Physical TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Meet Our Faculty Members

Faculty members in the School of Physical Therapy are engaged in impactful research across a number of areas related to rehabilitation and health. Click on a faculty member's name to view their full profile and learn more about their research.

Research SupervisorsResearch Interests

Bartlett, Doreen

  • Early motor development of infants developing typically and infants born preterm
  • Fitness and exercise participation of children and youth with a history of preterm birth and those with cerebral palsy
  • Understanding multiple determinants of motor outcomes of children and youth with cerebral palsy
  • Developmental surveillance of children and youth with cerebral palsy   

Birmingham, Trevor

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics

Brown, Janet

  • Learning Disabilities among high achieving university health care students
  • Optimizing mobility for people with severe neurological injuries
  • Community reintegration for individuals with ABI

Bryant, Dianne

  • Health promotion
  • Development/evaluation of novel study designs to overcome barriers to conducting research in clinical settings
  • Evaluation of rehabilitative and surgical interventions
  • Development/evaluation of measurement instruments/quality of life

Chesworth, Bert

  • Health promotion
  • Evaluation of total hip and knee joint replacement outcomes
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) rehabilitation and hip fracture outcomes
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee
  • MSK outcome measures
  • Manipulative physiotherapy

Connelly, Denise

  • Health promotion
  • The role and utility of exercise by older adults
  • Self-care management of chronic health conditions by older adults
  • Community-based physiotherapy practice

Houghton, Pamela

  • Evaluating the effects of various physical therapies (eg. electrical stimulation (Estim)) on healing of chronic wounds.
  • Development & validation of wound assessment tools
  • Reducing secondary complications in people living with spinal cord injury (SCI).
  • Safe and effective use of electrophysical agents (ultrasound, Estim, laser) in Physiotherapy
  • Development and implementation of Best Practice guidelines
  • Learning via alternate delivery methods (online learning)

Hunter, Susan

  • Falls and fall-related injuries  in older adults
  • Rehabilitation of the cognitively impaired older adult
  • Balance, gait and postural stability in older adults

Lucy, Deb

  • Chronic lung disease continuum of care
  • Chronic disease management and self-care
  • Professionalism, professional socialization
  • Health professional education, critical thinking
  • Primary Health Care, interprofessional collaboration

MacDermid, Joy

  • Clinical Measurement: Development and Evaluation of Self-Report and Performance-Based Pain and Disability Measures
  • Evidence Syntheses: Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies on Surgical/Rehabilitative Interventions for Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders in
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Pain and Disability associated with Upper Extremity Disorders (evaluation, prognosis and treatment)
  • Knowledge Transfer- Establishing evidence-practice gaps,  Methods of Implementing research evidence/best practice

MacPhail, Ann

  • Preceptor Education Program (PEP) for Health Professionals and Students
  • Policies, Barriers, and Incentives Impacting Physical Therapy Student Clinical Placements in the Home Care Setting
  • Strength Training for Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Obright, Kathy

  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Effectiveness of treatment in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Predictors of long-term whiplash syndrome

Overend, Tom

  • Physical therapy treatment techniques and outcome measures
  • Assessing the evidence base for physical therapy treatment techniques
  • Rehabilitation of people with hip fracture

Sadi, Jackie

  • Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Occupational Health
  • Orthopaedic injuries related to the upper quadrant (cervical, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand)

Vandervoort, Tony

  • Measurement of neuromuscular performance and related muscle contractile properties in older adults
  • Investigating the benefits of high-resistance exercise programs for improving muscular strength and function in this population, which includes sport-specific injury prevention such as for golf
  • Application of these findings to rehabilitation programs for older adults with mobility impairment (muscles of the lower limb are my usual models of investigation for this area of research).

Walton, Dave

  • Prognosis in acute whiplash
  • Prevention and treatment of chronic pain
  • Scale design and development
  • Quality of life in chronic pain
  • Teaching methods to foster empathetic and reflective critical thinkers