Dr. Richardson is the Head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Queen’s University; she earned her BSc (Cum Laude) in Physiotherapy at University of Western Ontario. She earned her MD at McMaster University and completed her General Practice Internship at University of Toronto and PM&R (Physiatry) at University of Ottawa. She later earned her MEd in Health Professions Education at University of Toronto.
Dr. Richardson joined University of Toronto as faculty in 1997 and currently holds appointments as Associate Professor, Clinician Educator, Physiatry, Department of Medicine and Clinician Investigator/Principal Investigator, University Health Network-KITE Research Institute. Dr. Richardson is a Clinician Educator, CanMEDS Program, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and an Associate Member, Graduate Faculty, Public Health Sciences at Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She will be joining Queen’s University as a Professor with a cross-appointment as Head, Department of PM&R, Providence Care Hospital.
Dr. Richardson holds numerous awards for research and education. In 2008, she received the RSPSC Donald Richard Wilson Award for integrating CanMEDS roles into medical education training programs. She received the Meridith Marks Award for Excellence in Education (2014) from Canadian Physiatrists Research and Development and CAPMR. University of Toronto has awarded her the Division of Physiatry Innovator of the Year Award (2005), the William Goldie Award for Education (2005), the Helen P. Batty Award in Faculty Development (2007), the U of T Academic Achievement Award (2003, 2010 and 2022) and Recognition of Contributions, Commitment, and Dedication to ED Committee (2018). She was also recognized in 2022 by her postgraduate residents with the Greatest Contribution to the University of Toronto Physiatry (PM&R) Residency Program Award, which honours a staff physiatrist who significantly contributed to program success via innovative programming, mentorship, and administrative support.
Most recently, she earned international recognition as the first Canadian to win the American Association of Academic Physiatrists Innovation and Impact Award in Education, which recognizes outstanding new developments and improvements in education that benefit the academic and physiatric communities.