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Brenda Brouwer

Interim Dean


Brenda Brouwer was appointed Interim Dean of Smith School of Business in November 2019. Since then she has focused on executing Smith’s strategy of offering innovative, relevant programs, supporting high quality research, and advancing initiatives in equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenization (EDII).

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Brenda Brouwer was appointed Interim Dean of Smith School of Business in November 2019. Since then she has focused on executing Smith’s strategy of offering innovative, relevant programs, supporting high quality research, and advancing initiatives in equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenization (EDII). She has led the drive to deliver more online learning options across Smith’s portfolio of degree and non-degree programs. Most recently, she formed the Smith EDII Task Force, which she co-chairs, with a mandate to develop and execute a data and experience-informed EDII strategic plan which will include metrics and performance indicators to evaluate progress and assess impact.

Dr. Brouwer recently completed a secondment with the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto, where she joined the executive team as Head, Academic Partnerships. In this role she developed and led the talent development initiative, cultivating relationships between universities and industry to build a pipeline of well-trained graduates that organizations at the forefront of AI in Canada seek.

Prior to her secondment at the Vector Institute, Dr. Brouwer was Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s for eight years, preceded by five years as the Associate Dean.

Dr. Brouwer joined Queen’s after completing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology (University of Waterloo) and an MSc in Biomechanics (McGill University). She is a professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy with cross appointments to the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies. Dr. Brouwer maintains a successful research program that focuses on quantifying the biomechanical, neuromuscular and metabolic demands of mobility in healthy aging and stroke.

Academic Degrees

Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto (1990)

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (1986)

Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo (1980)

Academic Experience

Smith School of Business, Queen's University
Dean (Interim) (2019 – Present)

School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Professor (2002 – Present)
Director of the Human Motor Performance Research Lab (2002-2010) 
Acting Director (2001-2002) 
Associate Professor (1996-2002)
Graduate Program Chair (Rehabilitation Science) (1992-2002) 
Assistant Professor (1990-1996)

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
Professor (2002 – Present)
Associate Professor (1996-2002)
Assistant Professor (1995-1996)

Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Head, Academic Partnerships (2018-2019)

School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University
Vice-Provost and Dean (2012-2018)
Interim Vice-Provost and Dean (2010-2012)
Associate Dean (2005-2010)
Chair of the Life Sciences Division (2002-2004)

University of Toronto 
Research Associate, Playfair Neuroscience Unit (1989-1990) 


Refereed Publications

(s=trainee; c= senior author/PI &/or supervisor)

Bielska IAs, Brison R, Brouwer B, Day A, Janssen I, Johnson AP, Pickett W. Is recovery from ankle sprains negatively affected by obesity? Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 628-13, 2018 10.1016/

Brouwer Bc, Bryant D, Garland SJ. Effectiveness of client-centred ‘tune-ups’ on community reintegration, mobility, and quality of life after stroke: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 99:1325-32, 2018 

Cohen JWs, Ivanova TD, Brouwer Bc, Miller KJ, Bryant D, Garland SJc. Do performance measures of strength, balance and mobility predict quality of life and community reintegration after stroke? Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 99:713-19, 2018

Brison Rc, Day A, Pelland L, Aiken A, Pickett W, Brouwer Bc Effect of early supervised physical therapy on recovery from acute ankle sprain: A randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal doi:  November 2016

Miller Ks, Pollock C, Brouwer Bc, Garland SJc. Use of Rasch analysis to evaluate and refine the Community Balance and Mobility scale for use in ambulatory community-dwelling adults following stroke. Physical Therapy 96:1648-57, 2016

Ridgway HMs, Bisson EJs, Brouwer Bc. A review of the physical demands of stair negotiation in healthy aging and following stroke. Physical Medicine Rehabilitation International 2:1057-66, 2015.

