Jayne Garland, PhD

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professor

Room 200, HSB
519 661-2111 x84293
ORCID: 0000-0003-1117-2935


  • BScPT (Queen's)
  • MClSc (Western)
  • PhD (McMaster)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MSc | PhD
  • Kinesiology MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Garland’s research interests have two main foci: 1) neural control of force production and movement, particularly under conditions of muscle fatigue, in which she employs sophisticated single motor unit analysis to investigate fundamental motor control principles; and 2) recovery of motor control following stroke, with emphasis on postural control, in which she utilizes clinical and physiological measures to investigate balance and mobility.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Cohen JW, Vieira T, Ivanova TD, Cerone G, Garland SJ. Maintenance of standing posture during multidirectional leaning demands the recruitment of task-specific motor units in the ankle plantarflexors. Experimental Brain Research 239: 2569-2581, 2021
  • Hodges P, Butler J, Tucker K, MacDonell C, Poortvliet P, Schabrun S, Hug F, Garland SJ. Non-uniform effects of nociceptive input to motoneurones during experimental muscle pain. Neuroscience 463: 45-56, 2021
  • Pollock CL, Hunt MA, Garland SJ, Ivanova TD, Wakeling JM. Relationships between movement patterns of stepping reactions and clinical measures of balance, motor recovery and step characteristics post-stroke. Physical Therapy May 4;101:pzab069, 2021
  • Peters S, Ivanova TD, Lakhani B, Boyd LA, Garland SJ. Influence of out-patient physiotherapy on motor planning and motor performance in persons with sub-acute stroke: a case series. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy 44:164-172, 2020.
  • Miller KJ, Gallina A, Ivanova TD, Boyd LA, Neva J, Menon C, Garland SJ. The effect of combining high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation with robot-assisted movement training on voluntary wrist muscle activation and hand function following stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology130: 1271-1279, 2019
  • Gallina A, Wakeling JM, Hodges P, Hunt MA, Garland SJ. Regional vastus medialis and lateralis activation in females with patellofemoral pain. Medicine Science Sports Exercise 51:411-420, 2019
  • Garland SJ, Gallina A, Pollock CL, Ivanova TD. Effect of standing posture on inhibitory postsynaptic potentials in gastrocnemius motoneurons. Journal of Neurophysiology 120: 263-271, 2018

Visit for PubMed a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Trejos AL, Garland SJ, co-PIs and M. Jenkins coI. Mechatronic device for multimodal suppression of Parkinsonian tremor. NSERC Collaborative Health Research. 2018-2022, $414,492

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Regional activation within vastus medialis and lateralis in clinical and experimental pain.

  • Gallina, Alessio (2018). PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia.

Ready to move? The effect of stroke on attention and motor planning of voluntary leg movements.

  • Peters, Susan (2017). PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia.

Motor control of response to external perturbations in people post-stroke.

  • Pollock, Courtney L. (2014). PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia.

Motor Control of Exercise that Emphasizes Speed Post-stroke.

  • Gray, Vicki L (2012). PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Fatigue and Mobility Post-Stroke.

  • Knorr, Svetlana (2011). PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations in the repository.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Society of Neuroscience
  • International Society for Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)


  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Basmajian Lecturer, ISEK

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Canadian Institute of Health Research
  • Reviewer, Heart and Stroke Foundation