Susan Hunter, PhD

Susan Hunter

Associate Professor

Room 1408A, Elborn College
519 661-2111 x88845


  • BSc, BScPT, PhD (Western)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Falls and fall-related injuries  in older adults
  • Rehabilitation of the cognitively impaired older adult
  • Balance, gait and falls in lower extremity amputees

Additional Information

Featured Projects

  • Ongoing validation and implementation in routine clinical practice of the Safe Use of Mobility Aids Checklist (SUMAC) – a new tool for evaluating function and safety in older adults using a 4-wheeled walker.
  • Real and imagined walking effects in people with lower extremity amputations: a functional MRI study. Our study will use brain imaging technology to evaluate brain motor activity during real and imagined leg movements in healthy adults and people with leg amputations. Showing that people with a leg amputation can successfully do imagined walking will allow us to develop a rehabilitation program to improve walking and quality of life for people with a leg amputation.

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

Research Affiliations

  • Gait & Brain Lab: Parkwood Hospital
  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
    • Division of Geriatric Medicine (Assistant Professor)
    • Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Adjunct Professor)
  • School of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth, Australia. (Senior Research Fellow)

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to physical therapy practice
  • Neuroscience and neurological conditions


  • Ontario Research Coalition (ORC) Early Researcher Award – 2011
  • Edmund V. Cowdry Prize. Canadian Geriatrics Society - 2010
  • AgePlus Prize, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aging - 2009

Professional Activities

  • Vice-President of the International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP), a subgroup of World Physiotherapy
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Member of Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative
  • Member – Canadian Physiotherapy Association, International Society for Posture & Gait Research, Rehabilitative Care Alliance (Ontario)