As manager of rehabilitation services at Providence Care from 2001 to 2005, she led more than 100 interdisciplinary staff in seven service units at four sites. Dr. Brander also led 70-plus interdisciplinary staff and program services as the program manager, specialized geriatric, at Providence Care from 2005 to 2010. Since 2010, she has been the senior researcher and program evaluator, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, providing direction for research and evaluation activities in aging and health services in collaboration with internal and external partners.

An adjunct lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Dr. Brander has also contributed to advancing her profession with more than three dozen papers, articles and presentations.


Senate Academic Planning Task Force draft report on “virtualization and online learning”

The Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPTF) draft report on “virtualization and online learning” is posted and open for comments from the Queen’s community. Comments received before April 8, 2013 will help in the preparation of a final version of the report. 

Send your comments directly to the SAPTF or post a comment on the forum at the Academic Planning Task Force website.

Forum contributors are asked to use their true names and email addresses; signed comments will be automatically posted. Anonymous comments are also welcome (please use the Anonymous Comment Form) but will be monitored before posting. All comments will be reviewed regularly by the site administrator; any that contain personal attacks or offensive language, or that raise concern regarding campus safety and security, will be removed. All postings should be considered as expressing the opinions of their contributors.

Be the first to welcome the Class of 2013!

With Spring Convocation fast approaching we are seeking Queen’s staff and faculty who are alumni to volunteer as the official alumni representatives at each convocation ceremony. In this role you will be part of the Chancellor’s procession, present scripted welcoming remarks on behalf of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, and hand a Queen’s alumni pin to each graduate as they come off stage. If you are interested or require more information, please contact Julie Heagle by Monday, April 15. The ceremonies start May 23 and run through June 14. View the complete schedule here.


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