Dave Walton, PhD

Dave Walton

Associate Professor 

Room 1433, Elborn College
519 661-2111 x80145


  • BScPT, MSc, PhD (Western University)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Prognosis and longitudinal modelling in acute musculoskeletal trauma
  • Mechanisms of traumatic pain and disability
  • Scale design and measurement science
  • Use of emerging technologies to optimize rehabilitation training, research, and outcomes
  • Research on scholarship and teaching at the pre- and post-professional levels
  • Defining and locating rehabilitation science and practice within the broader healthcare domain

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Walton DM, Lefebvre A & Reynolds D. (2015). The brief illness perceptions questionnaire identifies 3 classes of people seeking rehabilitation for mechanical neck pain. Manual Therapy, 20(3), 420-426. PMID 25466496.
  • Versteegh T, Hellyer L, Beaudet D, Green M & Walton DM. (2015). Evaluating the reliability of a novel neck strength assessment protocol using self-generated resistance with a handheld dynamometer in healthy subjects. Physiotherapy Canada, 67(1), 58-64.
  • Carlesso LC, Gross AR, MacDermid JC, Walton DM & Santaguida PL. (2015). Pharmacological, psychological, and patient education interventions for patients with neck pain: Results of an international survey. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 28(3), 561-573.
  • Walton DM, MacDermid JC, Pulickal M, Rollack A & Veitch J. (2014). Development and initial validation of the Satisfaction and Recovery Index (SRI) for measurement of recovery from musculoskeletal trauma. The Open Orthopaedics Journal, 8, 316-325.
  • Burrows B, Moreira P, Murphy C, Sadi J & Walton DM. (2014). Scaphoid fractures: a higher order analysis of clinical tests and application of clinical reasoning strategies. Manual Therapy, 19(5), 372-378. PMID: 24993797
  • Hamilton C, Walton DM & Chesworth H. (2014). Reliability and validity of two versions of the upper extremity functional index. Physiotherapy Canada, 66(3), 243-53.
  • Walton DM. (2014). The clinical relevance of outcome prediction in whiplash.  IN: Jull, Moore, Falla, Lewis, McCarthy, Sterling (eds.) Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4th Ed., Elsevier UK.
  • Gross A, MacDermid J, Walton DM & Goldsmith C. (2014). Classic and Alternative Designs in Clinical Research.  IN: Jull, Moore, Falla, Lewis, McCarthy, Sterling (eds.) Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4th Ed., Elsevier UK.

Research Affiliations

  • Hand and Upper Limb Centre Clinical Research Lab - St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Pain and Quality of Life Integrational Research Lab
  • Western Bone and Joint Institute
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Network
  • International Whiplash-Associated Disorder Consortium
  • WEAR-Me Mechatronics Research Lab
  • Robarts Research Institute

Teaching and Mentorship

  • Understanding pain in physical rehabilitation
  • Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Health and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Fields
    • Physical Therapy
    • Measurement and Methods
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Professional Education


  • FHS Teaching Award of Excellence - 2007, 2010
  • Western Faculty Scholar (2017-2020)
  • Western Teaching Fellow (2017-2020)
  • Canadian Pain Society Early Career Researcher Award (2016-2017)
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award (2014)

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
  • Executive committee member, International Association for the Study of Pain Education Special Interest Group
  • Steering Committee, 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education
  • Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Mental Health Research Advisory Board, Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Pain Research Advisory Board, Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator, Western Teaching Support Centre