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Latest Publications and Research in the News


Anaby, D., Ryan, M., Palisano, R.J., Levin, M.F., Gorter, J.W., Avery, L., Cormier, I., Teplicky, R., Coulter, J., & Hanes, J. (2021). Participation during a Pandemic: Forging new pathways. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2021.1875739

Dechman, G., Aceron, R., Beauchamnp, M., Bhutani, M., Bourbeau, J., Brooks, D., Goldstein, R., Goodridge, D., Hernandez, P., Janaudis-Ferreira, T., Saey, D., Marciniuk, D., Olsen, S.R., Penz, E., Ryerson, C., Wald, J., Weatherald, J., & Stickland, M.K. (2020). Delivering pulmonary rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Canadian Thoracic Society position statement. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/24745332.2020.1828683

What does it mean to be made vulnerable in the era of COVID-19? Ahmad A, Chung R, Eckenwiler L, Ganguli-Mitra A, Hunt M, Richards R, Saghai Y, Schwartz L, Scully JL, Wild V. Lancet.


March 2021

Duclos, C., Nadin, D., Mahdid, Y., Tarnal, V., Picton, P., Vanini, G., Golmirzaie, G., Janke, E., Avidan, M.S., Kelz, M.B., Mashour, G.A., & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). Brain network motifs are markers of loss and recovery of consciousness. Scientific Reports, 11, 3892.

Thomas, A., Bussières, A. (2021). Leveraging knowledge translation and implementation science in the pursuit of evidence informed health professions education. Advances in Health Sciences Education.

Motta-Ochoa, R., Serra, N.I., Frantz, A., & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). Enacting agency: movement, dementia, and interaction. Arts & Health,

Fonteyne, L., Guinois-Côté, S., Perugino, L., Truong, M., Zaichenko, D., Lord, M.J., Brown, C., & Preuss, R. (2021). Interrater Reliability among Novice Raters in the Assessment of Pelvic Floor Muscle Tone Using the Reissing Tone Scale. Physiotherapy Canada,

Motta-Ochoa, R., Leibing, A., Bresba, P., Williams, M., Shaffer, S., Julien, O., Racine, E., & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). “You’re Part of Us and We’re Happy to Have You Here”: Practices of Social Inclusion for Persons with Dementia. Clinical Gerontologist.

Hunt, M., Clarke, S., & Lencucha, R. (2021). When a patient’s choices entail risks for others: third-party risks, relational ethics, and responsibilities of rehabilitation professionals. Disability and Rehabilitation, 43(6), 870-876. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1637950

Subramanian, S.K., Baniña, M.C., Turolla, A., & Levin, M.F. (2021). Reaching Performance Scale for Stroke ‐ Test retest reliability, measurement error, concurrent and discriminant validity. PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation.

Hung, A., Roig, M., Gillen, J.B., Sabiston, C.M., Swardfager, W. & Chen, J.L. (2021). Aerobic exercise and aerobic fitness level do not modify motor learning. Scientific Reports, 11, 5366.

Wittich, W., Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Johnson, A., Joubert, S., Kehayia, E., Bachir, V., Aubin, G., Jaiswal, A., Phillips, N. (2021). Effect of Reading Rehabilitation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration on Cognitive Functioning: Protocol for a Nonrandomized Pre-Post Intervention Study. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(3) e19931. doi: 10.2196/19931

Keshner, E.A., & Lamontagne, A. (2021). The Untapped Potential of Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation of Balance and Gait in Neurological Disorders. Frontiers in Virtual Reality,

Frenkel-Toledo, S., Solomon, J.M., Shah, A., Baniña, M.C., Berman, S., Soroker, N., Liebermann, D., & Levin, M.F. (2021). Tonic stretch reflex threshold as a measure of spasticity after stroke: reliability, minimal detectable change and responsiveness. Clinical Neurophysiology.


February 2021

Zeidan, J., Joseph, L., Camde, C., Shevell, M., Oskoui, M., Lamotte, P., & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2021). Look Around Me: Environmental and Socio-Economic Factors Related to Community Participation for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Québec. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2020.1867693

Roy, L., Leclair, M. C., Côté, M., Crocker, A. G. (2020). Homelessness, mental health and justice: Experiences and perceptions of service users in Montreal. Criminologie, 53(2), 359-383.

