Dr. Dina Brooks PhD

Senior Scientist

Dina Brooks

Industry Expertise

Recognized internationally as a leader in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
Dr. Brooks’ innovative research has led to significant improvement in patient care and deepened the understanding of the basic mechanisms of respiratory disease.
Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation in COPD.
Senior Scientist at West Park

Areas of Expertise

Rehabilitation Medicine


PhD, Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, 1998
Master of Science (MSc), Physiology, 1990
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy

Additional Appointments

Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Associate Member, HSFO Centre for Stroke Recovery, Sunnybrook
Past Member, CIHR Advisory Board, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health
Scientific Editor, Physiotherapy Canada journal


Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Enid Graham Award (highest honour given to a Canadian physiotherapist
Meritorious Service Award, Lung Association
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Sample of publications

1. Harrison SL, Lee A, Goldstein R, Brooks D. Perspectives of healthcare professionals and patients on the application of mindfulness in individuals with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Patient Education and Counseling. 2016 Aug 20. In Press. 
2. Janaudis-Ferreira T, Araujo T, Romano JM, Camp P, Hall M, Mathur S, Brooks D. Perspectives of Canadian final-year physiotherapy students on cardiorespiratory physiotherapy as a career choice. Physiotherapy Canada. 2016 Aug 17. 
3. Holland AE, Harrison S, Brooks D. Multi-morbidity, frailty and COPD: are the challenges for PR in the name? Chron Respir Dis. 2016 Jul.