Beaulieu LDs, Masse-Alarie H, Brouwer Bc, Schneider Cc. Noninvasive neurostimulation in chronic stroke: a double-blind randomized sham-controlled testing of clinical and corticomotor effects. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 22:8-17, 2015

Novak ACs, Li Q, Yang S, Brouwer Bc. Energy flow analysis of the lower extremity during gait in persons with chronic stroke. Gait and Posture 41:580-5, 2015.

Laudanski As, Brouwer Bc, Li Qc. Activity classification in persons with stroke based on frequency features. J HealthCare Eng. 37:180-6, 2015.

Beaulieu LDs, Masse-Alarie H, Brouwer Bc, Schneider Cc. Brain control of volitional ankle tasks in people with chronic stroke and in healthy individuals. J Neurol Sci 338: 148-55, 2014

Laudanski As, Brouwer Bc, Li, Qc. Measurement of lower limb joint kinematics using inertial sensors during stair ascent and descent in healthy older adults and stroke survivors  J. Healthcare Eng 4:555-76, 2013.

Zhang J-T, Novak ACs, Brouwer Bc and Li Qc Concurrent validation of Xsens MVN measurement of lower limb joint angular kinematics. Physiological Measurement  34(8):N63-9, 2013. 

Coriolano, Ks., Aiken, A.B. Harrison, M., Brouwer, B., Pukall, C., Groll, D.  Changes in Knee Pain, Perceived Need for Surgery, Physical Function and Quality of Life after Dietary Weight Loss in Obese Women Diagnosed with Knee Osteoarthritis.  J Obesity Weight Loss Ther. 3 (3):172-177, 2013 

Novak ACs, Brouwer Bc Kinematic and kinetic evaluation of the stance phase of stair ambulation in persons with stroke and healthy adults: a pilot study. J Appl Biomech , 29(4):443-52, 2013.

Yang, Ss,  Zhang T, Novak ACs;, Brouwer Bc,  Li Qc. Estimation of Spatio-Temporal Parameters for Post-Stroke Hemiparetic Gait Using Inertial Sensors.  Gait and Posture. 37:354-358, 2013

Bielska IA, Pickett W, Brison R, Brouwer B, Johnson AP. Health Care Resource Utilization after Acute Ankle Sprains. Jagiellonian University Press Health Research Papers - Public Health and Administration; 10(2): 106-110, 2012.

Novak ACs, Brouwer Bc Strength and aerobic requirements during stair ambulation in persons with chronic stroke and healthy adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil  93:683-9, 2012

Trachter Rs, Faris M. Brouwer B, McLean L. Performance on a manual tracking task differentiates individuals at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome from those not at risk. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 21:998-1003, 2011

Pruzynski As, Kurtzer Is, Nashed Js, Omrani Ms, Brouwer B, Scott S. Primary motor cortex underlies multi-joint integration for fast feedback control. Nature 478: 387-90, 2011 

Novak ACs, Li Q, Yang Ss, Brouwer B.c Mechanical energy transfers across lower limb segments during stair ascent and descent in young and healthy older adults. Gait & Posture 34:384-90, 2011

Reid Ss, Novak ACs, Brouwer B, Costigan PA.  Relationship between stair ambulation with and without a handrail and centre of pressure velocities during stair ascent and descent. Gait & Posture 34:529-32, 2011

Novak ACs, Brouwer Bc.  Sagittal and frontal lower limb joint moments during stair ascent and descent in young and older adults. Gait & Posture 33:54-60, 2011. 

McIntyre N, Rombough Rs, Brouwer Bc. Relationships between calf muscle density and muscle strength, mobility and bone status in stroke survivors with subacute and chronic lower limb hemiparesis. J Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions. 10:249-55, 2010. 

Novak As, Reid Ss, Costigan PA, Brouwer Bc  The biomechanical demands of stair negotiation in older adults (review article). Lower Extremity review 2:48-51, 2010. 

Hovington Cs, Brouwer Bc Guided motor imagery: does strategy matter? J Neurorehabil and Neural Repair 24:851-7, 2010 

Knorr S, Brouwer B, Garland J. Validity of the community balance and mobility scale in community-dwelling individuals after stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 91:890-6, 2010. 

