Sue Peters, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 1400, EC
519 661-2111 x81160
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  • BA Kinesiology (Western University)
  • MPT (Western University)
  • PhD (University of British Columbia)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Neuroscience MSc | PhD
  • Health and Rehabilitation Science MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Peters’ research interests are broadly in the neural control of human movement. Projects incorporate mobile brain/body imaging methods primarily using EEG and fNIRS, together with EMG and IMUs, to increase our understanding of the neural mechanisms that support naturalistic locomotion. Ultimately, the goal is to apply findings to individuals after stroke to optimize mobility recovery.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Peters S, Lim S, Louie DR, Yang CL, Eng JJ. Passive, yet not inactive: Robotic exoskeleton walking increases cortical blood flow dependent on task. J Neuroeng Rehab, 2020 Aug 10;17(1):107. doi: 10.1186/s12984-020-00739-6
  • Peters S, Brown KE, Garland SJ, Staines WR, Handy TC, Francisco B, Boyd LA. Cortical processing of irrelevant somatosensory information from the leg is altered by attention during early movement preparation. Brain Research. 2018 Nov 20. pii: S0006-8993(18)30585-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.11.027.
  • Peters S, Ivanova TD, Lakhani B, Boyd LA, Garland SJ. Neuroplasticity of cortical planning for initiating stepping post-stroke: A case series. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2020 Apr;44(2):164-172. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000311
  • Peters S, Handy TC, Lakhani B, Boyd LA, Garland SJ. Motor and visuospatial attention and motor planning after stroke: Considerations for the rehabilitation of standing balance and gait. Phys Ther, 2015: Oct;95(10):1423-32. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20140492.
  • Peters S, Klassen TD, Schneeberg A, Dukelow SP, Bayley MT, Hill MD, Pooyania S, Yao J, Eng J. Step number and aerobic minute exercise prescription and progression in stroke: A roadmap. Neurorehab Neur Rep. 2021 Dec 23:15459683211062894. doi: 10.1177/15459683211062894.
  • Menant JC, Maidan I, Alcock L, Al-Yahya E, Cerasa A, Clark DJ, de Bruin E, Fraser S, Gramigna V, Hamacher D, Herold F, Holtzer R, Izzetoglu M, Lim SB, Pantall A, Pelicioni P, Peters S, Rosso AL, St George R, Stuart S, Vasta R, Vitorio R, Mirelman A. A consensus guide to using functional near-infrared spectroscopy in posture and gait research. Gait Posture. 2020 Sep 18;82:254-265. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.09.012.
  • Auriet A, Neva J, Peters S, Ferris J, Boyd LA. A review of transcranial magnetic stimulation and multimodal neuroimaging to characterize post-stroke neuroplasticity. Frontiers Neurol. 2015:29;6:226. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2015.00226. eCollection 2015.

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Gray Centre for Mobility and Activity (Parkwood Institute)
  • Western’s Brain and Mind (Western University)
  • Rehabilitation Research Lab: GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (BC)


  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Fellowship: 2019-2021)
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (Fellowship: 2019-2021)
  • Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia Promising Young Professional (2015)

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Studies Reviewer (2020, 2021)
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association member (2007-present)