Chantale Dumoulin, Ph.D.

Full professor, Director of the microprogram in pelvic floor rehabilitation

Contact details (Research)
Canadian Research Chair in Urogynecological Health and aging (2012-2022)
Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUMG)
4545, chemin Queen Mary
Montréal (Qc) H3W 1W4
T 514 340-2800

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-0233

Research background (french)


  • B.Sc. (P.T.), Physiotherapy, McGill University (1988)
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Sciences (option: Rehabilitation) (1994)
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences (option: Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal (2004)
  • Postdoctoral studies, McGill University (distribution of health services and development of interview-based studies) and Stanford Medical School (MRI, 3D reconstruction of the pelvic floor muscle (2007)
  • Fellowship during sabbatical, Cochrane Incontinence Review Group, Aberdeen University, Scotland (Meta-analyses) (2013).

Major projects underway

  • Implementation of a group-based pelvic floor muscle training program to treat urinary incontinence in older women: a mixed methods implementation study
  • Development and validation of a clinical prediction rule to guide and improve the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence
  • Impact of pelvic floor physiotherapy on nocturia in urinary incontinent aging women.
  • Meta-analysis focusing on the efficacy of pelvic floor exercises to treat urinary incontinence in women: a Cochrane review.
  • Meta-analysis focusing on the efficacy of pelvic floor exercises to treat urinary incontinence in older women: a Cochrane review.

Selected publications

  • Mercier, J., Morin, M., Zaki, D., Reichetzer, B., Lemieux, M. C., Khalife, S., & Dumoulin, C. (2019). Pelvic floor muscle training as a treatment for genitourinary syndrome of menopause: A single-arm feasibility study. Maturitas, 125, 57-62. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2019.03.002
  • Mercier, J., Tang, A., Morin, M., Lemieux, M.C., Khalifé, S., Reichetzer, B., & Dumoulin C. (2018). Test-retest reliability of internal pudendal artery blood flow using color doppler ultrasonography in healthy women. International Urogynecology Journal, accepted 26 February 2018.
  • Dumoulin, C., Morin, M., Mayran, M. H., Tousignant, M., & Abrahamowicz, (2017) Group physiotherapy compared to individual physiotherapy to treat urinary incontinence in aging women: study protocol for a randomized, controlled, non-inferiority trial. Trials, 18(1):544.
  • Dumoulin C, Tang A, Pontbriand-Drolet S, Maddill S, Morin M. (2017). Pelvic floor morphometry: a predictor of pelvic floor muscle training’s success for women with stress and mixed urinary incontinence. International Urogynecology Journal. 28(8):1233-1239. doi:10.1007/s00192-016-3254-7
  • Mercier, J., Morin, M., Lemieux, M. C., Reichetzer, B., Khalife, S., & Dumoulin, C. (2016). Pelvic floor muscle training to reduce symptoms and signs of vulvovaginal atrophy: a case study. Menopause, 23(7), 816-820. doi:10.1097/gme.0000000000000620
  • Sran, M., Mercier, J., Wilson, P., Lieblich, P., & Dumoulin, C. (2016). Physical therapy for urinary incontinence in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis or low bone density: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause, 23(3), 286-293. doi:10.1097/gme.0000000000000594
  • Morin, M., Dumoulin, C., Bergeron, S., Mayrand, M. H., Khalife, S., . . . Dubois, M. F. (2016). Randomized clinical trial of multimodal physiotherapy treatment compared to overnight lidocaine ointment in women with provoked vestibulodynia: Design and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 46, 52-59. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.11.013
  • Dumoulin, C., Hunter, K. F., Moore, K., Bradley, C. S., Burgio, K. L., Hagen, S., . . . Chambers, T. (2016). Conservative management for female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse review 2013: Summary of the 5th International Consultation on Incontinence. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 35(1), 15-20. doi:10.1002/nau.22677
  • Dumoulin, C., Hay-Smith, J., Frawley, H., McClurg, D., Alewijnse, D., Bo, K., . . . Van Kampen, M. (2015). 2014 consensus statement on improving pelvic floor muscle training adherence: International Continence Society 2011 State-of-the-Science Seminar. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 34(7), 600-605. doi:10.1002/nau.22796
  • Elliott, V., de Bruin, E. D., & Dumoulin, C. (2015). Virtual reality rehabilitation as a treatment approach for older women with MUI: a feasibility study. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 34(3), 236-243. doi:10.1002/nau.22553

Research orientation

Dr. Chantal Dumoulin’s research chair in Urogynecological Health and Aging focuses on the health of aging women. Studies deal mainly with urinary incontinence, nocturia, and genitourinary syndrome of menopause. More specifically, Dr. Dumoulin is studying the aging of the female urogynaecological system in order to better understand the physiopathology of urinary incontinence, nocturia, and genito-urinary syndrome of menopause among older women. She is also looking into the prevention and treatment of these problems as well as trying to identify women more likely to benefit from conservative treatment such as rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles. Moreover, she conducts systematic reviews and contributes every four years to the development of International Incontinence Clinical Practice Guidelines by chairing the conservative management chapter of the International Consultation on Incontinence book.  Her methodological expertise includes the development and psychometric evaluation of measurement tools as well as assessment of the efficacy of treatments using randomized clinical trials, clinical prediction rule development and systematic review.