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
  • Trauma, pain, and disability in adults
  • Scale design, measurement theory and evaluation
  • 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

Featured Projects

  • The SYMBIOME project (Systematic Merging of Biology, Mental Health, and Environment) – predicting and explaining acute-to-recovery/chronicity longitudinal cohort study. clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT02711085
  • The Physio Moves Canada project – locating physiotherapy practice in an evolving world
  • The VISION project (Virtual Interfac for Stress Trauma Investigations through open-world navigation) – using virtual reality platforms for human-focused evaluation of simulated traumas
  • The ‘Good Physio’ project – exploring, conceptualizing, troubling, and defining the traits of a good physiotherapist
  • Professional identity development through pain-focused education
  • Sex- and gender-based analysis of pain and related disability

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

Research Affiliations

  • Dept. of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Pain and Quality of Life Integrational Research Lab
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Western Bone and Joint Institute
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Network
  • International Whiplash-Associated Disorder Consortium
  • WEAR-Me Mechatronics Research Lab
  • Robarts Research Institute
  • Hand and Upper Limb Centre Clinical Research Lab - St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Parkwood Hospital Operational Stress Injuries Clinic

Teaching and Mentorship

  • Understanding pain in physical rehabilitation
  • Professional Consolidation
  • Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Health and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Fields
    • Physical Therapy
    • Measurement and Methods
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Professional Education
  • Advanced Health Care Practice (Master of Clinical Science) - Interprofessional Pain Management


  • 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)
  • Ontario Early Reseacher Award (2016-2020)
  • 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