Joy MacDermid, PhD

Joy MacDermid

Distinguished University Professor
Fellow - Royal Society of Canada

Room 1440, Elborn College
519 661 2111 x88912


  • BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Health
  • CIHR Chair: Gender, Work and Health - Muscle and Tone

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Clinical Measurement: Development and evaluation of outcome measures for pain and disability
  • Evidence Syntheses
  • Prognostic Profiles and Personalized Rehabilitation: Sex/gender, occupational, personal or environmental factors
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies: Upper extremity orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • Knowledge Translation

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 Inductee
  • 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:
    • Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
    • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Editorial Board:
    • Physiotherapy
    • Open Orthopedics
  • Professional Association Board Memberships:
    • American Association of Hand Therapists (past president)
    • American Association Hand Surgery
  • 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)