Sylvie Nadeau, Ph.D.


Full professor

Contact details (research)
Laboratoire de Pathokinésiologie
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR) du Montréal métropolitain
6300, avenue Darlington
Montreal (Quebec), H3S 2J4
T 514 340-2111, ext. 2179


Contact details (School)
T 514 343-2253



  • B.Sc. Physiotherapy, University of Montreal (1985), clinician from 1985 to 1993
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), University of Montreal (1993)
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), University of Montreal (1996)
  • Postdoctoral (2 years);
    • Laboratoire de Neurobiologie et mouvements à Marseille, France
    • Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
    • Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Quebec

Current research projects

  • Training of the upper limb using the concept of increased error in hemiparetic subjects;
  • Assessment of upper limb coordination in healthy and post-stroke subjects;
  • Quantification of locomotor capacities in ecological environments;
  • Locomotor asymmetry in people with stroke.

Selected publications

  • Duclos, N. C., Duclos, C., & Nadeau, S. (2019). Slow and faster post-stroke walkers have a different trunk progression and braking impulse during gait. Gait & Posture, 68, 483-487. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.12.037
  • Duclos, N. C., Aguar, L. T., Aissaoui, R., Faria, C. D. C. M., Nadeau, S., & Duclos, C. (2019). Activity monitor placed at the nonparetic ankle is accurate in measuring step counts during community walking in poststroke individuals: A validation study. PM&R, 11(9), 963-971. doi:10.1002/pmrj.12080
  • Martins, J. C., Aguiar, L. T., Nadeau, S., Scianni, A. A., Teixeira-Salmela, L. F., & Faria, C. D. C. M. (2019). Measurement properties of self-report physical activity assessment tools for patients with stroke: a systematic review. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy. doi:10.1016/j.bjpt.2019.02.004
  • Richards, C. L., Malouin, F., Nadeau, S., Fung, J., D’Amours, L., Perez, C., & Durand, A. (2018). Amount and content of sensorimotor therapy delivered in three stroke rehabilitation units in Quebec, Canada. Physiotherapy Canada, 70(2), 120-132. doi:10.3138/ptc.2016-66
  • Betschart, M., Lauzière, S., Miéville, C., McFadyen, B. J., & Nadeau, S. (2017). Changes in lower limb muscle activity after walking on a split-belt treadmill in individuals post-stroke. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 32(Supplement C), 93-100. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2016.12.007

Research orientation

  • Walking and other functional activities
  • Determinants and rehabilitation of locomotor function
  • Pathokinesiology of the lower limb
  • Perception and sense of effort, balance assessment
  • 3D analysis, dynamometry, EMG
  • Hemiparesis, Spinal cord injury, knee prothesis, amputee
  • Upper and lower limbs bilateral coordination
  • New emerging approaches in locomotor rehabilitation