Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Dean is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Dean’s research focuses on the global crisis of lifestyle conditions (heart disease, smoking-related conditions, cancer, hypertension and stroke, obesity, diabetes, and osteoporosis) – their epidemiology and cross-cultural means of maximizing outcomes of health education and interventions. She conducts research in the Middle East and Asia as well as multicultural Canada. Dr. Dean has conducted extensive work on the management of chronic poliomyelitis based on a model of health and consideration of cultural factors; and related to exercise physiology and oxygen transport in people with complex morbidity (ICU to the community).
Currently, she is focusing on effective knowledge translation of existing and new knowledge by physical therapists to meet the health care needs of people globally in the 21st century, specifically lifestyle-related conditions which according to the World Health Organization are largely preventable. Such capacity strengthening of health systems is a primary focus of her international teams’ efforts. To this end, Dr. Dean with her international teams has convened three Physical Therapy Summits on Global Health. She is the co-editor and co-author of ‘Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Evidence to Practice (5th ed), that has been translated into Portuguese, Korean and recently Chinese.