Strategic Plan 2017-2020

STRATEGY 3: Create a formalized rehabilitation knowledge plan that will exchange knowledge and ideas with alumni, professionals, and the general public


Timeline: December 2017

  • Develop an inclusive FRM research identity that captures current and emerging research areas
    • Use areas of research impact to guide decisions for distribution of support and resources
  • Establish a method/mechanism for the comprehensive recording and reporting of research accomplishments annually [profile]
  • Elevate the profile of research impacts/accomplishments in communications to stakeholders [profile]
  • Revamp and then maintain the Research webpage [profile]

Timeline: December 2018

  • Establish a vibrant seminar/lecture program anchored by an annual Distinguished Lecture [culture; profile; education]


  • Increase number of publications:
    • all tenure-track faculty publishing at least 1 peer-reviewed article per year
    • increasing average # of articles per member from 3.2/yr to 4.0/yr in 3 yrs
  • Increase mean/median Impact Factor of published articles to 2.0 (currently 1.8)
  • Increase mean/median relative citation rate of tenure-track members to 1.5 (currently 1.3)
  • Increase external research grant support:
    • Increase TC funded from 36% to 75% in 3 years
    • Increase Externally funded from 75% to 100% in 3 years
  • Increase total research funding received from a 5 yr floating mean of $4 million to $4.5 million in 5 years
  • Presence of FRM members on provincial, national and international advisory, scientific, and policy review panels
  • Increase number of externally funded postdoctoral scholars
  • Increase number of publications of Faculty mentors of FRM supported postdocs
  • Host the 1st Annual Distinguished Lecture in Rehabilitation Sciences by Dec. 2018


  • 1st Distinguished Lecture in Rehabilitation Sciences held May 11, 2018 as part of 1st Annual Research Colloquy
  • Identified areas of research impact
  • Established monthly internal newsletter Rehab Research News to enhance profile of research impacts
  • Established seminar/lecture series, including external examiners for PhD defense attending live and giving lectures (Dr Morita, June 26, 2018)
  • Reworking research website in progress