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November / December 2023

Bédard, M., Maxwell, H., Weaver, B., Stinchcombe, A., Gélinas, I., Mazer, B., … & Marshall, S. (2023). Older drivers reduced engagement in distracting behaviors over a six-year period: Findings from the Candrive longitudinal study . The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Villeneuve, M., Ogourtsova, T., Deblock-Bellamy, A., Blanchette, A., Buhler, M.A., Fung, J., McFadyen, B.J., Menon, A., Perez, C., Sangani, S., & Lamontagne, A. (2023). Development of a virtual reality-based intervention for community walking post stroke: an integrated knowledge translation approach. Disability and Rehabilitaiton.

Waisman-Nitzan, M., Ivzori, Y., & Anaby, D. (2023). Promoting Participation-Focused Practices in Inclusive Educational Settings: Stakeholders’ Perspectives Following a Knowledge Translation Initiative. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Robbins,S.M., Teoli, A., Huk, O.L., Zukor, D.J., & Antoniou, J. (2023). Inter-segment coordination amplitude and variability during gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis and asymptomatic adults. Gait and Posture,

Brennan, J., Kelleher, M., Motto-Ochoa, R., Blain-Moraes, S., & Sullivan, L.S. (2023). Situated Personhood: Insights from Caregivers of Minimally Communicative Individuals. IJFAB, 16(2).

Shi, Zhiyang, Comeau, J., Bloom, G.A., Gainforth, H., Thomas, A., & Sweet, S.N. (2023). Delivery of a community-based peer mentorship program for people with spinal cord injury at a rehabilitation center. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2023.1296505

Brière-Dulude, S., Melgares, L., Labourot, J., Deslauriers, T., Gélinas, I., Layani, G., & Vachon, B. (2023). Sondage sur les pratiques des médecins de famille et sur la collaboration interprofessionnelle avec des ergothérapeutes en GMF quant au dépistage des conducteurs à risque. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Hsieh, Y.H., Ryan, M., & Anaby, D. (2023). Towards multi-faceted outcomes of participation-based interventions: mapping the PREP’s effects for children and youth with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Easson, K., Khairy, M., Rohlicek, C.V., Gilbert, G., Majnemer, A., Nguyen, K.A., Luu, T.M., Couture, E., Nuyt, A.M., Deoni, S.C., Descoteaux, M., & Brossard-Racine, M. (2023). White matter microstructure is differently associated with executive functioning in youth born with congenital heart disease and youth born preterm. Brain and Behavior,

Hunt, M., Beaulieu, I.M., & Saeed, H.M. (2023). What Does ‘Closing Well’ Entail for Humanitarian Project Data? Seven Questions as Humanitarian Health Projects Are (Being) Closed or Handed Over. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, 5(2).

Kim, S., Rochette, A., Ahmed, S., Arcchambault, P.S., … Kehayia, E., Kinsella, E.A., … Snider, L., Swaine, B., … & Thomas, A. (2023). Creating synergies among education/research, practice, and policy environments to build capacity for the scholar role in occupational therapy and physiotherapy in the Canadian context. Advances in Health Sciences Education.

Davis, G.A., Schneider, K.J., … Gagnon, I., … Yeates, K.O., Zemek, R., Patricios, J.S. (2023). Pediatric Sport-related Concussion: Recommendations From the Amsterdam Consensus Statement 2023. Pediatrics, e2023063489.

Ryan, M., Shahin, S., Waisman-Nitzan, M., & Anaby, D. (2023). Is the Y-PEM useful for me? Perspectives of youth with visual impairment. Disability and Rehabilitation.


January / February 2024

Giroux, C.M., Maggio, L.A., Saldanha, C., Bussières, A., & Thomas, A. (2023). Twitter as a Mechanism of Knowledge Translation in Health Professions Education: An Exploratory Content Analysis. Journal of the Netherlands Association of Medical Education, 12(1), 529-539. DOI: 10.5334/pme.1053

Kleiner, M.J., Kinsella, E.A., Miciak, M., Teachman, G., & Walton, D.M. (2023) From reflection to phronesis in ‘good’ physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Bussières, A., Hancock, M.J., Elklit, A., Ferreira, M.L., Ferreira, P.H., Stone, L.S., Wideman, T.H., Boruff, J.T., Al Zoubi, F., Chaudhry, F., Tolentino, R., & Hartvigsen, J. (2023). Adverse childhood experience is associated with an increased risk of reporting chronic pain in adulthood: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Psychotaumatology. doi: 10.1080/20008066.2023.2284025

