Susan Hunter, PhD

Associate Professor

Room 01408A, EC
519 661-2111 x88845
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ORCID: 0000-0002-7571-3895


  • BSc, BScPT, PhD (Western)

Research In Profile

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Featured Publications and Projects

Chapters and Reports

  • Hunter SW. (2019) Assistive devices, falls and cognitive aspects. In M Montero Odasso and R Camicioli (Eds.), Falls and cognition in older persons: fundaments, assessment & therapeutic options. (pp 139-150) Springer Nature publications.
  • Callisaya M, Hunter SW, Montero-Odasso M. (2020) Maintaining and improving physical function in dementia. In K Laver and LF Low (Eds): Dementia Rehabilitation: evidence-based interventions and clinical recommendations. (57-80) London, UK: Elsevier.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Racey M, Markle-Reid M, Fitzpatrick-Lewis D, Ali MU, Gagne H, Hunter S, Ploeg J, Sztramko R, Harrison L, Lewis R, Jovkovic M, Sherifali D. Fall prevention in community-dwelling adults with mild to moderate cognitive impairment: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Geriatrics. 2021;21:689. doi: 10.1186/s12877-021-02641-9
  • Frengopoulos C, Fuller K, Payne MWC, Viana R, Hunter SW. Rehabilitation outcomes following major lower limb amputation in the oldest old: a systematic review. Prosthetics and Orthotics International. 2021; 45(6):446-456. doi: 10.1097/PXR.0000000000000038
  • Omaña H, Bezaire K, Brady K, Davies J, Louwagie N, Power S, Santin S, Hunter SW. Functional Reach Test, Single Leg Stance Test and Tinetti Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment for Falls Prediction in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Physical Therapy. 2021;101(10):1-18. Epub on July 10, 2021.
  • Hunter SW, Divine A, Madou E, Omana H, Johnson A, Hill K, Holmes J, Wittich W. Executive function as a mediating factor between visual acuity and postural stability in cognitively healthy adults and adults with Alzheimer’s dementia. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics. 2020;89 July-August (article 104078). Epub on April 19, 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2020.104078

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Current Grants and Research Projects

  • Hunter, SW (PI). (2022-2023) Barriers and facilitators to community accessibility in people with lower limb losss. SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant ($24,000)
  • Hunter SW (PI). (2022-2024) Implementation of falls screening in long-term care. London Community Foundation ($38,900)
  • Hunter SW (PI) (2020-2023) Real and imagined walking in lower limb amputees. Bone & Joint Institute. ($30,000)
  • Hunter SW (coI). (2022-2024) The effects of a novel phantom exercise execution program on phantom limb pain and mobility in people with unilateral transtibial amputation: a feasibility study. Canadian Musculoskeletal Rehab Research Network. ($25,000)
  • Hunter SW (coI) (2022-2023) Planning a national limb loss registry. CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant ($20,000)

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and 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)
  • Associate Researcher Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity, Parkwood Research Institute, London, Ontario


  • Faculty Scholar Award, University of Western Ontario 2022
  • 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
  •  Global Falls Guidelines Working Group – Co-Leader Falls and Cognition group
  •  Member Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative, Parachute Canada
  •  World Health Organization – member of international team developing rehabilitation guidelines for people living with dementia (2021-2022)