Daniel Bourbonnais, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus and adjunct professor

Contact details (Research)
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR) du Montréal-Métropolitain
Site Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
6300, avenue Darlington
Montréal (Québec) H3S 2J4

Contact details 

Occupational Therapy


  • B. Sc., Occupational Therapy, Université de Montréal (1978)
  • M. Sc., Neurosciences, Université de Montréal (1981)
  • Ph. D., Neurosciences, Université de Montréal (1984)
  • Postdoctorate, Laboratoires de neurosciences fonctionnelles C.N.R.S., Marseille (1984-1985)
  • Postdoctorate, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago (1985-1986)

Current research projects

  • Rehabilitation of muscle synergies during normal walking and functional tasks
  • Sensory re-education and pain

Selected publications

  • Pelletier, R., Bourbonnais, D., Higgins, J., Mireault, M., Harris, P. G., & Danino, M. A. (2019). Pain interference may be an important link between pain severity, impairment, and self-reported disability in participants with wrist/hand pain. Journal of Hand Therapy. doi:10.1016/jht.2019.06.001
  • Pelletier, R., Paquette, E., Bourbonnais, D., Higgins, J., Harris, P. G., & Danino, M. A. (2019). Bilateral sensory and motor as well as cognitive differences between persons with and without musculoskeletal disorders of the wrist and hand. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 44, 102058. doi:10.1016/j.msksp.2019.102058
  • Pelletier, R., Bourbonnais, D., Higgins, J., Mireault, M., Danino, M. A., & Harris, P. G. (2018). Left right judgement task and sensory, motor, and cognitive assessment in participants with wrist/hand pain. Rehabilitation Research and Practice, 2018, 1530245. doi:10.1155/2018/1530245
  • Pelletier, R., Higgins, J., & Bourbonnais, D. (2018). Laterality recognition of images, motor performance, and aspects related to pain in participants with and without wrist/hand disorders: An observational cross-sectional study. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 35, 18-24. doi:10.1016/j.msksp.2018.01.010
  • Quintal, I., Poiré-Hamel, L., Bourbonnais, D., & Dyer, J.O. (2018). Management of long-term complex regional pain syndrome with allodynia: a case report. Journal of Hand Therapy, 31(2), 255-264. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2018.01.012
  • Hamasaki, T., Pelletier, R., Bourbonnais, D., Harris, P., & Choinière, M. (2018). Pain-related psychological issues in hand therapy. Journal of Hand Therapy, 31(2), 215-226. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2017.12.009

Research interests

  • Neuronal plasticity and pain
  • Muscle synergies and motor performance