Sylvie Nadeau, Ph.D.


Director of physiotherapy programs and full professor

Contact address (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