Janelle Unger, PhD, PT

Janelle Unger

Assistant Professor

Room 1437, Elborn College 
519 661-2111 x81160


  • BSc Kinesiology (Saskatchewan)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (McMaster)
  • PhD Rehabilitation Sciences (Toronto)

Research Interests

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

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Unger, J., Oates, A. R., Lanovaz, J., Chan, K., Lee, J. W., Theventhiran, P., Masani, K., & Musselman, K. E. (2020). The measurement properties of the Lean-and-Release test in people with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, epub ahead of print.
  • Unger, J., Singh, H., Mansfield, A., Hitzig, S. L., Lenton, E., & Musselman, K. E. (2019). The experiences of physical rehabilitation in individuals with spinal cord injuries: a qualitative thematic synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 41(12), 1367-1383.
  • Unger, J., Chan, K., Scovil, C. Y., Craven, B. C., Mansfield, A., Masani, K., & Musselman, K. E. (2019). Intensive balance training for adults with incomplete spinal cord injuries: protocol for an assessor-blinded randomized clinical trial. Physical therapy, 99(4), 420-427.
  • Unger, J., Jervis Rademeyer, H., Furlan, J. C., Pujol, C., Dawe, J., & Musselman, K. E. (2018). Personalized adapted locomotor training for an individual with sequelae of West Nile virus infection: a mixed-method case report. Physiotherapy theory and practice, 1-11.

Teaching Areas

  • Foundations of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy in Acute Care Settings
  • Physical Therapy in Community Settings
  • Physical Therapy in Rehabilitation Settings
  • Therapeutic Modalities

Professional Activities

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Representative for the School of Physical Therapy, Western University
  • Education Coordinator for the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Member of the Canadian and Ontario Physiotherapy Associations
  • Member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario