Dahlia Kairy, Ph.D.

Associate professor

Contact (research)
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)
Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM) du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
6363, chemin Hudson
Montreal (Quebec) H3S 1M9
T 514-340-2085, #2034

Contact (school)
T 514 343-6301
F 514 343-6929

Research background  (french)


  • B.Sc. Physical Therapy, McGill University (1997)
  • M.Sc. Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University (2002)
  • Ph.D. Public Health, Organization of Health Services option, Université de Montréal (2010)
  • Postdoctoral Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke (2012)

Current research projects

  • Telerehabilitation projects and virtual reality in patients who had a stroke (balance, upper limb)
  • Telerehabilitation project to support clinicians in early supported discharge interventions for patients who had a stroke
  • Developing a mobile app to facilitate social participation for people with disability
  • Development of an intelligent power wheelchairs and social participation
  • Development and evaluation of communities of practice
  • Evaluation of knowledge translation strategies in rehabilitation
  • Evaluation of telerehabilitation implementation in rehabilitation settings

Selected publications

  • Norouzi-Gheidari, N., Hernandez, A., Archambault, P., Higgins, J., Poissant, L., & Kairy, D. (2019). Feasibility, safety and efficacy of a virtual reality exergame system to supplement upper extremity rehabilitation post-stroke: a pilot randomized clinical trial and proof of principle. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1). doi:10.3390/ijerph17010113.
  • Kairy, D., Messier, F., Zidarov, D., Ahmed, S., Poissant, L., Rushton, P.W., Vincent, C., Fillion, B., & Lavoie, V. (2017). Evaluating the implementation process of a new telerehabilitation modality in three rehabilitation settings using the normalization process theory: study protocol. International Journal of Healthcare Management, 1-8. doi:10.1080/20479700.2017.1314119
  • Pan, S., Kairy, D., Corriveau, H., & Tousignant, M. (2017). Adapted Tai Chi Enhances Upper Limb Motor Control in Chronic Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Novel Physiotherapy, 7, 335. doi: 10.4172/2165-7025.1000335
  • Kairy, D., Soares Veras, M.M., Archambault, P., Hernandez, A., Higgins, J., Levin, M.F., Poissant, L., Raz, A., & Kaizer, F. (2016). Maximizing post-stroke upper limb rehabilitation using a novel telerehabilitation interactive virtual reality system in the patient’s home: a study protocol of a randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 4(47), 49-53. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.12.006
  • Veras, M., Kairy, D., Rogante, M., Giacomozzi, C., & Saraiva, S. (2017). Scoping review of outcome measures used in telerehabilitation and virtual reality for post-stroke rehabilitation. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 23(6), 567-587. doi:10.1177/1357633×16656235
  • Mazer, B., Kairy, D., Guindon, A., Girard, M., Swaine, B., Kehayia, A., & Labbe, D. (2015). Rehabilitation Living Lab in the Mall: Learning Together to Improve Rehabilitation, Participation and Social Inclusion for People Living with Disabilities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(4), 4439-4460. doi:10.3390/ijerph120404439
  • Kairy, D., Lehoux, P., & Vincent, C. (2014). Exploring routine use of telemedicine through a case study in rehabilitation. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, Special issue: eHealth in the Region of the Americas, 35(5-6), 337-344.
  • Kairy, D., Tousignant, M., Leclerc, N., Côté, A.-M., Levasseur, M., & Tel Age Researchers (2013). The patient’s perspective of in-home telerehabilitation physiotherapy services following total knee arthroplasty. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(9), 3998-4011.
  • Kairy, D., Lehoux, P., Vincent, C., & Visintin, M. (2009). A systematic review of clinical outcomes, clinical process, health care utilization and costs associated with telerehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(6), 427-447. doi:10.1080/09638280802062553

In the media

Research interests