posted on Nov. 29: School of Rehabilitation Science professor appointed to chair in childhood disability research


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Mary Law”]Professor Mary Law has been appointed to the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research, which is supported by the Jack and Ina Pollock Charitable Foundation.

Law is a professor and associate dean in the School of Rehabilitation Science and an associate member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. She is co-director of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a partnership between researchers at McMaster University and children's rehabilitation centres in Ontario.

“There are more than 500,000 children and youth in Canada with disabilities that affect in some way their participation in daily activities,” said Law. “The chair in childhood disability will enable continued leadership in childhood disability research at McMaster so that families can benefit from research, resources and information leading to improved outcomes for their children.”

Law is an occupational therapist with training in both epidemiology and health and social planning and has worked in the area of children's rehabilitation for many years.

Her research has led to innovative methods to enhance the participation of children with disabilities in everyday activities.

“Dr. Law is a fabulous mentor for young investigators in the field,” said John Kelton, Faculty of Health Sciences' dean and vice-president. “Through her work with graduate students and the development of future post-doctoral study opportunities, Dr. Law will be helping to develop our future scientists in rehabilitation science.”

The funding of this chair will help lead to new discoveries about effective interventions for children and youth with childhood disabilities and the efficient and timely dissemination and use of research information in healthcare practice.

Founded in 1997, the Pollock Foundation has continuously supported the School of Rehabilitation Science with particular interests in childhood disability research and the research activities of the CanChild Program.