Matthew Hunt

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor | Director of Research

Contact Information

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

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

514-398-4400 Ext 00289
Email address: 
matthew.hunt1 [at]
Associate Professor and Director of Research; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain

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

Teaching areas: 

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

Current research: 

Research Interests:

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

Currently funded research:

Palliative care in humanitarian crises (R2HC)

Ebola research and moral experience (R2HC)

Global health ethics (FRQS)

Research in situations of disaster (CIHR)

Supporting the training of rehabilitation providers in Haiti (McBurney Advanced Training Program)

Ethics training for humanitarian health workers (Jonathan Campbell Meakins Fellowship in Medical Education).

Professional activities: 


Associate 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

Selected publications: 

Hunt, Matthew, Cathy Tansey, James Anderson, Renaud Boulanger, Lisa Eckenwiler, John Pringle, Lisa Schwartz. (2016). The challenge of timely, responsive and rigorous ethics review of disaster research: Views of research ethics committee members. PLoS ONE. 11(6): e0157142.

Stephen Clarke, Jessica Barudin, Matthew Hunt. (2016). Community Based Rehabilitation and Ethics: Eight Ethical Questions Arising from a Review of the Literature. Physiotherapy Canada. 68(2):197-205.

Boulanger, Renaud, Matthew Hunt, Solomon Benatar. (2016). Where caring is sharing: Evolving ethical considerations in tuberculosis prevention among healthcare workers. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 62: S268-274.

Olivier, Catherine, Matthew Hunt, Valéry Ridde. (2016) NGO-Researcher partnerships in global health research: benefits, challenges, and approaches that promote success. Development in Practice. 26(4): 444-455.

Eckenwiler Lisa, Renaud Boulanger, John Pringle, Matthew Hunt. (2015). Real-time responsiveness and disaster research ethics. Bioethics.  29(9): 653-661.

Eckenwiler, Lisa, Matthew Hunt, Ayesha Ahmad, Philippe Calain, Angus Dawson, Robert Goodin, Daniel Messelken, Leonard Rubenstein, Verina Wild (2015).  Counterterrorism Policies and Practices: Global Health and Values at Stake. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 93: 737-738.

Laliberté, Maude, Anne Hudon, Barbara Mazer, Matthew Hunt, Debbie Feldman, Bryn Williams-Jones. (2015). An in-depth analysis of ethics teaching in Canadian Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programs. Disability and Rehabilitation. 37(24): 2305-2311.

Hunt, Matthew, Ryoa Chung, Evelyne Durocher, Jean Hugues Henrys. (2015). Haitian and international responders’ and decision-makers’ perspectives regarding disability and the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Global Health Action. 8: 27968.

Fraser, Veronique, Matthew Hunt, Sonya de Laat, Lisa Schwartz.  (2015). Development of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Analysis Tool. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  30(4): 412-420.

Hudon, Anne, Maude Laliberté, Matthew Hunt and Debbie 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, Evelyne, Anne Kinsella, Carolyn Ells, Matthew Hunt. (2015) Contradictions in client-centered discharge planning: through the lens of relational autonomy. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 22(4): 293-301.

Riendeau, Catherine, Marie Eve Lebel-Gabriel, Patrick Gauvin, Valérie Parent Houle, Le Yu Liu, Isabelle Pearson, Matthew 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, Anne, Mathieu-Joel Gervais, Matthew Hunt. (2015). The contribution of conceptual frameworks to knowledge translation interventions in physical therapy. Physical Therapy Journal. 95(6): 630-639.

Nixon, Stephanie A. and Matthew Hunt. (2015). Global health: Where do physiotherapy and rehabilitation research fit in? Physiotherapy Canada. Editorial. 67(3): 219-220.

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

Hunt, Matthew, Lisa Schwartz, John Pringle, Renaud Boulanger, Elysée Nouvet, Donal 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, Matthew, Lisa Schwartz, Christina Sinding and Laurie 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, Matthew, Patrick Gogognon, Valéry 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, Elise, Matthew Hunt, Zubin 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

Clarinval, Caroline and Matthew 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.

Ridde, Valéry, Anne-Marie Turcotte-Tremblay, Aurélia Souares, Julia Lohmann, Maurice Yaogo, Hervé Hien, Matthew Hunt, Sylvie Zongo, Manuela De Allegri. (2014). Protocol for the Process Evaluations on Interventions Combining Performance-Based Financing With Health Equity in Burkina Faso. Implementation Science.  9: 149. DOI: 10.1186/s13012-014-0149-1

Godard, Béatrice, Matthew Hunt et Zephirin Moube (2014). Éthique de la recherche en santé mondiale : la relation nord-sud, quel partenariat pour quelle justice sociale ? Global Health Promotion. 21(2): 80-87.

Hudon, Anne, Maude Laliberté, Matthew Hunt, Vickie Sonier, Bryn William-Jones, Barbara Mazer, Valérie Badro, Debbie 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.