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

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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

Dr Archambault's research focuses on the use of technology for the rehabilitation of physical disabilities. Specifically, he is involved in the development and testing of a simulator for the training of power wheelchair driving skills. This simulator works on a standard computer, is low-cost, and can be used at home or in a clinical setting. Research so far has shown that participants drive similarly in the simulator and in a real wheelchair. An ongoing project is looking at the effects of simulator-training on real power wheelchair driving skills. In other works, Dr Archambault is looking at the effectiveness of robotic-based therapy to improve arm function in people with stroke. The robotic device works as a smart exercise system, able to offer assistance or resistance, as needed, to arm movements. His research is carried out at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital.

Selected publications: 
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Archambault, PS, Blackburn, E, Reid, D, Routhier, F and Miller, WC (2017). Development and user validation of driving tasks for a power wheelchair simulator. Disability and Rehabilitation 39: 1549-1556 [doi]
  • Tao, G and Archambault, PS (2016). Powered wheelchair simulator development: implementing combined navigation-reaching tasks with a 3D hand motion controller. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 13: 1-13 [doi]
  • Kairy, D, Veras, M, Archambault, PS, Hernandez, A, Higgins, J, M.F., L, Poissant, L, Raz, A and Kaizer, F (2016). Maximizing post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation using a novel telerehabilitation interactive virtual reality system in the patient’s home. Contemporary Clinical Trials 47 [doi]
  • Vafadar, AK, Cote, JN and Archambault, PS (2015). Sex differences in the shoulder joint position sense acuity: a cross-sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 16: 273 [pubmed] [doi]
  • Torkia, C, Reid, D, Korner-Bitensky, N, Kairy, D, Rushton, PW, Demers, L and Archambault, PS (2015). Power wheelchair driving challenges in the community: a users' perspective. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 10: 211-5 [pubmed] [doi]
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