I am pleased to advise of several recent leadership appointments.
First, I am delighted to announce that Susan Murphy has been appointed Interim, Head, Department of Physical Therapy, effective January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
Ms. Murphy is currently a Senior Instructor and Associate Head, Clinician Education in the Department, leading the clinical education curriculum of the Master of Physical Therapy program and providing classroom teaching related to clinical placements. In her role as Interim Head, Ms. Murphy will provide key leadership, representing the department as it continues to expand educational opportunities for the next generation of physical therapists, and make significant research advancements in the field of rehabilitation science.
This appointment follows the outstanding leadership of Dr. Jayne Garland, who has been appointed Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, effective January 1, 2016. We wish Dr. Garland much success in her new role.
I am also thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Forwell as Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, effective January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
Dr. Forwell’s appointment follows the strong leadership of Dr. Catherine Backman, who has helped drive forward the vision and mission of the department. Dr. Backman, who has been with UBC for close to three decades, will continue her role as a Professor within the department, devoting her time to teaching and mentoring students, advancing research and supporting community collaborations.
Dr. Forwell is currently Associate Head and Associate Professor in the Department. In her new appointment, she will provide leadership for the array of educational and research activities to promote the study and practice of occupational therapy, occupational science and rehabilitation sciences.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Ms. Murphy and Dr. Forwell to their new appointments in the Faculty of Medicine.
Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia