Dr. Cheryl Beach


Dr. Cheryl Beach is an instructor in RHSC 583 Applying Research to Practice which is an elective in the UBC MRSc program. She facilitates the Community Practice and Single Subject and Case Study Research sections of RHSC 583, and joined the UBC MRSc team of major project supervisors in 2008.

Cheryl received her doctorate in 2004 from the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. Her thesis focused on community-based learning to promote self-efficacy of physiotherapy students in Hong Kong to interact with older adults. Her Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy) and Master of Science (Rehabilitation) were completed at Queens University in 1989 and 1993, respectively. Her Master’s thesis focused on the development and testing of an instrument designed to assist with program evaluation at the Hospital for Disabled Children in Nepal.

In addition to her master’s work in Nepal, Cheryl has worked in Jamaica, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, where she gained experience in neuro-geriatrics, research and education, as well as benefiting from the richness of the cultural diversity. She has previously worked with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) as Client Affairs Manager, BC and for Island Health as Director, Community Care Initiatives where her main projects were related to the use of technology in the community to improve health and healthcare systems outcomes.

Cheryl enjoys helping learners to bridge research with learning and practice. For Cheryl, education is about accepting challenges, asking questions, and learning together.