About Us

A Joint Program of the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and the Department of Physical Therapy

Welcome to UBC’s Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences (RHSC). We are a joint program of the Departments of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, with a growing community of 85 graduate students, 10 postdoctoral fellows, and 26 internationally renowned faculty members.

Our research-based programs allow you to further your studies in occupational science or physical therapy through our Master’s of Science (MSc) or our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our students engage in independent, collaborative research that contributes to the wider body of evidence-based rehabilitation practice. Many of our graduates go on to careers in academia at institutions around the world while others go beyond traditional academic vocations and work as consultants to government, health authorities, operations management and healthcare or work in private practice.

As part of our research programs, your research and studies are conducted in our state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching spaces located around Vancouver, including UBC Hospital, BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries) at the Blusson Centre or GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, and the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management in Kelowna.

We welcome you to discover more about the accomplishments of our award-winning students and the high-calibre research being conducted by our faculty. We look forward to helping you on your graduate research journey.

Warm regards,

William C. Miller, PhD, FCAOT
Chair, Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program
Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

Dr. William C. Miller

Dr. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Research in the MATTERS Lab focuses on the measurement, determination, and epidemiology of mobility disability and participation of older adults.

Dr. Lara Boyd

Dr. Boyd is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Director of the Brain Behaviour Lab. Research in the Brain Behaviour Lab focuses on the relationships between brain function and behaviour after central nervous system damage from stroke.

Cassandra Gilliam
Graduate Program Assistant

Cassandra provides administrative support to the Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program. She sees students through the life cycle of the Master’s (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) programs, from prospective students to current students through to alumni.