What are our graduates saying about Rehabilitation Science Program? Find out in the comments below.

  • “I am very grateful for completing my doctoral degree at McMaster University.”

    It is one of few schools in the country that has a part-time stream. As a part-time clinician this program fit perfectly in my career path and really allowed me to have the full academic experience-even while working. With some of the greatest professors in the field, McMaster provides an opportunity for great mentorship. I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering furthering their career within rehabilitation science.

    Pulak Parikh, PhD, Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program 2020

  • “The PhD in Rehabilitation Science helped me to bring my professional development to a new level. ”

    It truly helped me achieve my professional goal of working for disability policy change within Government. The PhD program is focused on clinical knowledge and skill development; however, I was able to carve out a research program that was multi-disciplinary in approach by using the knowledge I gained in the program to advance my policy development skills. I did this through courses that taught foundational skills in research, such as qualitative and quantitative methodology. Beyond the learnings derived from these courses, though, I had the most amazing supervisor and supervisory committee. My supervisor, Dr. Rebecca Gewurtz, was integral to my academic success, and my bridge to a more advanced professional role post-graduation. The right fit between supervisor and student is absolutely crucial. I had that. Rebecca advised me, guided me, taught me, encouraged me, and believed in me. Often times, Dr. Gewurtz went above and beyond her official role as supervisor to help me stay the course. She and my committee were invested in my success. I am now working as a research advisor with Employment and Social Development Canada. This role would not have been possible had I not completed my PhD, with all the requisite knowledge, skills, and confidence that the program provided me.

    Pamela Lahey, PhD, Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program 2018

  • “I completed my undergraduate education at McMaster University and chose to pursue graduate studies in the rehabilitation science program because I appreciated the fact that classes were being taught by professionals in various fields of rehab; such as physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. I loved that there was no limit to your learning, in that you gain a holistic view of the rehabilitation field. Furthermore, you are immersed in a rich and dynamic environment in which you have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with students from multiple disciplines of science, some who are already clinicians. Within this program, there are constant opportunities for academic and personal growth, via student seminars, rehabilitation rounds and skills series. The rehabilitation science program definitely exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a welcoming community of students and faculty”

    Sheeran Khattab, MSc Thesis, Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program 2019

  • “I am Lubna Daraz, an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Montreal. Before joining the University, I held an Assistant Professor of Medicine position at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Also, at Mayo Clinic, I worked as a Research Fellow in the Evidence-based Practice Research Program. The training I received in the Rehabilitation Science program has led me to these significant academic and scientific positions. During my doctoral training, I obtained skills in knowledge translation, health literacy, and quality improvement with a focus on the vulnerable population. My committee, led by Joy C MacDermid, Ph.D., dedicated their expertise to my program's growth and success. As a result, I received the prestigious Frederic Banting and Charles Best Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health and several significant doctoral awards. Currently, I am contributing to the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Montreal in health information seeking and evidence-based practice research and teaching. I have also contributed to patient training curriculum, dissemination and implementation science course development and consultation, clinical practice guideline development, and a significant contribution in health literacy literature.”

    Lubna Daraz, PhD, Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program 2011

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