It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Annette Majnemer, OT, PhD, FCAHS, as Director and Associate Dean, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Since July 2010, Dr. Majnemer has served with great distinction as Interim Director and we are delighted that she will be continuing to build on the excellent progress made at the School.

A Full Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Dr. Majnemer is also an associate member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill, as well as an adjunct full professor in the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Majnemer has authored 110 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at scientific symposia around the world. Her exceptional service to research, teaching and practice has earned her many honorable distinctions, notably, as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008. She is a member of numerous health associations, including the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. She also serves on the executive committee and board of directors for the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. In 2009, she received the prestigious Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award from the CAOT in recognition of her significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Majnemer’s current research interests focus on identifying the biomedical, personal and environmental factors that most influence the developmental, functional and quality of life outcomes of children and youth with developmental disabilities. She has been continuously funded by national and international agencies throughout her career and currently is principal investigator on two grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and co-investigator on several other studies with researchers locally and nationally.

In her leadership role, Dr. Majnemer will continue to guide the School’s development on numerous fronts. This past year, the School graduated the first students of its new master’s programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy, had its occupational therapy program successfully accredited, was highly active in the recruitment of new faculty members, and strengthened its connections with Faculty and external partners. This spring, the School celebrated its inaugural Nametag Ceremony, marking students’ passage from university-based learning to clinical practice.

As Dr. Majnemer continues to build on the School’s ongoing success, please join us in wishing her a productive and rewarding tenure as Director.

Samuel Benaroya, MD

Interim Vice Principal (Health Affairs)

Interim Dean of Faculty of Medicine

Mara Ludwig, MD

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs