College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Rhoda Reardon is an occupational therapist by training with expertise in program evaluation, guideline development and research knowledge transfer. A native of northern Ontario, she practised clinically for 16 years in adult and geriatric rehabilitation and vocational evaluation before joining the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in 1992. During her 14-year tenure with IWH, she helped develop a program of accreditation for multidisciplinary assessment centres and was a pioneer in establishing the Institute's knowledge transfer and exchange program.
Prior to her retirement from full-time work in 2016, Reardon was with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), where she managed and developed its research and evaluation group. She created a thriving team focused on applying evidence and measurement science to CPSO programs and policies. While in this role, she worked on a number of provincial and national initiatives. These included developing a collaboration of physician educators under the banner "CPD (Continuing Professional Development)-Ontario,” co-chairing a national initiative of medical regulators to develop and implement a clinical practice guideline on the safe prescription of opioids, and bringing forward a pan-Canadian initiative to systematically study and apply evidence around factors that support physician practice or put it at risk.
Reardon continues to work as a part-time consultant in selected research and knowledge transfer projects.