Brouwer Bc, Parvataneni Ks, Olney SJ. A comparison of gait biomechanics and metabolic requirements of overground and treadmill walking in people with stroke. Clin Biomech, 24:72934, 2009 

Novak ACs, Olney SJ, Bagg S, Brouwer Bc Gait changes following botulinum toxin A treatment in stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 16:367-76, 2009. 

Duclos C, Desjardins P, Nadeau S, Delisle A, Gravel D, Brouwer B, Corriveau H. Assessment of the dynamic stability during everyday activities with a new model of equilibrium based on the destabilizing and stabilizing forces.  J. Biomech 42:379-82, 2009.  

Egan R, Stockley D, Brouwer B, Tripp DA, Stechyson  N.  Relationship between area of academic concentration, supervisory style, student needs, and best practices. Studies in Higher Education 34:337-345, 2009 

Parvataneni Ks, Ploeg L, Olney SJ, Brouwer Bc.  Kinematic, kinetic and metabolic parameters of treadmill versus overground walking in healthy older adults. Clin Biomech 24: 95-100, 2009. 

Aiken A, Pelland L, Brison R, Pickett W. Brouwer Bc Short term natural recovery of ankle sprains following discharge from emergency care.  JOSPT 38:566-71, 2008.  

Barbic Ss,  Brouwer Bc Hip strength in supine and standing in stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89: 784-7, 2008  

Parvataneni Ks, Olney SJ, Brouwer B. Changes in muscle group work associated with changes in gait speed of persons with stroke. Clin Biomech 22:813-20. 2007 

Brouwer Bc, Faris M. Are deficiencies in manual tracking associated with upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders? J Occup Rehabil 17:63-72, 2007

Brouwer Bc,  Schryburt-Brown Ks Hand function and motor cortical output in stroke: are they related. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 87:627-34, 2006. 

Olney S, Nymark J, Brouwer B, Culham E, Day A, Heard J, Henderson M, Parvatenini K. A randomized controlled trial of supervised versus unsupervised exercise programs for ambulatory stroke survivors. Stroke 37: 476 – 481, 2006. 

Smith LLMs, Brouwer Bc The effectiveness of muscle vibration in modulating corticospinal excitability. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 42:787-84, 2005.  

Mussleman Ks, Brouwer Bc Gender related differences in physical performance among seniors. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 13:239-53, 2005.  

Rydahl SJs, Brouwer Bc.  Ankle stiffness and tissue compliance in stroke survivors: a validation of myotonometer® measurements. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 85:1631-7, 2004.  

Brouwer Bc, Olney SJ. Aging skeletal muscle and the impact of resistance exercise. Physiotherapy Canada 56:80-7, 2004.   

Brouwer Bc, Mussleman Ks, Culham E.  Physical function and health status among seniors with and without a fear of falling. Gerontology 50:135-41, 2004

Pentland Wc, Walker J, Minnes P, Tremblay M, Brouwer B, Gould M. Occupational responses to mid-life and aging in women with physical disabilities. Journal of Occupational Sciences 10:2130, 2003.

Brouwer Bc, Walker C, Rydahl Ss, Culham E. Reducing fear of falling in seniors through education and activity programs: a randomized trial. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 51:829-34, 2003

Binda Ss, Culham E, Brouwer Bc. Balance, muscle strength and fear of falling in older adults. Experimental Aging Research, 29:1-15, 2003 

Brouwer Bc. & Olney SJ. Physical conditioning following stroke. Synapse, 22(3):6-10, 2002.

