Dr. Caroline Paquette

Associate Professor
Academic title(s): 

Associate Dean, Administration - Faculty of Education  | Director, Human Brain Control of Locomotion (HBCL) Laboratory

Dr. Caroline Paquette
Contact Information
Email address: 
caroline.paquette [at] mcgill.ca
514-398-4184 Ext 00890
Alternate phone: 

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Currie Gymnasium
475 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

Associate Dean
Kinesiology & Physical Education
Biomechanics, Neuroscience & Physiology
Areas of expertise: 
  • Motor Control
  • Neuroimaging
  • Non-invaisive Brain Stimulation
  • Neuroscience
  • Movement Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Aging
  • Electromyography
  • Motion Analysis, Movement Monitors
  • Locomotor Adaptation

Dr. Paquette is a kinesiologist specialized in motor control, more specifically in balance and locomotion and the director of the Human Brain Control of Locomotion laboratory at McGill University. Her work integrates biomechanics, non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging to better understand how our brain controls balance and locomotion. By advancing our understanding of how the brain control complex walking, she strives to help older adults and people with neurological impairment to regain or improve in their mobility as well as push athletic performance by developing potential evidence informed add-on tools and therapies. Her work is published in several high impact journals including: Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Neuroimage, Neuroscience, Gait & Posture, Neurorehabilitation and neural repair, Scientific Reports, Parkinsonism & related disorders.

  • Postdoctoral, Neurology, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Canada
  • Postdoctoral, Neuroscience, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, McGill University, Canada
  • MSc, Kinesiology, Laval University, Canada
  • BSc, Kinesiology, Laval University, Canada
Selected publications: 

Liu Y, Wu T, Iordachita II, Paquette C, Kazanzides P. Analysis of Human Head Motion and robotic Compensation for PET Imaging Studies. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2021 Nov;2021:4836-4839.

Potvin-Desrochers A, Paquette C. Potential non-invasive brain stimulation targets to alleviate freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience. 2021 Aug 1;468:366-376.

Edwards J, Black S, Boe S, Boyd L, Chaves A, Chen R, Dukelow S, Fung J, Kirton A, Meltzer J, Moussavi Z, Neva J, Paquette C, Ploughman M, Pooyania S, Rajji T, Roig M, Tremblay F, Thiel A. Canadian Platform for Trials in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (CanStim) Consensus Recommendations for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Upper Extremity Motor Stroke Rehabilitation Trials. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2021 Feb 35(2):103-116.

Hinton D, Conradsson D, Paquette C. Understanding human neural control of short-term gait adaptation to the split-belt treadmill Neuroscience. 2020 Dec 451(15):36-50.

Potvin-Desrochers A, Mitchell T, Gisiger T, Paquette C. Changes in resting-state functional connectivity related to freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience. 2019 Oct 15;418;311-317.

Hinton D, Thiel A, Soucy JP, Bouyer L, Paquette C. Adjusting gait step-by-step: Brain activation during split-belt treadmill walking. Neuroimage. 2019 Nov 15;202:116095.

Conradsson D, Hinton D, Paquette C. The effects of dual-tasking on temporal gait adaptation and de-adaptation to the split-belt treadmill in older adults. Experimental Gerontology. 2019 Oct 1;125:110655.

Mitchell T, Conradsson D, Paquette C. Gait and trunk kinematics during prolonged turning in Parkinson's disease with freezing of gait. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2019 Jul;64:188-193.

Mitchell T, Potvin-Desrochers A, Lafontaine AL, Monchi O, Thiel A, Paquette C. Cerebral metabolic changes in Parkinson’s disease with freezing of gait during complex walking. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2019 May;60(5):671-676.

Mitchell T, Starrs F, Soucy JP, Thiel A, Paquette C. Impaired sensorimotor processing during complex gait precedes behavioral changes in middle-aged adults. Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. 2019 Dec;74(12):1861–1869.

Graduate supervision: 

Accepting students for 2023-24

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