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Latest Publications and Research in the News


AlKhaldi, M., James, N., Chattu, V. K., Ahmed, S., Meghari, H., Kaiser, K., Ijsselmuiden, C., & Tanner, M. (2021). Rethinking and strengthening the Global Health Diplomacy through triangulated nexus between policy makers, scientists and the community in light of COVID-19 global crisis. Global Health Research Policy, 6, 12.

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.


May 2021

Coninx, S. & Stilwell, P. (2021). Pain and the field of affordances: an enactive approach to acute and chronic pain. Synthese,

Hallé, M.C., Bussières, A., Asseraf-Pasin, L., Storr, C., Mak, S., Root, K. & Thomas, A. (2021). Building evidence-based practice competencies among rehabilitation students: a qualitative exploration of faculty and preceptors’ perspectives. Advances in Health Sciences Education.

Vader, K., Bostick, G.P., Carlesso, L.C., Hunter, J., Mesaroli, G., Perreault, K., Tousignant-Laflamme, Y., Tupper, S., Walton, D.M., Wideman, T.H., & Miller, J. (2021). The Revised IASP Definition of Pain and Accompanying Notes: Considerations for the Physiotherapy Profession. Physiotherapy Canada, 73(2), 103-106. DOI: 10.3138/ptc-2020-0124-gee

Gaid, D., Mate, K., Ahmed, S., Thomas, A., Bussières, A. (2021). Nationwide Environmental Scan of Knowledge Brokers Training, The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000355

Nouvet, E., Bezanson, K., Hunt, M., Kouyaté, S., Schawartz, L., Binta Diallo, F., de Laat, S., Bah-Sow, O. Y., Diallo, A. A., & Diallo, P. (2021). Dying in honour: experiences of end-of-life palliative care during the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 6(10).

Motta-Ochoa, R., Bresba, P., Da Silva Castanheira, J., Kwan, C.L., Shaffer, S., Julien, O., William, M., & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). “When I hear my language, I travel back in time and I feel at home”: Intersections of culture with social inclusion and exclusion of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Croteau, F., Robbins, S.M., Pearsall, D. (2021). Hand-Held Shoulder Strength Measures Correlate With Isokinetic Dynamometry in Elite Water Polo Players. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

Koopman, W.J., LaDonna, K.A., Kinsella, E.A., Venance, S.L., Watling, C.J. (2021). Getting airtime: Exploring how patients shape the stories they tell health practitioners. Medical Education.

Duclos, C., Maschke, C., Mahdid, Y., Berkun, K., da Silva Castanheira, J., Tarnal, V., Picton, P., Vanini, G., Golmirzaie, G., … & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). Differential classification of states of consciousness using envelope- and phase-based functional connectivity. NeuroImage.

Yung, S., Iqbal, R., Scizak, S., Baltov, V., Kara, F., Park, M., & Lencucha, R. (2021). Students’ reflections on the experiences of policy makers: How stories widened our vision of recovery. OT Now, Volume 23.1

Dannenbaum, E., Bégin, C.L., Daigneault-Bourgeois, E., Kwon Pak Yin, N., Laferrière-Trudeau, C., Mazer, B., Moreau, V., Salvo, L., Villeneuve, M., & Lamontagne, A. (2021). Feasibility and Preliminary Effects of a 1-Week Vestibular Rehabilitation Day Camp in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1080/01942638.2021.1925800

Lackritz, H., Parmet, Y., Frenkel-Toledo, S., Baniña, M.C., Soroker, N., Solomon, J.M., Liebermann, D. G., Levin, M.F., & Sigal, B. (2021). Effect of post-stroke spasticity on voluntary movement of the upper limb. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 18.

April 2021

Caccese, C., Jones, S. L., Ramesh, M., Yu, A., Brossard-Racine, M., & Nguyen, T.V. (2021). Role of testosterone: cortisol ratio in age- and sex-specific cortico-hippocampal development and cognitive performance. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 1-11. DOI:

Lee, K., Park, M. (2021). Keeping care fully alive - An ethnography of Moving-with carers and persons living with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 57.

Camden, C., Campbell, W., Missiuna, C., Berbari, J., Héguy, L., Gauvin, C., Dostie, R., Ianni, L., Rivard, L., GOLD Research Team, Anaby, D. (2021). Implementing Partnering for Change in Québec: Occupational Therapy Activities and Stakeholders’ Perceptions. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 88(1), 71-82.

Grenier, M.L. (2021). Patient Case Formulations and Oppressive Disability Discourses in Occupational Therapy Education. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Anaby, D., Khetani, M., Piskur, B., van der Holst, M., Bedell, G., Schakel, F., de Kloet, A., Simeonsson, R., & Imms, C. (2021). Towards a paradigm shift in pediatric rehabilitation: Accelerating the uptake of evidence on participation into routine clinical practice. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1903102

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).

Motta-Ochoa, R., Incio-Serra, N., Boulet, A., Fu, D., Frantz, A., William, M., & Blain-Moraes, S. (2021). Mouvement de passage: Creating connections through movement among persons with dementia. Dementia, 0(0) 1-24.


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,

Robillard, A.S., Gane, C., Royea, C., Lacasse, L., Calva, V., de Oliveira, A., & Nedelec, B. (2021). Cross-cultural translation, adaptation and validation of the Burnt Hand Outcome Tool (BHOT) from English to French Canadian. Burns.

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.

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