Pentland Wc, Walker J, Minnes P, Tremblay M, Brouwer B, Gould M. Women with spinal cord injury and the impact of aging. Spinal Cord. 40(8):374-87, 2002

Tirosh, Os. & Brouwer, Bc The effects of isokinetically training the shoulder rotators through limited range. Synapse. 21:19-26, 2001

Brouwer Bc, Mazzoni Cs, Pearce GW. Tracking ability in subjects symptomatic of cumulative trauma disorder: does it relate to disability? Ergonomics 44:443-56, 2001

Brouwer B, Vale Ms, Nordstrom MAc. Asymmetry of motor cortex excitability during a simple motor task: relationships with handedness and manual  performance. Experimental Brain Research. 138:467-76, 2001

Walker Cs, Brouwer Bc, Culham E. Balance retraining following acute stroke: is visual feedback effective? Physical Therapy 80:886-895, 2000

Ridding MC, Brouwer B, & Nordstrom MAc. Reduced interhemispheric inhibition in musicians. Experimental Brain Research 133:249-253, 2000

Brouwer Bc, Davidson LK, Olney SJ. Serial casting in idiopathic toe-walkers and children with spastic cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. 20: 221-225, 2000

Ridding MC, Brouwer B., Miles TS, Pitcher JB, Thompson PD. Changes induced in motor cortex by peripheral nerve stimulation. Experimental Brain Research 131:135-143, 2000. 

Brouwer B.  Strength training in long term stroke survivors. BioMechanics 7:61-70, 2000 (Invited paper)

Teixeira-Salmela Ls, Olney SJc, Nadeau S,  Brouwer B.  Reducing Impairment and Disability in Chronic Stroke Survivors through Muscle Strengthening and Physical Conditioning. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 80:1211-1218, 1999

Shaw Js, Bially Js, Deurvorst Ns, Macfie Cs , Brouwer Bc. Clinical and physiological measures of tone in chronic stroke. Neurology Report , 23:19-24, 1999

Teixeira LFsc, Olney SJO, Brouwer B. Mecanismos e medidas de espasticidade. Revista de Fisioterapia da Universidade de Sao Paulo 5:4-19,1999.

Brouwer Bc, Wheeldon Rs, Stradiotto-Parker Ns, Allum J. Reflex excitability and isometric force production in cerebral palsy: the effect of serial casting. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 40:168-175, 1998

Brouwer, Bc. Culham, E., Grant, Ts., & Liston, RALs. Reliability of static and dynamic measures of balance and the limits of postural stability. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 30/3:131-137, 1998

Laprade Js, Culham EcBrouwer B. A comparison of isometric exercises in the selective recruitment of the vastus medialis oblique muscle. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 27:197-204, 1998

Grant, Ts., Brouwer, Bc, Culham, E., & Vandervoort, A. Balance retraining following acute stroke: a comparison of two methods. Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation 11:69-73, 1997

Sharp Ss, Brouwer Bc. Isokinetic strength training of the hemiparetic knee: effects on function and spasticity. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 78:1231-1236, 1997

Packer, TLc, Foster, Ds. & Brouwer, B.  Fatigue and activity patterns of people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. 17:186-199, 1997.

Brouwer Bc, Hopkins-Rosseel Ds. Motor cortical mapping of proximal upper extremity muscles following spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 35:205-212, 1997.

Brouwer Bc, Smits Es. Do ankle muscles share common inputs in individuals with cerebral palsy? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 38:787-796, 1996.

Liston RAL.s & Brouwer Bc Reliability and validity of measures obtained from stroke patients using the Balance Master. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 77:425-430, 1996. Primary investigator, student’s supervisor and major contributor to manuscrip.

Brouwer Bc, Andrade Vs. The effects of slow stroking on quantitative measures of spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 11:13-21, 1995.

Brouwer Bc, Qiao Js Characteristics and variability of lower limb motoneuron responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 97:49-54, 1995.

Brouwer Bc. Ambury P. Effects of upper extremity weight bearing on corticospinal excitability following stroke. Archives Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 75:861-866, 1994.

Brouwer Bc, Packer TL. Corticospinal excitability in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Muscle and Nerve 17:1210-1212, 1994.

Packer TLc, Sauriol A, Brouwer B. Fatigue secondary to chronic disability & polio syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Archives Physical Medical and Rehabilitation. 75:1122-1126, 1994.

