Joy MacDermid, PhD

Joy MacDermid

Distinguished University Professor
Fellow - Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Fellow - Royal Society of Canada

Room 1440, Elborn College
519 661 2111 x88912


  • BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) - Musculoskeletal Health Outcomes and Knowledge Translation
  • Dr. James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • 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

Additional Information

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Clinical Research Design/Clinical Epidemiology
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Measurement
  • Sex/Gender


  • Royal Society of Canada Fellow (2019)
  • Distinguished University Professor (2020)
  • Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellow
  • CIHR Awards: Quality of Life Research, Knowledge Ambassador
  • American Society of Hand Therapists
    • Lifetime membership
    • Lifetime Scientific Award in Hand Therapy

Professional Activities

  • Editor
    • Journal of Hand Therapy
  • Associate Editor:
    • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Professional Association Board Memberships:
    • American Association of Hand Therapists (past president)
    • American Association Hand Surgery
    • Canadian Orthopedic Research Society (board member)
  • Selected International/National Committee Work:
    • American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Practice Guidelines (Orthopedic Division)
    • ORS-International Fracture Repair (distal radius fracture and proximal shoulder fracture consensus committees)
    • Outcomes Committee American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    • ICHOM outcome measurement core sets development
    • International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health Hand Core Set (Canadian representative)