School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Rehabilitation Science



"In my 3rd year as a Ph.D candidate at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy I have improved my research skills by interpreting diverse Health Sciences literature, policies and/or data and developing study databases. I also had the unique opportunity to develop teaching skills and learn how to coordinate projects and activities related to the academic field...I have had the opportunity to expand my experience and strengthen my expertise to become a scientist capable of demonstrating leadership skills nationally and internationally ”

Kamary coriolano lins da silva, Ph.D. 2014

Program Contact

Anne Linscott
Graduate Assistant
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Louise D Acton Building, Room 227;
31 George Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 (ext 75056)


Program Overview

The goal of rehabilitation science is to generate new knowledge to improve function and participation of people with or at risk of disability across the lifespan, to strengthen the rehabilitation workforce and health systems, and to create equity and opportunities for people with disabilities in society.

The doctoral and master's programs in Rehabilitation Science at Queen's University stress the multidisciplinary contribution of many health professions and disciplines to rehabilitation. The program attracts students from varied backgrounds including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, kinesiology, psychology, social work, arts & humanities, nursing, education, epidemiology, law, engineering and others.

Students engage with the broad scope of rehabilitation science and are provided with opportunities to develop research skills and knowledge. Their research addresses the needs of people across the spectrum of ability, promotes high-quality rehabilitation, enhanced health services and a more equitable society.


Students have opportunities to conduct research and build expertise in specialty areas including primary care and community rehabilitation; movement, mobility, and physical ability; and disability and participation. Students also have opportunities to conduct research associated with:

  • the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health,
  • the International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation,
  • the Human Mobility Research Centre,
  • the Centre for Neuroscience Studies,
  • the Centre for Studies in Primary Care,
  • the Health Services and Policy Research Institute, or
  • many other community agencies and venues.

In addition, students have opportunities to travel within and outside Canada for data collection and conferences.

Career Paths 

Examples of areas where graduates from our Rehabilitation Science programs have found work include:

  • Clinical Research
  • Academia (research and teaching)
  • Agencies – governmental, not-for-profit, or private – that support clinical care, research, or workforce related to health or disability
  • Program development at the local, national or international level
  • International community-based rehabilitation
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Sc.: Course work, thesis & oral defence

Ph.D.: Course work, comprehensive examination, thesis & oral defence

Areas of Research and Supervisors

We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.

  • Dr. Heather Aldersey: Social construction of disability across cultures, support for people with disabilities and their families, public policy, family innovation, and family quality of life and community based rehabilitation in an international context.
  • Dr. Mohammad Auais: Increase understanding of how modifiable factors interact to influence mobility of older adults and how to integrate this knowledge into rehabilitation
  • Dr. Beata Batorowicz: Augmentative and alternative communication, children’s social interaction and participation using speech generating devices and alternative access methods, youth’s participation in leisure and recreation, technology to assess person in context and transaction between person and environment, environment-based intervention, especially using digital technologies.
  • Dr. Brenda Brouwer: Modulation of projections of corticospinal pathways, balance control during activity performance, and interactions of metabolic and cardio-respiratory systems with stroke and following interventions for stroke.
  • Dr. Heidi Cramm: Associate Scientist, Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) and Director, Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT. Research focuses on mental health, trauma, and resilience as well as system navigation. Research populations vary across veterans and public safety personnel (e.g., firefighters), and military, veteran, and public safety families.. 
  • Dr Vincent DePaul: Motor learning, gait and mobility-recovery, stroke, neurorehabilitation and older adults.
  • Dr. Nandini Deshpande: Factors responsible for mobility impairment in older adults with specific interest in the elderly with diabetes; major focus is on changes in sensorimotor functions, postural control and fear of falling.
  • Dr. Catherine Donnelly: team-based primary care with an emphasis on understanding how interprofessional primary care teams can support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions; educational research examining interdisciplinary education, online learning and the integration of theory to practice
  • Dr Nora Fayed: Measuring, predicting, and influencing quality of life (QOL) in children and youth with chronic medical conditions; conditions of interest include epilepsy and complex care as well as others; methodological work on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as well as child and parent reported outcome measures. 
  • Dr. Marcia Finlayson: Development, implementation and evaluation of self-management approaches for people with multiple sclerosis, with specific interest in fatigue management, falls prevention, aging, and caregiver support. Developing tools/resources to translate multiple sclerosis rehabilitation research findings into clinical practice.  Long term care for people with multiple sclerosis.
  • Dr. Setareh Ghahari: Access to health care services for immigrants and people with neurological conditions; Chronic disease self-management..
  • Dr. Janet Jull: shared decision making tools and approaches to support client-centred care in partnerships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, with a focus on cancer care; integrated knowledge translation, partnership-based approaches to health research.
  • Dr. Dorothy Kessler: Coaching in occupational therapy; enhancing participation and self-management among people with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and low vision.
  • Dr. Rosemary Lysaght: Productivity and employment in marginalized populations; Social enterprise as a form of employment creation; Social integration of persons with disabilities; workplace accommodation; educational strategies in the health sciences.
  • Dr. Mary Ann McColl: Access to health services for people with disabilities, disability policy, disability studies, spirituality and occupational therapy theory.
  • Dr. Jordan Miller: Developing, implementing and evaluating new interventions and models of care for people with pain; interprofessional primary care research; knowledge translation to advance pain management and primary care practice
  • Dr. Kathleen Norman: Physiotherapy profession, including education, history, practice, regulation and demographics of workforce; collaborations involving how physiotherapy students are assessed, and how physiotherapists work in primary care.
  • Dr. Trisha Parsons: exercise and chronic kidney disease; narrative practice.
  • Dr. David Pedlar:  Scientific Director, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, health policy, suicide prevention, transition from military service to civilian life, population health, and aging
  • Dr. Lucie Pelland: Coordination of sensory and motor functions in motor learning by children for the execution of skilled actions in both real and virtual environments.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package (teaching and research assistantship, internal fellowships, bursaries and incremental growth).

Master’s Programs: Variable; $7,500 guaranteed.

Ph.D.: minimum $18,000; most students receive between $18,000 and $25,000 per year

Additional Internal Awards include Tracy Gourlay Memorial Scholarship and the Gwen Keough Memorial Scholarship

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR. etc). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (masters) or $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc.: Upper second-class standing (B+) in a degree equivalent to an honours undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Kinesiology, or Life Sciences.

Ph.D.: Completion of a research Master’s degree at a superior level in Rehabilitation Science or a related field.

The entire transcript is reviewed but particular attention is given to your last 20 courses and how well you have progressed throughout your academic career.

Other Requirements

(to be sent directly to rehabilitation Science)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current CV including a list of all previous academic awards and publications (both abstracts and full papers)

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 550 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 15.

Notification of Acceptance: March/Early April.

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones

Grad Maps

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