Brouwer, Bc. & Ashby, P.  Corticospinal projections to lower limb motoneurons in man. Experimental Brain Research 89:649-654, 1992.

Brouwer B, Bugaresti J, Ashby Pc.  Changes in facilitation of lower limb corticospinal motoneurons following spinal cord lesions.  Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 55: 20-24, 1992.

Brouwer B, Ashby Pc.  Altered corticospinal projections to lower limb motoneurons in subjects with cerebral palsy.  Brain, 114: 1395-1407, 1991.

Packer TLc, Martins I.s, Krefting L, Brouwer B.  Post-polio fatigue and activity.  Orthopedics, 14: 1223-1226, 1991.

Brouwer Bc, Ashby P.  Corticospinal projections to upper and lower limb spinal motoneurons in man. EEG and Clin Neurophysiol. 76: 509-519, 1990.

Yang Bs, Brouwer B, Hajek VE, Ashby Pc.  Magnetic stimulation of short latency corticospinal pathways following unilateral cerebral infarction. Can J Rehab., 4: 39-45, 1990.

Brouwer B, Ashby Pc.  Do injuries to the developing human brain alter corticospinal projections? Neuroscience Lett. 108: 225-230, 1990.

Brouwer B, Ashby Pc, Midroni Gs.  Excitability of corticospinal neurons during tonic muscle contractions in man.  Exp Brain  Res. 74: 649-652, 1989.

Brouwer B, Allard P, Labelle H.  Running patterns of juveniles wearing SACH and single-axis foot components.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 70: 128-134, 1989.

Book chapters

Novak ACs, Brouwer Bc Mobility function following stroke:  the impact of multiple impairments.

In Pelligrino LT (Ed)  Handbook of Motor Skills: Development , Impairment and Therapy. Nova Science Publishers New York, pp 117-37.  ISBN 978-1-60741-811-5, 2010

Popular articles

Brouwer B. Why Canada has become a destination of choice for international graduate students. University Affairs, May, 2017 (invited)

Brouwer B. Maximizing the potential of graduate students – Say it loud: Canada needs more PhDs. University Affairs pp 38-9, 2016

Brouwer B A flexible plan to help grad students finish their degrees. University Affairs, April 10, 2013

Brouwer B. A Canadian Perspective on Innovation in Online Delivery: Benefits and Challenges. Council of Graduate Schools Global Summit, Budapest, Hungary 2013. (invited paper)


Brouwer B Let’s end the myth that PhDs are only suited for the ivory tower. Globe & Mail, Report on Business, Opinion B4, March 9, 2016

Papers submitted

Bielska IAs, Pickett W, Brison R, Brouwer B, Day AG, Johnson APc. Direct and Indirect Costs of Treating Acute Ankle Sprains: A Cost-of-Injury Study. Value in Health (in Review)


Invited speaker

2019, Public Health Sciences Day, plenary speaker: Artificial Intelligence with Strings Attached Queen’s University, Kingston, October 4

2019, Science to Business: Academia to Industry. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Industry (panellist) Queen’s University, Kingston, May 10

2019, Data Day 6.0 (panellist) The Transformative Power of Data, AI and Mobilizing Talent, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 26

2018, Teaching and Learning Outcomes Forum. Graduate Learning Outcomes:  Getting to Acceptance.  University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 16

2018, Symposium: What can AI do for population health? (panellist) Building AI  Capacity. University of Toronto, Toronto, November 14 

2017, Friends of CIHR Policy Roundtable: The Future of Graduate Education in  Canada: New Directions, Ottawa, November 1

2017, Global Summit: Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future (Council of Graduate Schools) Globalization in Higher Ed: So Much More Than Counting International Students. Anchorage, Alaska, September 10-12

2016, Restructuring the PhD dissertation (Council of Graduate Schools) The Canadian Experience, Washington, DC December 8 

2016, Lumina Foundation: PhD Outcomes Outcomes-Based Curricula and Research Training, Washington, DC September 27-28 

