Patricia McKinley

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information

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

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

Fax number: 
Email address: 
patricia.mckinley [at]
Associate Professor (retired); Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain

BA (Zoology) UCLA; MA (Developmental Biology) UCLA; PhD (Kinesiology) UCLA


Current research: 

The major focus of Dr McKinley's current research program is the investigation of leisure-based physical activities for promotion of health and well-being in vulnerable populations, with a special focus on dance as a rehabilitation tool.


Jewish Rehabilitation Centre

Research Areas: 

cognitive function development
leisure activities
vulnerable populations

Selected publications: 

Demers M, P McKinley. (2015) Feasibility of delivering a dance intervention for subacute stroke in a rehabilitation hospital. Intl J of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(3) 3120-3132.

Demers M, Thomas A, Wittich W and McKinley P. (2014) Implementing a novel dance intervention: perceived barriers and facilitators. Disability Rehabilitation 28:1-7.

Swaine B, Labbe D, Poldma T, Barile M, Fichton K, Havel A, Kehayia E, Mazer B, McKinley P, Rochette A. (2014) Exploring the barriers and facilitators to shopping mall facilities for persons with disabilities and strategies for improvement: perspectives from persons with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and shopkeepers. ALTER Journal of Disability Research 8:217-229.

Pinniger R, Brown R, Thorsteinsson E and McKinley P. Turning emotions into motion: Use of Argentine tango for persons with self-declared depression. J Complementary Medicine (in press).

Pearson I, Boyd J, Boyer-Remillard ME, Pilon-Piquette M and McKinley P. (2013). Une version Franco-Quebecoise du Sport concussion Assessment tool 2 (SCAT2); outil d’ evaluation pour commotions dans le sport2-Quebec (SCAT2_QC).  Physiotherapy Canada, 65(4): 378–383.

Lachance B, F Poncet, C Proulx Goulet, T Durand, F Messier, P. McKinley, B. Swaine. (2013) Exploration des retombées d’un atelier de thérapie par la danse sur l’intégration et la participation sociale des personnes adultes atteintes de déficiences motrices. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 56: e159-e160.

Pinniger R, Brown R, Thorsteinsson E and McKinley P. (2013). Tango dance can reduce distress and insomnia in people with self-referred affective symptoms. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 35(1):60-77.

Pinniger R, Brown R, Thorsteinsson E and McKinley P. (2013). Intensive tango program for people with self-referred affective symptoms. Music and Medicine, 5:15-22b.

Pinniger R, Brown R, Thorsteinsson E, and McKinley P.  (2013). Tango program for individuals with age-related macular degeneration. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 31:47-59.

Sofianidis G, Hatzitaki V and McKinley P. (2012). Expertise, auditory guidance and cultural influence on traditional dance performance. J Dance Medicine & Science, 16(2):57-64.

Pinniger R, Brown R, Thorsteinsson E and McKinley P. (2012). Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control: a randomized trial for treating depression. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20(6):377-384.

Li K, Roudaia E*, Lussier M, Bherer L, Leroux A and McKinley P. (2010). Benefits of cognitive dual-task training on balance performance in healthy older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences, 12:1344-1352.

Schneiberg, S*, McKinley P, Sveistrup H, Gisel E, Mayo N and Levin M. (2010). Task-oriented intervention and trunk restraint on upper limb movement quality in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52:245-253.

Schneiberg, S*, McKinley P, Gisel E, Sveistrup H and Levin M. (2010). Reliability of kinematic measures of functional reaching in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52: 167-173.

Duquette, J*, McKinley P, Mazer B, Gelinas I, Vanier M, Benoit D and Gresset, J. (2010). Impact of partial administration of the Cognitive Behavioral Driver’s Inventory on concurrent validity in individuals with brain injury. Am J of Occ Therapy, 64:279-287.