Frisch, N., Heischel, L., Wanner, P., Kern, S., Gursoy, C.N., Roig, M., Feld, G., & Steib, S. (2023). An acute bout of high-intensity exercise affects nocturnal sleep and sleep-dependent memory consolidation. Journal of Sleep Research. e14126. doi: 10.1111/jsr.14126

Moore, L., Abdeljelil, a.B., … Gagnon, I.J., Yanchar, N., … & Freire, G.C. (2023). Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations in Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Ferre, P., Zidarov, D., Vincent, C., Vakil, P., Higgins, J., Beaulieu, L.D., Milot, M.H., Boudrias, M.H. (2023). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurological rehabilitation: A retrospective mixed methods study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. DOI:

Anaby, D.R., Avery, L., Palisano, R.J., Levin, M.F., Khayargoli, P., Hsieh, Y.H., Gorter, J.W., Teplicky, R., & BEYOND Consult Team (2023). Environment-based approaches to improve participation of young people with physical disabilities during COVID-19. Dev Med Child Neurol. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.15822

Lévesque, M.C., Kutcher, A., Roy, L., Linton, P., Trapper, L., Torrie, J.E., & Macdonald, M.E. (2023). Eeyou/Eenou community voices on ‘doing’ Miyupimaatisiiun (wellness) planning: An occupational transactional perspective. Journal of Occupational Science.

Kaelin, V., Saluja, S., Bosak, D.L., Anaby, D., Werler, M., & Khetani, M.A. (2024). Caregiver Strategies Supporting Community Participation Among Children and Youth with or at Risk for Disabilities: A Mixed-Methods Study. Fronteries in Pediatrics. doi: 10.3389/fped.2024.1345755

Keshner, E.A., Fung, J., & Bhatt. (2024). Editorial: Current state of postural research - Moving beyond the balance platform. Frontiers in Neurology.

Ataman, R., Ahmed, S., Berta, W., & Thomas, A. (2024). Collaborative sustainability planning for an outcome measure in outpatient stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative description study. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. DOI: 10.1111/jep.13963

Heslon, K., Hanson, J.H., & Ogourtsova, T. (2024). Mental Health in Children with Disabilities and Their Families: Red Flags, Services' Impact, Facilitators, Barriers, and Proposed Solutions. Front. Rehabil. Sci. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2024.1347412

Wideman, T. (2024). Some Reflections on Whole Person Research, The International Journal of Whole Person Care. 11(1), 1-4.

De Las Heras, B., Rodrigues, L., Cristini, J., Moncion, K., Ploughman, M., Tang, A., Fung, J., & Roig, M. (2024). Measuring Neuroplasticity in Response to Cardiovascular Exercise in People With Stroke: A Critical Perspective. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Ogourtsova, T., Gonzalez, M., Zerbo, A., Gavin, F., Shikako, K., Weiss, J., & Majnemer, A. (2024). Lessons learned in measuring patient engagement in a Canada-wide childhood disability network. Research Involvement and Engagement. 10(18).

Malo, M.F., Janaudis-Ferreira, T., Affdal, A., Gallego, F.A., Boulianne-Gref, J., Cantarovich, M., Ingram, E., Mangahas, L., Tansey, C.M., Sapir-Pichhadze, R., & Fortin, M.C. (2024). KEeP ACTIVe Club Study: Kidney Transplant Recipients’ Experiences of a Physical Activity and Social Interaction Virtual Group. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease 11(1-12).

Lackie, K., Miller, S., Brown, M., Mireault, A., Helwig, M., Beatty, L., Picketts, L., Stilwell, P., & Houk, S. (2024). Interprofessional collaboration between health professional learners when breaking bad news: a scoping review of teaching approaches. JBI Evidence Synthesis. DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-22-00437

Zukerman, N., Bottone, E., Low, M., & Ogourtsova, T. (2024). Resilience and adolescence-transition in youth with developmental disabilities and their families: a scoping review. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science.

Tomita, Y., Mullick, A.A., Feldmean, A.G., & Levin, M.F. (2024). Altered Anticipatory Postural Adjustments During Whole-Body Reaching in Subjects With Stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. doi:10.1177/15459683241231528






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