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Matthew Hunt

Assistant Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain www.crir.ca

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Office Room: H-205

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Office Phone: 514-398-4400 ext. 00289

matthew [dot] hunt [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)





  • Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Director of Research, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation
  • Associate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit
  • Associate Member, Institute for Health and Social Policy
  • Associate Member, Division of Experimental Medicine
  • Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Shriners Hospital for Children (Montreal).


Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Research on Ethics, University of Montreal (2009-11)
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of McMaster University (2008-11)
PhD in Experimental Medicine - McGill
MSc in Experimental Medicine (Specialization in Bioethics) - McGill
BSc in Physical Therapy - McGill


POTH-616 Seminars in Rehabilitation Science: Introduction to Qualitative Rehabilitation Research
Responsible for ethics teaching across the undergraduate and professional Master’s OT and PT curricula


I chair the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Shriners Hospital.  Previously I have been the clinical ethics consultant at three rehabilitation hospitals in Montreal. 
I have worked as a physiotherapist in several pediatric settings in Montreal, and in Northern Quebec, North Africa and the Balkans.

 Research Interests:

  • Ethics and rehabilitation care and intistitutions
  • Global health ethics
  • Humanitarian healthcare ethics
  • Disability and health equity
  • Empirical bioethics

Currently funded research:

  • Ethics and humanitarian healthcare policy and practice (CIHR)
  • Disaster research ethics (CIHR) 
  • Ethics and health equity in disaster response (CIHR)
  • Priority setting and access to physiotherapy services in Canada (CIHR)
  • Supporting the training of rehabilitation providers in Haiti (McBurney Advanced Training Program)
  • Ethics training for humanitarian health workers (Jonathan Campbell Meakins and Family Memorial Fellowship in Medical Education).

Selected Publications:

Global health

Hunt M, L Schwartz, J Pringle, R Boulanger, E Nouvet, D O’Mathuna, Participants of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Forum (2014). A research agenda for humanitarian Health Ethics.  PLOS Currents Disasters. Aug 12. DOI: 10.1371/currents.dis.8b3c24217d80f3975618fc9d9228a144.

Hunt M, L Schwartz, C Sinding and L Elit. (2014). The ethics of engaged presence: a framework for health professionals in humanitarian assistance and development work. Developing World Bioethics. 14(1): 47-55.

Hunt M, P Gogognon, V Ridde (2014). Ethical considerations related to participation and partnership: An investigation of stakeholders’ perceptions of an action-research project on user fee removal for the poorest in Burkina Faso. BMC Medical Ethics. 15:13; DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-13.

Smith E, M Hunt, Z Master. (2014). Authorship Ethics in Global Health Research Partnerships Between Researchers from Low or Middle Countries and High Income Countries. BMC Medical Ethics. 15:42; DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-42

Eckenwiler L and M Hunt (2014). Counter-terrorism, ethics and global health. Hastings Centre Report. 44(3): 12-13

Clarinval C and M Hunt  (2014). Disaster, displacement and justice: Powers and Faden's theory of social justice and the obligations of non-governmental organizations' towards Internally Displaced Persons. Bioethica Forum. 7(2): 62-71.

Hunt M and B Godard (2013).  Beyond procedural ethics: Foregrounding justice in global health research ethics training for students. Global Public Health. 8 (6): 713-24.

Hunt M, L Schwartz, V Fraser. (2013). “How far do you go and where are the issues surrounding that?” Dilemmas at the boundaries of clinical competency in humanitarian health work. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 28 (5): 502-8.

Hunt M, C Sinding, L Schwartz. (2013). Tragic choices in humanitarian healthcare practice. Journal of Clinical Ethics. 23(4): 338-344.


Hudon A, M Laliberté, M Hunt and D Feldman. (2015). Quality of physiotherapy services for injured workers compensated by workers’ compensation in Quebec: a focus group study of physiotherapy professionals. Healthcare Policy. 10(3): 32-47.

Durocher E, A Kinsella, C Ells, M Hunt. (2015). Contradictions in client-centered discharge planning: through the lens of relational autonomy. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Early online.

Riendeau C, M-E Lebel-Gabriel, P Gauvin, V Parent Houle, LY Liu, I Pearson, M Hunt. (2015). An investigation of how university sports team athletic therapists and physical therapists experience ethical issues. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.  45(3): 198-206.

Hudon A, M-J Gervais, M Hunt. (2015). The contribution of conceptual frameworks to knowledge translation interventions in physical therapy. Physical Therapy Journal. 95(6): 630-639.

Hudon A, M Laliberté, M Hunt, V Sonier, B William-Jones, B Mazer, V Badro, D Ehrmann Feldman (2014). What place for ethics? An overview of ethics teaching in Occupational and Physiotherapy programs in Canada. Disability and Rehabilitation. 36(9):775-780.

Laliberté M, M Hunt, B Williams-Jones, D Feldman (2013). Health professionals and bedbugs: an ethical analysis of a resurgent scourge. HEC Forum. 25 (3): 245-255.

Hunt, M and C Ells (2013). A patient-centered ethics analysis model for rehabilitation. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 92 (9): 818-27.