Researchers & Research Programs

Our Researchers and their Programs

McGill’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy researchers are a dynamic group of internationally recognized experts in the field of rehabilitation. Their programs cover a wide variety of research domains and involve the collaborations of numerous key stakeholders placing them at the clinical forefront in the field of rehabilitation research. 

Meet our researchers in the videos below and find recent publications and contact information in each profile link.

Dana Anaby, PhD OT, focuses on the participation of children and youth with physical disabilities in various settings (home, school, community,) with a special emphasis on the impact of the environment. She is testing intervention plans to enhance community engagement, as well as developing participation-based measures.
Research Lab: MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
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Philippe Archambault, PhD OT, focuses on the use of technology in rehabilitation. He is involved in the development and testing of a simulator for the training of power wheelchair driving skills, researching the effects of simulator-training on real power wheelchair driving skills and studying the effectiveness of robotic-based therapy to improve arm function in people with stroke. 
Research Lab: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
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Liliane Asseraf-Pasin, PhD PT is interested in developing cultural competence, mentoring novice professionals and interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. She is also responsible for the equivalency programs of internationally trained physiotherapists completing their equivalency at the School.
IPE website: https://mcgill.ca/ipeoffice/
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Stefanie Blain-Moraes, PhD  is interested in the application of physiological signal processing techniques and assistive technology design principles to address the needs of non-communicative individuals and their care providers.
Research Lab: BIAPT Lab
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André Bussières, PhD focuses on clinical practice guideline development and the uptake to improve process of care and patient outcome, knowledge synthesis, implementation research and professional behaviour change, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Research Lab: Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation
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Isabelle Gagnon, PhD PT, looks at how rehabilitation affects children's functioning  after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She has  developed an innovative rehabilitation approach with children who are slow to recover after a mild traumatic brain injury and is also involved in using imaging, psychophysics and virtual reality to explore how children recover after a TBI.
Research Lab: Montreal Children's Hospital
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Isabelle Gélinas, PhD, OT, focuses on the activities and the contextual factors that shape the level of social participation of adults and elderly with disability. Her research encompasses two main domains: Driving rehabilitation and Activities of Daily Living as well as community integration, disability, participation and social inclusion.
Research Lab: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
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Matthew Hunt, PhD, PT, conducts research that investigates ethical considerations associated with global health initiatives and practices, healthcare and evidence generation in situations of humanitarian crisis, and access to rehabilitation services in Canada and internationally.
Website: Humanitarian Health Ethics Network
Research Lab: Rabinovitch House
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Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, PhD, PT focuses on improving the care and rehabilitation outcomes of individuals with chronic lung disease and transplant patients. Her research interests include: assessing disability in individuals with chronic lung disease, transplant candidates/recipients and examining the effects of different rehabilitation interventions for these patient populations.
Website: CAN-Restore 
Research Lab: McGill University Health Center
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Anouk Lamontagne, PhD, PT is interested in the assessment and treatment of locomotor disorders in subjects with a lesion of the nervous system. She is interested in the use of virtual reality for the rehabilitation of walking after stroke and also has ongoing projects on the control of eye motions during locomotion, as well as on the role of visual information in the control of locomotion.
Research Lab: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
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Mindy Levin, PhD PT, looks at the motor control of upper limb reaching and grasping; measurement of sensorimotor impairments after neurological injury or disease; determining the effectiveness of new interventions of arm and hand sensorimotor recovery after neurological injury, including task-oriented therapy and interventions using virtual reality technology.
Research Lab: Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital 
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Annette Majnemer, PhD OT, focuses on the developmental, functional and quality of life outcomes of children with disabilities and their determinants. Populations of interest include preterm infants, children with congenital heart defects following open-heart surgery, children with cerebral palsy and developmental delay. She is also examining health service utilization patterns and quality of care in these populations.
Research Lab: Montreal Children's Hospital
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Barbara Mazer, PhD OT, focuses on the rehabilitation of adults and children with neurological impairments; specifically, the factors associated with utilization of rehabilitation services, integration into the community, participation in leisure activities and use of transportation/driving.

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Bernadette Nedelec, PhD OT, examines the hypertrophic scar and the rehabilitation of burn survivors. Research projects focus on the evaluation of clinical instruments, the efficacy of treatment interventions, practice issues related to evidence-based practice in burn survivor rehabilitation, and the comprehensive evaluation of the short and long-term consequences of burn injuries.
Research Lab: Villa Medica Rehabilitation Hospital
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Melissa Park, PhD OT, focuses on the transformative processes related to mental health and social inclusion from a first person perspective using narrative-phenomenological, ethnographic and participatory methods, including the everyday ethics and potentialities at the interstices of autism and biomusic, individuals with dementia and their caregivers, policy and practice.
Website: connectednarratives.org 
Research Lab
: Community
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Shawn Robbins, PhD PT, utilizes biomechanical and clinical measures to assess orthopaedic health conditions in both clinical and laboratory settings. He also examines interventions used to treat these conditions. Additionally, he examines the mechanics involved in the game of ice hockey.
Research Lab: Constance Rehabilitation Lethbridge Center
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Marc Roig, PhD PT, focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying motor memory consolidation. The neural processes taking place after motor practice, how motor memories can be either enhanced or disrupted when different memory processes occur, understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying memory interference and how this can all be used to optimize physical therapy practice.
Research Lab:  Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
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Keiko Shikako-Thomas, PhD OT, focuses on the promotion of healthy living and participation for children with disabilities. Her research program uses participatory methodology to engage different stakeholders, including policymakers, children and their families, in finding solutions to change the environment, inform policymaking and promote the rights and participation of children with disabilities in different life roles and activities.
Research Lab: MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
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Laurie Snider, PhD OT, conducts her research in the population of extremely low birth weight infants, specifically in the follow-up for developmental and functional sequelae. She has completed a longitudinal study of the Prechtl's General Movements Assessment and is also developing CP-Engine, a web-based Knowledge Translation Tool using simple web-based strategies to promote knowledge exchange for best evidence in the clinical community.
Research Lab: Montreal Children's Hospital
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Aliki Thomas, PhD OT, focuses her research in the areas of education and knowledge translation. She is interested in occupational therapy education and practice, clinical competencies and professional expertise. The second area is in studying how to bridge the evidence-to-practice gap using an educational psychology perspective and to examine the use of theory in the design and delivery of effective knowledge translation interventions.
Research Lab: KEEP Lab, 1110 Pine Ave, room 307
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Timothy Wideman, PhD PT, aims to help researchers and clinicians better understand and manage disability associated with musculoskeletal pain. His research focuses two areas; exploring the biopsychosocial risk factors for persistent pain-related disability and studying interventions that target these factors, and investigating why certain individuals with musculoskeletal pain are more sensitive to physical activity and how this influences engagement and response to activity-based rehabilitation programs.
Research Lab: Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Center
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** this list is a work in progress, kindly check in as new researchers will be added weekly**
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