Sara Guilcher Associate Professor; BSc(Hon), MScPT, MSc, PhD

Dr. Sara Guilcher (PT, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and has cross-appointments to the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Department of Physical Therapy, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Guilcher is as a physical therapist by clinical background, with training in psychology, biology, neuroscience, clinical epidemiology, and health services and policy research. Dr. Guilcher and team uses mixed-methods to optimize transitions in care, medication management and self-management for populations with multimorbidity and disability, including those with acute, episodic and chronic pain. Collectively, this research program aims to develop, implement, and evaluate solution-focused tools and interventions. More recently, Dr. Guilcher and team have investigated polypharmacy, opioid use and medication self-management for persons with spinal cord injury and the team is currently developing a toolkit to improve overall medication self-management.


University of Toronto

Principal Faculty:

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Principal Department/Program:

Clinical, Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Key Publications:

Cadel L, Hitzig SL, Packer TL, Patel T, Lofters AK, Thompson A, Guilcher SJT*. Spinal cord injury/dysfunction and medication management: A qualitative study exploring the experiences of community-dwelling adults in Ontario, Canada. Disability and Rehabilitation (2022). 44(1):24-33. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1756000. Epub 2020 May 2.PMID: 32362182 Guan Q, Calzavara A, Cadel L, Hogan ME, McCormack D, Patel T, Lofters AK, Hitzig SL, Guilcher SJT. Indicators of publicly funded prescription opioid use among persons with traumatic spinal cord injury in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (2021). doi: 10.1080/10790268.2021.1969503. PMID: 34698613. Guan Q, Hogan M-E, Calzavara A, McCormack D, Lofters AK, Patel T, Hitzig SL, Packer T, Guilcher SJT*. Prevalence of prescribed opioid claims among persons with nontraumatic spinal cord dysfunction in Ontario, Canada: a population-based retrospective cohort study. Spinal Cord (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41393-020-00605-1. PMID: 33495578. [Epub ahead of print]. Guilcher SJT*, Hogan M-E, Guan Q, McCormack D, Calzavara A, Patel T, Hitzig SL, Packer T, Lofters AK. Prevalence of prescribed opioid claims among persons with traumatic spinal cord injury in Ontario, Canada: A population-based retrospective cohort study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2021). 102(1):35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.06.020. PMID: 32891422. Cadel L, De Luca C, Hitzig SL, Packer T, Lofters A, Patel T, Guilcher SJT*. Self-management of pain and depression in adults with spinal cord injury: a scoping review. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (2020). 43(3):280-297. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1523776. PMID: 3033560.