McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

School of Rehabilitation Science ranked highest in Canada

Published: January 30, 2015
Joy MacDermid
Joy MacDermid, assistant professor, School of Rehabilitation Science

A recent study has found that McMaster University's School of Rehabilitation Science consistently ranks highest in Canada for faculty productivity and research impact.

The research was published in Physiotherapy Canada and led by Joy MacDermid, an assistant professor of rehabilitation science at McMaster. It examined the productivity of physical and occupational therapy faculty at universities across Canada using measurements related to research publications and citations as well as federal funding as indicators of academic impact.


McMaster ranked at top in four categories:

  • Total number of citations by other scholars
  • Aamount of funding to principal investigators by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • The h-index, which is a measure of productivity and citation impact of a scientist's published body of work
  • G-index, which quantifies scientific productivity based on publication record

"Our occupational therapy and physiotherapy faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their leadership and innovation in rehabilitation science research," said Patty Solomon, associate dean and director of the School of Rehabilitation Science.

"This study provides objective evidence of our research excellence and our impact within the scientific community."

John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, added: "We have always known that our School of Rehabilitation Science is one of the top schools in North America, but the metrics have been absent. This kind of validation is rewarding."

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