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Virginia Wright

Virginia Wright, PhD

Senior Scientist; Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation

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Research Focus:

Dr. Wright focuses on developing and validating outcome measures, as well as the effectiveness of interventions in pediatric rehabilitation. Includes gross motor measures, quality of movement, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, prosthetics, and life satisfaction. She leads the SPARK (Supporting Physical Activity-based Rehabilitation Research for Kids) Lab.

Research/Trainee/Volunteer Opportunities:
Please visit the SPARK Lab's Work with Us page for information about current opportunities.

Education & Profession


  • Ph.D., Health Research Methodology, McMaster University
  • M.Sc., Design, Measurement and Evaluation, McMaster University
  • B.Sc. (Physical Therapy), University of Toronto

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor (status), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor (part-time), School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton.

Honours and Awards:

  • Bloorview Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation, 2012 - 2017
  • Ann Collins Whitmore Award ($1000) as the top Canadian University research paper for 2010/1011 for: “Refining the response scale of the ABI Challenge module to enhance its ability to measure change in children and youth with an ABI.” The finalist competition was held at Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, May 2012. (V Wright as clinical research supervisor).
  • Macarthur C, Venkatesh S, Warren D, Doerr T, Pringle D. Research and Program Evaluation Course. MScPT degree. Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto.
  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Career Development Award (2007 - 2011)
  • 2008 Exceptional Achievement Award (Research). Department of Physical Therapy. University of Toronto.


Assessment Measures Developed:

  1. Challenge Module.  A measure of advanced motor skills for children with cerebral palsy (CP).
  2. Acquired Brain Injury Challenge Assessment (ABI-CA).
  3. Quality Function Measure (QFM) for ambulatory children with CP.
  4. Prosthetic Upper Extremity Functional Status Index (PUFI).
  5. Juvenile Arthritis Functional Status Index (JASI).
  6. Barefoot Gait Assessment (BGA) for ambulatory children with CP. 

Current Projects

Appointments at Holland Bloorview


BeFAST Study

Concussion Assessment and Evaluation

Concussion Baseline Testing Study

Concussion Management and Rehabilitation

Feelings about balance (parents)

Implications for Physical Rehabilitation

Life satisfaction

Lokomat intervention study


Paediatric ASPL knee joint

Physical Skills Measurement

The Adult Low Cost (LC) Knee



Click to see Dr. Wright's Publications in the SPARK Lab.

Contact Info

Contact Information:
Bloorview Research Institute 
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 
Tel: 416-424-3824                
Fax: 416-425-1634

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