2016, Graduate Outcomes – a Canadian Perspective, Athabasca University, Athabasca, September 2016

2015, Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting, panellist: Implications of Big Data in Graduate Education: A Global Conversation, Seattle, Washington December 2-5

2015, Friends of CIHR Policy Roundtable: Does Canada have Too Many PhDs? Ottawa, December 7-8

2015, Global Leader’s Summit: Big Data in Graduate Studies, Super-Size Me – Big Data Comes of Age, National University of Singapore, Singapore, September 7-29

2013, Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting (panellist) Graduate Education: An International Conversation. San Diego CA December 4-7

2013, Global Leaders’ Summit: Graduate Education and the Promises of Technology Globalization of Graduate Education. Online Graduate Education: Curricular Innovations, Central European University, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, September 30-October 2

2012, Global Leaders’ Summit: From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation: Graduate Education    for Global career pathways. Do We Really Understand Career Expectations of    Students? Technische Universität München, Bavaria, Germany, September  4-6

2011, Council of Graduate Studies’ New Dean’s Institute and Summer Workshop (panellist) A Freshman Dean’s Reflections, Monterey, California. July 9-11,

2010, National Science Foundation and Council of Graduate Studies Completion and attrition in STEM disciplines. Alexandria, Virginia, April 

2009, CIHR Young Investigators Forum (Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health) Preparing and writing your grant application. Ottawa, May.

2008, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation Joint Educational Conference. Tackling challenges of research training opportunities through Collaboration. Toronto, Oct. 14-18. 

2005, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Seminars What does manual tracking have to do with cumulative trauma? November

2004, Manitoba Physiotherapists Association, Strength and endurance training in neurological disorders, Two-day workshop, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 

2004, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Motor cortical (re)organization: implications for function University of Alberta, Edmonton, February

2003, International Conference on Cerebral Palsy. Patterns of muscle activity in cerebral palsy – is the brain sending the wrong message?, Quebec City, April

2003, Ontario Physical Therapy Association Provincial Congress, What does manual tracking ability have to do with cumulative trauma disorders? May 

2003, Congress on Neuroplasticity Motor cortical modulation – specificity and relationship to function, Quebec City, May                                                      

2002, Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services Conference Strength training in neurological populations. Richmond Hill, Ontario. November 4-5

2001, Centre Interdisciplinaire de recherche en Readaptation et Integration Sociale Identifying mechanisms associated with disordered movement control in cerebral palsy. Quebec City, Que. April 11-12.

2001, Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Regional congress. Quantifying disability in upper limb cumulative trauma disorders, Toronto, March 31.

1999, International Society for Biomechanics - special symposium A neuromuscular basis for why some children respond better to serial casting than others, Calgary, Alberta August 8-13      

1999, 14th International Symposium of the International Society for Posture and Gait Balance and posture in stroke. Waterloo, Ontario July 15-18

1997, University of South Australia Evidence for altered neural wiring following neurological trauma. Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow February 

1992, Annual Spinal Cord Injury Research Symposium Alterations in corticospinal output following spinal cord injury in man.  Vancouver, B.C. October


Externally Awarded Grant, Contracts and Awards


(Ind)ividual or (Gr)oup[1]

Source and Title




Gr (PI)

Merz Pharma, Inc Case-series to determine whether Xeomin modifies gait kinematics in stroke as detected by wearable sensors




Gr (Co-PI)

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ontario consortium for the development of online graduate professional skills modules (




Gr (PI)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Biomechanical, neuromuscular and cardiorespiratory costs of stair negotiation in healthy individuals and persons with stroke




Gr (Co-I)

Craig H Neilsen Foundation From Research to Clinic: Translation of Functional MRI of the Human Spinal Cord (spinal fMRI)  


$275,000 USD


Gr (Co-PI)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Efficacy of physical therapy intervention for the early treatment of acute ankle sprains identified in emergency departments: an RCT

Clinical Trial



Gr (Co-I)

CIHR Does diabetes mellitus-induced vestibular system dysfunction contribute to higher prevalence of balance and mobility impairment in community-dwelling diabetic elderly?

