Molly Verrier

Molly Verrier

Molly Verrier is a registered physical therapist who trained at U of T as an occupational and physical therapist. Her graduate studies at McMaster University were in Health Science and Clinical Neurophysiology giving her a broad background in health care delivery and neurological care. She is currently an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, The Institute of Medical Science, and the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at UofT. She is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN.

As chair of the Departments of Physical Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science in the Faculty of Medicine (1994-2004) she implemented an MSc (PT) Professional Program and a multidisciplinary Master’s and PhD program in Rehabilitation Science. During her term as Chair she sat on several hospital boards (Hillcrest Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital) and chaired the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital Corporation Board.  In her last academic administrative position she was the Director of Distributed Rehabilitation Sciences Education (2006-2011) where she expanded and developed relationships with both the teaching and community hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and chaired the University Academic Rehabilitation Partnership Collaborative Academic Planning - Sub-Committee (UPAR-CAP).  She has been in academia since 1979 and has extensive university administrative knowledge and expertise at all levels of the University gained from her membership and leadership on many University committees (e.g. the University Affairs Board, Academic Board, Chair-School of Graduate Studies, Division IV Life Sciences Awards Committee).

She chaired the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Career Scientist Awards Panel (2004-2010) and was a member of the GTA Rehab Network Best Practices Day Planning Committee (2001-2012). Currently she is on the Ontario Neurotrauma Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Committee. Her research in health human resources applied to rehabilitation services delivery and in the discovery of best rehabilitative practices for neurological populations particularly spinal cord injury and stroke is translational in nature. As an academic leader in the rehabilitation sciences she has significant insight into the added value of rehabilitation in promoting and maintaining the health status, function, and well-being and an intricate knowledge of rehabilitation hospitals from the academic, service delivery and economic perspective.