Dorothy Barthélemy, Ph.D.

Associate professor

Contact details (Research)
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)
Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
6300, Darlington Ave
Montreal (Quebec) H3S 2J4
T 514-340-2085, # 3049
F 514 340-2154

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-7712
514 343-6929



  • B.Sc., Physiotherapy, Université de Montréal (1997)
  • M.Sc., Neurosciences, Université de Montréal (2001)
  • Ph.D., Neurosciences, Université de Montréal (2006)
  • Post-doctorate, Human Neurophysiology, University of Copenhagen (2009)
  • Post-doctorate, Human Neurophysiology, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière (2009)

Current research projects

  • Corticospinal interactions underlying balance control in healthy subjects
  • Contribution of interhemispheric interactions to postural adjustments in healthy subjects
  • Impairment of balance control mechanisms in patients with spinal cord injury

Selected publications

  • Jean-Charles, L., Nepveu, J. F., Deffeyes, J. E., Elgbeili, G., Dancause, N., & Barthélemy, D. (2017). Interhemispheric interactions between trunk muscle representations of the primary motor cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 118(3), 1488-1500. doi:10.1152/jn.00778.2016
  • Barthelemy, D., Willerslev-Olsen, M., Lundell, H., Biering-Sorensen, F., & Nielsen, J. B. (2015). Assessment of transmission in specific descending pathways in relation to gait and balance following spinal cord injury. Progress in Brain Research, 218, 79-101. doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2014.12.012
  • Barthelemy, D., Knudsen, H., Willerslev-Olsen, M., Lundell, H., Nielsen, J. B., & Biering-Sorensen, F. (2013). Functional implications of corticospinal tract impairment on gait after spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 51(11), 852-856. doi:10.1038/sc.2013.84

Research interests

  • Neuronal plasticity following a lesion to the central nervous system
  • Role of the motor cortex and of the vestibular system in balance and gait control
  • Use of transcranial magnetic stimulation and of electrical stimulation to assess neuronal pathways