Dr. Leslie Bainbridge

Dr. Lesley Bainbridge


Lesley Bainbridge
Dr. Lesley Bainbridge contributed to the development and instruction of the first version of RHSC 509, ‘Facilitating Learning in Rehabilitation Contexts‘. After a break to complete her PhD studies she rejoined us in 2009 as a facilitator of RHSC 583, Applying Research to Practice on the topic of Interprofessional Practice.

A past Director of the UBC School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of the Division of Physical Therapy, Lesley had previous management roles at two Vancouver hospitals and practiced as a physical therapist in a wide variety of settings with clients of all ages. In 2005 she was seconded from her home Department of Physical Therapy to two interprofessional positions, serving as the Director of Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine to 2014, and through June 2015 as Associate Principal in the UBC College of Health Disciplines, a unit that focuses entirely on interprofessional and integrated curricula.

Lesley believes that completing a master’s degree in education gave her a broad area of knowledge and skills that transferred readily to her main research interests, namely leadership, geriatrics, teaching and learning, administration, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She has authored and/or co-authored book chapters and articles, including the Canadian National Competency Framework for Interprofessional Collaboration (www.cihc.ca). Interprofessional education and collaborative practice were the focus of her PhD studies, and have continued in her as evidenced by her national and international conferences presentations.

Lesley received a UBC Killam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, in recognition of her effectiveness in teaching physical therapy students and many others. Retiring from UBC at the end of June, 2015, Lesley continues to support the MRSc program through student supervision as an emeritus faculty member. She looks forward to continued contact with learners who are grounded in the practice setting.