Linda Li


Research Classification

Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis
Rehabilitation Care and Services
Health Care Technologies

Research Interests

Patient help-seeking experiences
Shared decision-making
Patient self-management
E-health & digital media
Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management
Health services research
Patient Engagement
Knowledge translation
Implementation Science

Relevant Degree Programs



Dr. Linda Li is Professor and Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases at the Department of Physical Therapy, and Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. She also holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation. She earned a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, and then completed a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology/knowledge translation at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

As a health services researcher, Linda’s research focuses in two areas: 1) understanding the help-seeking experience in people with early inflammatory arthritis, and 2) evaluating models of arthritis care. Her methodological skills include clinical epidemiology and mixed-methods design. She also collaborates with digital media experts to develop and evaluate online tools, such as decision aids for promoting shared-decision making and interactive programs for coaching people to be physically active. Her research is currently funded by CIHR, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and The Arthritis Society.

Research Methodology

Randomized controlled trial
Mixed quantitative & qualitative research design


Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Outstanding candidates can expect a full funding package offer
Any time / year round

1) Physical activity promotion using digital technology
2) Shared-decision making
3) Patient self-management
4) Integrated knowledge translation - patient engagement in research

**Visit the Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program website for a current list of Dr Li's research projects:

I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

Postdoctoral Fellows



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