Bernadette Nedelec

Academic title(s): 


Bernadette Nedelec
Contact Information

Building: Davis House, 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler

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

Lab Office: Villa Medica Rehabilitation Hospital

Lab Phone: 288-8201 x4341

Fax number: 
Email address: 
bernadette.nedelec [at]
Professor; Occupational Therapy Program

BSc (OT), PhD Experimental Surgery (University of Alberta), Post-doctoral Studies (Nutrition) Université de Montréal


Teaching areas: 

OCC1 545 Therapeutic Strategies in Occupational Therapy 1


Current research: 

Dr Nedelec's area of expertise is the cellular and molecular biology of hypertrophic scar and the rehabilitation of burn survivors. Her current research projects focus on: 1) the evaluation of clinical instruments used to quantify hypertrophic scar and its associated symptoms, 2) the efficacy of treatment interventions employed to minimize this pathology and its associated morbidities, 3) practice issues related to evidence-based practice in burn survivor rehabilitation, and 4) the comprehensive evaluation of the short- and long-term consequences of burn injuries in adults.


Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Hôpital de réadaptation Villa Medica

Research Areas: 

assessment and treatment
burn survivor rehabilitation
hypertrophic scar pathophysiology

Selected publications: 

Edger-Lacoursière Z Nedelec B Marois-Pagé E de Oliveira A Couture MA Calva V Correa JA Systematic Quantification of Hypertrophic Scar in Adult Burn Survivors. European Burn Journal, 2(3), 88-105, 2021

Robillard AS Gane C Royea C Lacasse L Calva V de Oliveira A Nedelec B Cross-cultural translation, adaptation and validation of the Burnt Hand Outcome Tool (BHOT) from English to French Canadian. Burns 47(10):175-189, 2021

Langlois J Vincent-Toskin S Duchesne P Soares de Vilhena B Shashoua D Calva V de Oliveira A Nedelec B Fear-avoidance beliefs and behaviors of burn survivors: a mixed methods approach. Burns 47(1):175-189, 2021

Nedelec B LaSalle L de Oliveira A Correa JA Within-Patient, Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Triamcinolone Acetonide Injections for the Treatment of Hypertrophic Scar in Adult Burn Survivors. J Burn Care & Res. 41(4):761-9, 2020

Parry I Schneider JC Yelvington M Sharp P Serghiou M Ryan C Richardson E Pontius K Niszczak J McMahon M Macdonald LA Lorello D LaBonte E Knox C Godleski M Forbes L Duch S Crump D Chouinard A Calva V Bills S Benavides L Acharya H de Oliveira A Boruff J Nedelec B Systematic Review and Expert Consensus on the Use of Orthoses (Splints and Casts) with Adults and Children after Burn Injury to Determine Practice Guidelines. J Burn Care Res 41(3):503-534, 2020

Nedelec B de Oliveira A Calva V Couture MA Poulin C LaSalle L Correa JA Longitudinal Evaluation of Pressure Applied by Custom Fabricated Garments Worn by Adult Burn Survivors. J Burn Care Res 41(2);254-262, 2020

Lamble M Seto V Ye Z Couture C de Oliveira A Calva V Couture MA Poulin C LaSalle LNedelec B Perceived Value of a Knowledge Translation Intervention Designed to Facilitate Burn Survivors’ Work Reintegration, J Burn Care Res 40(6): 846-856, 2019

Nedelec B Calva V Couture MA Chouinard A Shashoua D Correa JA de Oliveira A Mazer B LaSalle L Randomized Controlled Trial of the Immediate and Long-term Effect of Massage on Adult Postburn Scar. Burns, 45:128-139, 2019

Germain L Larouche D Nedelec B Perrault I Duranceau L Bortoluzzi P Beaudoin Cloutier C Genest H Caouette-Laberge L Dumas A Bussière A Boghossian E Kanevsky J Leclerc Y Lee J Nguyen MT Bernier V Knoppers BM Moulin VJ Auger FA Autologous bilayered self-assembled skin substitutes (SASS) as permanent grafts: a case series of 14 severely burned patients indicating clinical effectiveness. European Cells and Materials, 36:123-136, 2018

Shankland B Nedelec B A client-centered approach for thumb carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis pain: Two case studies. J Hand Ther 31:265-260, 2018

Couture MA Calva V de Oliveira A LaSalle L Forget N Nedelec B Development and clinimetric evaluation of the Mouth Impairment and Disability Assessment (MIDA). Burns 44(4):980-994, 2018 

Nedelec B LaSalle L Postburn Itch: A Review of the Literature. Wounds 30(1):10-16, 2018 PMID: 29406295

Saunders SL MacEachen E Nedelec B Work remains meaningful despite time out of the workplace and chronic pain.  Disability and Rehabilitation 24:1-8, 2017 PMID: 28539092

Shankland B Beaton D Ahmed S Nedelec B Association of pain and strength with activity and participation after a client-centered treatment program for thumb carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis. J Hand Ther, 30(3):307-313, 2017 

Nedelec B Carrougher GJ Pain and Pruritus Postburn Injury. J Burn Care Res 38(3):142-5, 2017 

Parry I Forbes L Lorello D Benavides L Calvert C Hsu C Chouinard A Godleski M Helm P Holavanahalli RK Kemp-Offenberg J Ruiz CE Shon R Schneider JC Shetler M Suman OE Nedelec B Burn Rehabilitation Therapists Competency Tool – Version 2: An Expansion to Include Long Term Rehabilitation and Outpatient Care. J Burn Care Res 38(1):e261-e268, 2017 

Nguyen NT Lorrain M Pogno-Hanna JN Elfassy C Calva V de Oliveira A Nedelec B Burn survivor’s perspective on the value of an educational tool to facilitate work reintegration. Burns 42(7):1477-86, 2016 

Nedelec B Forget N Hurtubise T Cimino S de Muszka F Legault A Liu WL de Oliveira A Calva V Correa JA Skin Characteristics: Normative Data for elasticity, erythema, melanin and thickness at 16 different anatomical locations. Skin Research and Technology 22(3):263-275, 2016 

Nedelec B Parry I Acharya H Benavides L Bills S Bucher JL Cheal J Chouinard A Crump D Duch S Godleski M Guenther J Knox C Labonte E Lorello D Lucio JX Macdonald, LE Kemp-Offenberg, J Osborne, C Pontius, K Yelvington, M de Oliveira, A Kloda LA Practice Guidelines for Cardiovascular Fitness and Strengthening Exercise Prescription after Burn Injury. J Burn Care Res 37(6):e539-558, 2016 

Nedelec B Calva V Chouinard A Couture MA Godbout E de Oliveira A LaSalle L Somatosensory Rehabilitation for Neuropathic Pain in Burn Survivors: A Case Series, J Burn Care Res 37(1):e37-46, 2016 

Saunders SL MacEachen E Nedelec B Understanding and building upon effort to return to work by the long-term work disabled and unemployed. Work 52(1):103-14, 2015 

Nedelec B, Carter A, Forbes-Duchart L, Hsu SCC, McMahon M, Parry I, Ryan CM, Serghiou MA, Schneider JC, Sharp PA, de Oliveira A, Boruff J. (2015) Practice Guidelines for the Application of Nonsilicone or Silicone Gels and Gel Sheets after Burn Injury. J Burn Care Res 36:345-74.

Nedelec B, Correa JA, de Oliveira A, LaSalle L, Perrault I. (2014) Longitudinal burn scar quantification. Burns 40(8):1504-12.

Saunders S and Nedelec B. (2014) The meaning of work for the work disabled: a scoping review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 24(1):100-10.

Occupational Therapy
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