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
  • Physical activity 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

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

Garland, Jayne

  • Motor Control
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Graham, Laura

  • Therapeutic intervention for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or persistent post-concussion symptoms
  • Promoting self-management in mTBI

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)

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