Hasanbarani, F., Batalla, M.A.P., Feldman, A.G., & Levin, M.F. (2021). Mild Stroke Affects Pointing Movements Made in Different Frames of Reference. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Lai, J., Luo, O.D., Klag, M., & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2021). Caregiver perceptions of care of a medical-dental community clinic for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities: Implementing a program evaluation. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability,

Bednarczyk, C., Tansey, C.M., Fontaine, S., Baker, S., Laberge, E., Mathur, S., Lambert, H., & Janaudis-Ferreira, T. (2021). Community-based exercise program for solid organ transplant recipients: Views of exercise professionals and patients. McGill Journal of Medicine, 19(1).

Zomahoun, H.T., Visca, R., George, N., & Ahmed, S. (2021). Effectiveness and harms of clinical decision support systems for referral within chronic pain practice: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 10(53).

Alarie, C., Gagnon, I., Enrico, Q., Teel, E., & Swaine, B. (2021). Physical activity interventions for individuals with a mild tramatic brain injury: A scoping review. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000639

Sahadewo, G.A., Drope, J., Witoelar, F., Li, Q., & Lencucha, R. (2021). The Economics of Tobacco Farming in Indonesia: Results from Two Waves of a Farm-Level Survey. Tabaconomics.

Ippersiel, P., Preuss, R., Fillion, A., Jean-Louis, J., Woodrow, R., Zhang, Q., Robbins, S.M. (2021). Inter-joint coordination and the flexion-relaxation phenomenon among adults with low back pain during bending. Gait and Posture, 85, 164-170.

Srinivasan, R., Kulkarni, V., Smriti, S., Teplicky, R., & Anaby, D. (2021). Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Evaluation of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth to the Indian Context—A Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 1514.

Xifra-Porxas, A., Ghosh, A., Mitsis, G.D., & Boudrias, M.H. (2021). Estimating brain age from structural MRI and MEG data: Insights from dimensionality reduction techniques. NeuroImage, 231(1), 117822.

Janaudis‐Ferreira, T., Tansey, C.M., Mathur, S., Blydt‐Hansen, T., Lamoureaux, J., Räkel, A., de Sousa Maia, N.P., Bussières, A., Ahmed, S., & Boruff, J. (2021), The effects of exercise training in adult solid organ transplant recipients: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Transplant International. Accepted Author Manuscript.

Ippersiel, P., Robbins, S.M., & Dixon, P.C. (2021). Lower-limb coordination and variability during gait: The effects of age and walking surface. Gait & Posture, 85, 251-257.

Côté, P., Hartvigsen, J., Axén, I., Bussières, A. et al. (2021). The global summit on the efficacy and effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy for the prevention and treatment of non-musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review of the literature. Chiropr Man Therap 29, 8.


January 2021

Alouche, S. R., Molad, R., Demers, M., & Levin, M. F. (2020). Development of a Comprehensive Outcome Measure for Motor Coordination; Step 1: Three-Phase Content Validity Process. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 35(2), 185-193.

Edwards, J. D., Black, S. E., Boe, S., Boyd, L., Chaves, A., Chen, R., Dukelow, S., Fung, J., Kirton, A., Meltzer, J., Moussavi, Z., Neva, J., Paquette, C., Ploughman, M., Pooyania, S., Rajji, T. K., Roig, M., Tremblay, F., & Thiel, A. (2021). Canadian Platform for Trials in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (CanStim) Consensus Recommendations for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Upper Extremity Motor Stroke Rehabilitation Trials, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 35(2), 103-116.

Molad, R., Alouche, S.R., Demers, M., & Levin, M.F. (2021). Development of a Comprehensive Outcome Measure for Motor Coordination, Step 2: Reliability and Construct Validity in Chronic Stroke Patients. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 35(2), 194-203.

Mailloux, C., Beaulieu, L.D., Wideman, T.H., Massé-Alarie, H. (2021). Within-session test-retest reliability of pressure pain threshold and mechanical temporal summation in healthy subjects. PLoS ONE 16(1): e0245278.

Tsiamas, A., Jarema, G., & Kehayia, E. (2020). Does stress matter? An investigation of Greek compound Processing. The Mental Lexicon, 15(3), 485-507.

Chan, M., Dyck, M., Thevasagayam, G., Yap, R., Ouellet, & Robbins, S. (2021). Inter-rater Reliability of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the Provisional Classification of Low Back Pain in Adolescents and Young Adults. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2021.1874189

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