Dany Gagnon, Ph.D.

Associate professor

Contact details (Research)
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)
Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
6300 avenue Darlington
Montreal (Quebec), H3S 2J4
T 514 340-2111, poste 2260

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6111, poste 26382
F 514 343-6929

Researcher profile (french)
Research background (french)


  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy, McGill University (1990)
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences, University of Montreal (2001)
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), University of Montreal (2008)
  • Postdoctoral, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA & Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Hospital Pittsburgh-Highland Park Campus, Pittsburgh PA USA (2007-2008)
  • Postdoctoral, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada & Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2008-2009)

Current research projects

  • Utility, acceptability, and efficacy of robotic exoskeletons for overground walking and hand function
  • Biomechanical assessments of manual wheelchair propulsion and running
  • Trunk control and sitting stability in people with sensorimotor impairments and functional disabilities

Selected publications

  • Martin-Lemoyne, V., Gagnon, D., Routhier, F., Poissant, L., Corriveau, H., & Vincent, C. (2016). To what extent are upper limb efforts reduced when ascending a ramp with traction provided by a mobility assistance dog in experienced manual wheelchair users? Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32(2), 186-195. doi:10.1123/jab.2014-0292
  • Nadeau, M.-J., Desrochers, A., Lamontagne, M., Larivière, C., & Gagnon, D. H. (2016). Quantitative ultrasound imaging of Achilles tendon integrity in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals: reliability and minimal detectable change. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research9, 30. doi:10.1186/s13047-016-0164-3
  • Gauthier, C., Grangeon, M., Ananos, L., Brosseau, R., & Gagnon, D. (2017) Quantifying cardiorespiratory responses resulting from speed and slope increments during motorized treadmill propulsion among manual wheelchair users. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 60(5), 281-288. doi:10.1016/j.rehab.2017.02.007
  • Gagnon, D., Cunha, J. D., Boyer-Delestre, M., Bosquet, L., & Duclos, C. (2017) How does wearable robotic exoskeleton affect overground walking performance measured with the 10-m and six-minute walk tests after a basic locomotor training in healthy individuals? Gait Posture, 58, 340-345. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.08.027

Research interests

  • Biomechanics (kinematics, kinetics, electromyography, dynamometry)
  • Cardiorespiratory assessments
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Determinants and predictor of performance during functional and recreational activities
  • New intervention and novel technologies, including robotic exoskeletons for overground walking and hand function
  • Adapted physical activity / Health promotion