Dr. Carol L. Richards is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval. She obtained a BSc in Physical Therapy from McGill University, an MSc in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from McGill University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Richards holds the Université Laval Research Chair in Cerebral Palsy and is involved in basic, clinical and knowledge translation studies related to locomotor recovery and social integration of persons with neurological disorders. She was the founding Director (2000-2010) of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) located in the Quebec Rehabilitation Institute and also the founding Director (1994-2003) of the Quebec Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR).
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stroke Network (2005-2010) and the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) from 2001-2008 and is now a member of the Board of Directors of the NeuroDevNet Centre of Excellence.
Dr. Richards received a Green Visiting Professorship from the University of British Columbia (2002), the Enid Graham Memorial Lectureship (2004) from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Jonas Salk Award (2005) from the Ontario March of Dimes and the Helen Saarinen Memorial Lectureship (2007) from McMaster University.
She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and in December 2009 was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.