Pilot project

$ 45,965


Gr (Co-I)

J.P. Bickell Foundation Diabetes, vestibular dysfunction and balance




Gr (Co-I)

Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association Measuring objective changes in physical, psychological and radiographic status of patients awaiting hip or knee replacement surgery




Gr (PI)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Client-centered tune-ups: do they enhance physical capacity, mobility function and community reintegration after stroke?




Gr (Co-PI)

CIHR Measuring objective changes in physical, psychological and radiographic status of patients awaiting hip or knee replacement surgery




Gr (PI)

CIHR Timely and effective clinical management of soft tissue injuries: A team approach to acute care and rehabilitation

Team Development



Gr (Co-PI)

CIHR Testing a new model of dynamic stability: a multi-site project to identify fall risk

Pilot project



Gr (PI)

Allergan Inc The effects of botulinum toxin a (btx-a) on plantarflexor spasticity, stiffness and gait in chronic stroke


$85,000 USD


Gr (PI)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Does mental practice promote cortical reorganization and improve hand function?              




Gr (PI)

Canada Foundation for Innovation An integrated rehabilitation science laboratory for the evaluation, rehabilitation and restoration of function




Gr (PI)

Ontario Innovation Trust An integrated rehabilitation science laboratory for the evaluation, rehabilitation and restoration of function




Gr (co-PI)

Reseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaption et Readaptation (REPAR) Relations entre la recuperation fonctionelle et la reorganization Cerebrale




Gr (Co-I)

Change Foundation Mushkegowuk Territory –Community Rehabilitation Aides Project




Gr (Co-I)

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Interdisciplinary approach to fall prevention and risk reduction in older adults




Gr (PI)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Is central inhibition altered following stroke and does it relate to function?




Gr (PI)

Work and Safety Insurance Board Ontario Development of a tool to evaluate cumulative trauma disorders (CTD)




Gr (Co-I)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Reducing disability in chronic stroke through physical conditioning      




Gr (PI)

Drummond Foundation A randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of two programs in reducing fear of falling and improving quality of life in community dwelling seniors




Gr (Co-I)

Neurotrauma Foundation Women with spinal cord injury: the impact of aging




Gr (Co-I)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Reducing disability in chronic stroke through physical conditioning




Gr (Co-I)

Canada Fitness and Lifestyle Association between physical and psychosocial variables in elderly at risk of falling




Gr (Co-I)

Heart and Stoke Foundation Ontario – Special Initiative Reducing disability in chronic stroke through physical conditioning





American Paralysis Foundation Convergence of descending volleys in spinal cord injury


$24,838 USD



Developmental Consulting Program (CP Ontario) The effectiveness of serial casting in cerebral palsy and idiopathic toe-walkers




Gr (PI)

Heart and Stroke Foundation Ontario Does visual feedback enhance balance retraining following stroke?





Easter Seal Research Institute Do ankle muscles share common cortical inputs?





Global Upholstery Evaluation of ObusForme chairs – users’ satisfaction and pain relief





Atkinson Foundation Ankle pathomechanics in cerebral palsy the effect of heelcord lengthening





Rick Hansen Man in Motion Corticospinal reorganization following spinal cord injury in man





Myalgia Encephalomyelitis Kingston Motor evoked potentials in chronic fatigue syndrome





Easter Seal Research Institute Altered corticospinal projections in cerebral palsy





J.P. Bickell Foundation Central mechanisms of fatigue and postpolio syndrome





Ontario federation for Cerebral Palsy Altered cortical projections in cerebral palsy




[1] PI and co-PI role: inception of project, responsibility for grant writing, day-to-day running of project, and dissemination of findings. Co-I: substantial contribution to all aspects of the project particularly methodology, analysis and dissemination 

Awards and Honours

2010 - Ontario Rehabilitation Research Advisory Network Leadership Award (recognition of research contribution) 

2007 - Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award (Excellence in Teaching)

