Bio (Lesley Bainbridge)

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Lesley Bainbridge

Lesley Bainbridge


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies, Business, Environment and Sustainability, Executive Education


Dr. Lesley Bainbridge is a retired associate professor from the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her work over the past decade has focused on interprofessional health education and collaborative practice in the health sector. Bainbridge’s research relates to the pedagogy of interprofessional health education, including links to theory, competencies for collaborative practice and collaborative leadership.


Bainbridge worked clinically as a physical therapist before moving into management and administration in the health sector primarily in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Mid-career, she moved to UBC to serve as head of the Physical Therapy program and then as director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Bainbridge has served in several leadership positions including president of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, director of Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine and associate principal in the College of Health Disciplines, both at UBC. In retirement Bainbridge continues to work with graduate students, accreditation of education programs and special projects.


Bainbridge holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on interprofessional health education from the Union Institute and University (2009), a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from UBC (2000), a Master of Arts in Education from UBC (1995), a Diploma in Health Services Management from the B.C. Institute of Technology (1986), a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation from UBC (1982) and a Diploma in Physiotherapy from the Royal Naval School of Physiotherapy (1974). Bainbridge was recognized numerous times over her career including the Silver Quill Awardfor excellence in a manuscript in knowledge translation by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2007), Life Membership award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for leadership and outstanding contributions to the profession over 25 years (2004), and a Killam Teaching Prize from UBC (2003).