Physical Therapy

Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement. Common movement disorders result from impairment of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Following assessment of their clients, physical therapists often use physical agents such as therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation to increase muscle strength and function, reduce pain, promote general health and fitness, and prevent disability. As specialists in movement dysfunction, physical therapists also provide expertise in human mobility, carefully analyzing gait patterns and prescribing treatment regimens or devices (such as braces, crutches, or wheelchairs) to enable clients to move independently through their environments.


Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Boyd, Lara Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; Stroke; Learning and Memory; Physiology; Motor learning; Motor System; Learning; Neurophysiology
Camp, Patricia Rehabilitation; Environment and Respiratory Diseases; Native Health; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Mobility; Health Care Technologies; Telemedicine; pulmonary rehabilitation; health services delivery; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Indigneous health; Mixed methods; Knowledge translation; Physical Activity; E-health
Campbell, Kristin Breast Cancer; Rehabilitation; Physiology; Quality of Life and Aging; Exercise Physiology; physical function; oncology; Biomarkers
Eng, Janice Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain
Guenette, Jordan Respiratory diseases; Other biological sciences; Clinical exercise physiology; Cardiorespiratory physiology; Mechanisms and management of breathlessness and exercise intolerance; Chronic respiratory diseases
Hunt, Michael Anthony Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; Joints (Articulations); Musculoskeletal Deformation; Neuromuscular Diseases; Orthoses and Prostheses; Rehabilitation; biomechanics; rehabilitation; musculoskeletal; Physical Activity; exercise
Li, Linda Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Health Care Technologies; Patient help-seeking experiences; Shared decision-making; Patient self-management; E-health; Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management; Health services research; Patient Engagement; Knowledge translation; Implementation Science; digital media
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Age and Risk Factors; Mobility; Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Rehabilitation; Healthy Aging; Fall prevention; Cognitive Aging; Sleep; Physical Activity
Pollock, Courtney motor control of walking balance and balance reactions; impact of neurological changes associated with aging, disease and injury on motor control
Scott, Alexander Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair; musculoskeletal; sports medicine; physiotherapy; physical therapy; orthopaedics
Virji-Babul, Naznin Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling)
Whittaker, Jacqueline Health care; Kinesiology; Sports/exercise; sports medicine; youth; physical therapy; Knee injuries; Sport injury prevention; Knee osteoarthritis; Osteoarthritis prevention; rehabilitation; Physical Activity; Exercise therapy; Ultrasound Imaging; Wearable activity tracker; Exercise counselling; Low back pain