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 Supervisors and Interests

Trevor Birmingham

Trevor Birmingham
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics

Laura Brunton

Laura Brunton
  • Physical activity, pain, fatigue and sleep in children with cerebral palsy
  • Promoting self-management in cerebral palsy

Dianne Bryant

Dianne Bryant
  • Development/evaluation of novel study designs to overcome barriers to conducting research in clinical settings
  • Evaluation of rehabilitative and surgical interventions

Denise Connelly

Denise Connelly
  • 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

Michele Crites Battié

Michele Crites Batti
  • Common spine disorders
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Low back pain

Samantha Doralp

Samantha Doralp
  • Women’s Health
  • Early Motor Development
  • Clinical Education

Jayne Garland

Jayne Garland
  • Motor Control
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Heather Gillis

Jayne Garland
  • Orthopaedics
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Curriculum development

Laura Graham

Jayne Garland
  • Intervention for persistent symptoms post-concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)
  • Self-management promotion for mTBI

Pamela Houghton

Pamela Houghton
  • Evaluating the effects of various physical therapies (eg. electrical stimulation (Estim)) on healing of chronic wounds.
  • Development & validation of wound assessment tools
  • Reducing the prevalence and ipact of pressure ulcers occrring 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)

Susan Hunter

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

Joy MacDermid

Joy MacDermid
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies: Upper extremity orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • Clinical Measurement: Development and evaluation of MSK, pain, disability and work outcome
  • Evidence Syntheses
  • Prognostic Profiles and Personalized Rehabilitation: Sex/gender, occupational, personal or environmental factors
  • Face-To-Face, Online, remote and wearable interventions for orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • Sex and gender in musculoskeletal disability
  • Firefighter health
  • Knowledge Translation: practice analysis, knowledge interventions, practice guidelines, predictors of knowledge uptake,

Jacquelyn Marsh

Jacquelyn Marsh
  • Cost-effectiveness of interventions for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Evaluating alternative care delivery methods to improve the efficiency of current models of musculoskeletal care

Pulak Parikh

Pulak Parikh
  • Upper extremity and spine research
  • Orthopaedic and sports medicine
  • Clinical measurement
  • Clinical trials for orthopaedic surgical and rehabilitative interventions

Sue Peters

Sue Peters
  • Neuroscience of how the brain controls mobility
  • Physiological mechanisms of neurorehabilitation
  • Neuroimaging and neuroplasticity
  • Personalized mobility rehabilitation

Alison Rushton

Alison Rushton
  • Spinal pain
  • Precision musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Evidence syntheses
  • Pilot, feasibility and definitive randomised controlled trials
  • Observational studies
  • Mixed methods

Jackie Sadi

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

Janelle Unger

Janelle Unger
  • Rehabilitation following spinal cord injury or disease
  • Disability across the lifespan
  • Balance and postural control

Dave Walton

Dave Walton
  • Prognosis and longitudinal modelling in acute musculoskeletal trauma
  • Trauma, pain, and disability in adults
  • Scale design, measurement theory and evaluation
  • Use of emerging technologies to optimize rehabilitation training, research, and outcomes
  • Research on scholarship and teaching at the pre- and post-professional levels
  • Defining and locating rehabilitation science and practice within the broader healthcare domain