Louise Demers, Ph. D.

Full Professor
Associate Vice-Dean for Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Contact details (Research)
Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
CIUSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
4565, rue Queen Mary
Montréal (Qc)  H3W 1W5

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6417

Occupational Therapy

Research background (french)


  • B.Sc. Occupational Therapy, Université de Montréal (1985)
  • Diploma in Health Services Management, Université de Montréal (1990)
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal (1995)
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal (1999)
  • Postdoctoral (Epidemiogy) Lady Davis Institute, McGill University (2001)

Current research projects

  • AGEWELL – Aging Gracefully across Environments through Technology for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life. Workpackage lead for 10 projects that aim to understand the needs of caregivers and how technology could be used to meet those needs. http://www.agewell-nce.ca/

Selected publications

  • Pysklywec, A., Plante, M., Auger, C., Mortenson, W. B., Eales, J., Routhier, F., & Demers, L. (submitted). The positive effects of caregiving for family caregivers of older adults: A scoping review. International Journal of Care and Caring.
  • Tellier, M., Auger, C., Bier, N., & Demers, L. (accepted). Use of an electronic pillbox by older adults with mild Alzheimer’s disease: Impact on medication administration and adherence. Gerontechnology.
  • Lim, K. H., Pysklywec, A., Plante, M., & Demers, L. (2019). The effectiveness of Tai Chi for short-term cognitive function improvement in the early stages of dementia in the elderly: a systematic literature review. Clinical Intervention in Aging, 14, 827-839. doi:10.2147/cia.s202055
  • Mortenson, W. B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M. J., Bilkey, J., Jutai, J., Alkadri, J., & Aziz, J. (2018). Comparing assessments of physical functional independence in older adults with mobility limitations. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1097/phm.0000000000001092
  • Béland, F., Julien, D., Bier, N., Desrosiers, J., Kergoat, M.-J., & Demers, L. (2018). Association between cognitive function and life-space mobility in older adults: results from the FRéLE longitudinal study. BMC Geriatrics, 18(1), 227. doi:10.1186/s12877-018-0908-y
  • Busuioc, S. A., Karim, M., Efanov, J. I., Demers, L., Izadpanah, A., Harris, P., . . . Bourbonnais, D. (2018). The Michigan Hand Questionnaire and Brief Michigan Hand Questionnaire were successfully translated to Canadian French. Journal of Hand Therapy, 37(2), 86-90. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2018.08.001
  • Bertrand, K., Raymond, M. H., Miller, W. C., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Demers, L. (2017). Walking Aids for Enabling Activity and Participation: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(12), 894-903. doi:10.1097/phm.0000000000000836
  • Mortenson, W. B., Pysklywec, A., Fuhrer, M. J., Jutai, J. W., Plante, M., & Demers, L. (2017). Caregivers’ experiences with the selection and use of assistive technology. Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, 1-6. doi:10.1080/17483107.2017.1353652
  • Raymond, M.-H., Demers, L., & Feldman, D. E. (2017). Differences in waiting list prioritization preferences of occupational therapists, elderly people and persons with disabilities: a discrete choice experiment. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.06.031
  • Provencher, V., Desrosiers, J., Demers, L., & Carmichael, P.-H. (2016). Optimizing social participation in normal aging through the use of behavioral coping strategies. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(10), 972-978. doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1070297

Research interests

  • Assistive technology
  • Older adults
  • Caregivers
  • Outcomes measures et psychometry
  • Social participation