Janelle Unger, PhD, PT


Assistant Professor

Room 1400, Elborn College
519 664-6100 x45789
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  • BSc Kinesiology (Saskatchewan)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (McMaster)
  • PhD Rehabilitation Sciences (Toronto)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health & Rehabilitation Sciences MSc | PhD
  • Neuroscience MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Unger’s research focuses on promoting lifelong mobility for people with various neurological impairments, including spinal cord and brain injuries. Her main interests are optimizing gait and balance to provide the foundation for safe mobility, integrating lived experiences into research and program development, and enhancing access to rehabilitation services that support lifelong activity.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Saumur TM, Gregor S, Xiong Y, Unger J. Quantifying the amount of physical rehabilitation received by individuals living with neurological conditions in the community: a scoping review. BMC Health Services Research. 2022 Dec;22(1):1-2.
  • Unger J, Chan K, Lee JW, Craven BC, Mansfield A, Alavinia M, Masani K, Musselman KE. The effect of Perturbation-based Balance Training and Conventional Intensive Balance Training on reactive stepping ability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease: A randomized clinical trial. Frontiers in Neurology. 2021 Feb 2;12:49.
  • Unger J, Oates AR, Lanovaz J, Chan K, Lee JW, Theventhiran P, Masani K, Musselman KE. The measurement properties of the Lean-and-Release test in people with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2020 Dec 3:1-0.
  • 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 CY, Craven BC, Mansfield A, Masani K, Musselman KE. Intensive balance training for adults with incomplete spinal cord injuries: protocol for an assessor-blinded randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy. 2019 Apr 1;99(4):420-7.
  • Musselman KE, Singh H, Unger J. Shaping Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury: The Impact of Qualitative Research. Enhancing Healthcare and Rehabilitation: The Impact of Qualitative Research. 2019 Mar 29:141.
  • Unger J, Jervis Rademeyer H, Pujol C, Furlan JC, Dawe J, Musselman KE. Personalized adapted locomotor training for an individual with sequelae of West Nile virus infection: a mixed-method case report. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2018 Aug 23.

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute

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