2004 - Nominated for the Rick Gallup Prize for Excellence in Research (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario)

1998 - Distinguished Visiting Scholar - Faculty of Science. University of Adelaide, Austra

1998 - Gordon and Jean Southam Fellowship, Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom)                     

1991 - Nomination for the Richmond Prize for Research in Cerebral Palsy, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine


Significant University Administrative Committee Membership (last 10 years)

2012-18, 2019 - Provost’s Advisory Committee on Budget – Comprised of vice-principals, deans, shared services directors and faculty representatives to provide advice on the budget model to ensure it reflects transparent and appropriate incentives to stimulate revenue growth and efficiently and effectively attribute activity costs required to support the academic enterprise. Review budget submissions from faculties, schools and shared service units and advise on resource allocation as part of annual budget process. 

2011-18, 2019 - Provost’s Management Committee (aka Provost and Deans Group) – Monthly meetings to deliberate issues, strategies and policies that affect the university, with a primary focus on academic operations.

2011-18, 2019 - Strategic Enrolment Management Group – Comprised of all deans as well as faculty, staff and student representatives to assist the university in establishing, achieving and maintaining optimum enrolment along with program mix and quality. This includes oversight of graduate and undergraduate enrolment management planning and policy. 

2010-18 - Graduate Executive Council (Chair) – Comprised of the associate deans of the School of Graduate Studies and of the Faculties/Schools, the Chairs of the Faculty Graduate Councils and graduate student representatives to review and develop policies, processes and best practices in matters related but not limited to: admissions standards for graduate studies, graduate degree requirements, progress through graduate degrees, completion of degree requirements, appeals of graduate students. Also reviews proposals for new programs and makes recommendations to Senate.

2017 - Graduate Enrolment Task Force (Chair) – Comprised of all Faculty associate deans (graduate studies) as well as faculty, staff and student representatives to conduct a comprehensive strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis and make recommendations to the Provost to inform strategic enrolment planning.

2015-16 - Review of the Senate Advisory Research Committee, SARC (Chair) – Establish a representative review committee to advise on the composition, mandate, and functions of SARC as the primary advisory body on research-related strategy, policy development and review, and university research initiatives. 

2010-18 - Numerous Appointment Committees for senior leadership positions including Dean searches (Faculties of Law, Education, Health Sciences, Arts & Science, Student Affairs, and Engineering & Applied Science), Provost searches and Vice-Principal searches (VP Research, VP Advancement).

Scholarly and Professional Activities (key activities over last 10 years)

2019 - Quality Assurance Process Audit, University of Victoria (Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, BC)                      

2018 - Review of the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies, University of British Columbia   

2014-2018 - Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.  Decanal delegate from the  ON Council for Graduate Studies; responsibilities included the review of submissions from Ontario Universities for new undergraduate and graduate programs as well as major modifications to existing programs.

2017-18 - Council of Ontario Universities Highly Skilled Workforce Steering Committee Focus on the incorporation of experiential learning/training opportunities into undergraduate and graduate programs.

2017 - Review and evaluation of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, QC

2017 - Fonds de Recherche du Quebec/Canada Foundation for Innovation Panel Chair   

2015 - Review of the Faculty of Graduate Studies – Dalhousie University, NS    

2014-2015 - Editorial Board Chair, Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. Report on the landscape of interdisciplinary graduate programs in Canada  

2011-2013 - Council of Graduate Studies (United States), Advisory Group member for Completion and Attrition in STEM Master’s Programs 

2004-2011 - Associate Editor, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation              

2010 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Aging; Scientific Review Committee for pilot projects in aging (IAP)

2009 - Evaluation Site Team, Rehabilitation Science program, University of Montreal (Conférence des Recteurs et des Principaux des Universités du Québec, CREPUQ)    

Recent Non-University Administrative Roles 

2017-19 - Past-President, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

2015-17 - President, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

2015-16 - Past-Chair, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, Council of Ontario Universities

2014-15 - Chair, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, Council of Ontario Universities