I am so pleased to let our readers know that upon a recommendation coming from a search committee I chaired, our Provost, Dr. Alan Harrison has appointed Dr. Marcia Finlayson as our new Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Dr. Finlayson comes to Queen’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she has been Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Applied Health Sciences. Dr. Finlayson will begin her tenure here at Queen’s starting in mid September.
In making this announcement we extend our thanks and sincere gratitude to Dr. Elsie Culham, who has served as the school’s Director for the last five years. Elsie has made exceptional contributions to the school and the faculty.
Following the completion of her MSc and PhD at the University of Manitoba in community health sciences, Dr. Finlayson was appointed in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the College of Allied Health at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, where she received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and to Professor in 2010. Dr. Finlayson also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.
As an occupational therapist since 1987, Dr. Finlayson’s clinical experience has included inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation, and work in community-based settings. She has been recognized as a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinical Specialist since 2004. As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Finlayson has a highly esteemed body of work that focuses on understanding the experiences and challenges of living with MS and enhancing the quality of life of people with MS and their caregivers. She has published 80 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and delivered over 100 conference presentations at national and international meetings. She recently completed work on an edited text focused on MS rehabilitation. Since 2000, she has received over $2.3 million dollars in research funding.
A highly regarded and productive educator, Dr. Finlayson has mentored 3 postdoctoral fellows,12 doctoral students, and 11 master’s thesis students. She has delivered 5 graduate courses at UIC, served as a Senator at UIC, and participated in or chaired a wide variety of academic committees.
Dr. Finlayson served as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy from 2006 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Centre on Aging and Supportive Environments at Lund University in Sweden. In 2007, the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society named Dr. Finlayson “Volunteer of the Year” and in 2009, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Finlayson was the recipient of a 2011 Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
If you want to correspond with Marcia, just comment on this blog and I will pass it on…or better yet, please stop by Louise D. Acton in September, I’m sure her door will be always open.