Philippe Archambault

Academic title(s): 


Philippe Archambault
Contact Information

Building: Davis House 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler
Office Room: D34B
Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5
Lab Room: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (Laval)
Lab Phone: 450-688-9550 ext 4832

Email address: 
philippe.archambault [at]
Professor; Co-Scientific director, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain

BSc (Physics) McGill; BSc (OT) McGill; MSc (Biomedical Engineering) Université de Montréal; PhD (Neuroscience) Université de Montréal; Postdoc (Neurophysiology of Movement), Rome.

Teaching areas: 

OCC1 623: Assistive technology

Current research: 
  • motor control, robotics, technology, virtual reality, wheelchair mobility

Prof Archambault's research focuses on the use of technology for the rehabilitation of physical disabilities through participatory research. Specifically, he is involved in the development and testing of virtual reality applications for the use of assistive mobility devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.). This simulator works on a standard computer, is low-cost, so that it can be used at home or in a clinical setting. Past research has shown that participants can improve their power wheelchair skills with practice in the virtual reality simulator. Ongoing work is looking at the development of simulators for manual wheelchair skills and for electric, four-wheel scooter skills. Prof Archambault also co-directs the Inclusive Society initiative, a province-wide ant intersectoral research network aiming to improve the social inclusion of persons with disabilities through participatory approaches. His research is carried out at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital.


Prof Philippe Archambault holds undergraduate degrees in physics and in occupational therapy from McGill University. He then pursued graduate work in neuroscience at Université de Montréal, where he studied the control and the coordination of arm movements by the nervous system. After postdoctoral work at the University of Rome (Italy) he started in 2006 an appointment at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University.

Selected publications: 


  • Tessier, A., Latulippe, K., Routhier, F., Raymond, E., Fiset, D., Corcuff, M., & Archambault, P. S. (2023). Strengths and limitations of the Inclusive Society research model: an autoethnography. Disabil Rehabil, 1-10.
  • Latulippe, K., Tessier, A., Routhier, F., Raymond, E., Fiset, D., Corcuff, M., & Archambault, P. S. (2023). Facilitators and challenges in partnership research aimed at improving social inclusion of persons with disabilities. Disabil Rehabil, 1-12.
  • Chaar, F., & Archambault, P. S. (2023). Usability of a Virtual Reality Manual Wheelchair Simulator. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 18(9), 1489-1499.
  • Allegue, D. R., Sweet, S. N., Higgins, J., Archambault, P. S., Michaud, F., Miller, W. C., Tousignant, M., & Kairy, D. (2022). Lessons Learned From Clinicians and Stroke Survivors About Using Telerehabilitation Combined With Exergames: Multiple Case Study. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol, 9(3), e31305.
  • Gefen, N., Archambault, P. S., Rigbi, A., & Weiss, P. L. (2022). Pediatric powered mobility training: powered wheelchair versus simulator-based practice. Assist Technol, 1-10.
  • Norouzi-Gheidari, N, Hernandez, A, Archambault, PS, Higgins, J, Poissant, L and Kairy, D (2020). Feasibility, Safety and Efficacy of a Virtual Reality Exergame System to Supplement Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Post-Stroke: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial and Proof of Principle. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17: 113 [doi]
  • Norouzi-Gheidari, N., Archambault, P. S., Monte-Silva, K., Kairy, D., Sveistrup, H., Trivino, M., Levin, M. F., & Milot, M. H. (2021). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a combined virtual reality, robotics and electrical stimulation intervention in upper extremity stroke rehabilitation. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 18, 61.
  • Yan, H., & Archambault, P. S. (2021). Augmented feedback for manual wheelchair propulsion technique training in a virtual reality simulator. J Neuroeng Rehabil, 18(1), 142.
  • Bigras, C, Owonuwa, DD, Miller, WC and Archambault, PS (2020). A scoping review of powered wheelchair driving tasks and performance outcomes Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 15: 76-91 [doi]
  • Torkia, C, Ryan, SE, Reid, D, Boissy, P, Lemay, M, Routhier, F, Contardo, R, Woodhouse, J and Archambault, PS (2019). Virtual community centre for power wheelchair training: experience of children and clinicians Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 14: 46-55 [doi]
  • Ogourtsova, T, Archambault, PS and Lamontagne, A (2019). Exploring barriers and facilitators to the clinical use of virtual reality for post-stroke unilateral spatial neglect assessment. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 14: 284-292 [doi]
  • Norouzi-Gheidari, N, Archambault, PS and Fung, J (2019). Robot-Assisted Reaching Performance of Chronic Stroke and Healthy Individuals in a Virtual versus a Physical Environment: A Pilot Study. Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering 27: 1273-1281 [doi]
  • Nguyen, AV, Ong, YLA, Luo, C, Thuarisingam, T, Rubino, M, Kaizer, F, Levin, MF and Archambault, PS (2019). Exergaming as Adjunctive Therapy in a Stroke Rehabilitation Setting: Facilitators and Barriers. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 14: 317-324 [doi]
  • Campeau-Vallerand, C, Michaud, F, Routhier, F, Archambault, PS, Létourneau, D, Gélinas-Bronsard, D and Auger, C (2019). Development of a Web-based Monitoring System for Power Tilt-in-space Wheelchairs: Formative Evaluation. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol 6: e13560 [doi]
  • Bigras, C, Kairy, D and Archambault, PS (2019). Augmented feedback for powered wheelchair training in a virtual environment. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 16: 12 [doi]
  • Beaudoin, M, Lettre, J, Routhier, F, Archambault, PS, Lemay, M and Gelinas, I (2019). Long-Term Use of the JACO Robotic Arm: A Case Series. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 14: 267-275 [doi]
  • Sorrento, G, Archambault, PS and Fung, J (2018). Adaptation and post-adaptation effects of haptic forces on locomotion in healthy young adults. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 15: 20 [doi]
  • Scherrer, S-A, Chu Yu Chee, J, Vu, N, Lu, P, Ishack, M and Archambault, PS (2018). Experts’ opinion on manual wheelchair adjustments for adults with diabetes. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 13: 78-86 [doi]
  • Ogourtsova, T, Archambault, PS, Sangani, S and Lamontagne, A (2018). Ecological Virtual Reality Evaluation of Neglect Symptoms (EVENS): Effects of virtual scene complexity in the assessment of post-stroke unilateral spatial neglect. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair 32: 46-61 [doi]
  • Brahmi, B, Saad, M, Lam, JTAT, Ochoa Luna, C, Archambault, PS and Rahman, MH (2018). Adaptive control of a 7-DOF exoskeleton robot with uncertainties on kinematics and dynamics. European Journal of Control 42: 77-87 [doi]
  • Beaudoin, M, Routhier, F, Lettre, J, Archambault, PS, Gelinas, I and Lemay, M (2018). Impacts of Robotic Arm Use on Individuals with Upper Extremity Disabilities: A Scoping Review. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 85: 397-407 [doi]
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