Research: areas of expertise

In September 2010, we introduced two new graduate research programs in Rehabilitation Science. The research based Master’s (M.Sc.) and Doctorat (Ph.D.) programs in Rehabilitation Science are designed for clinicians with an undergraduate or clinical masters degree in occupational or physical therapy or other related field, who would like to expand their knowledge and experience by pursuing a research career in the field of health and rehabilitation.

The field of Rehabilitation Science includes but is not limited to musculoskeletal, neurological and psycho-social disorders, their impact on the interaction between the person and his/her environment and the establishment of treatment interventions to optimize all functions necessary for the performance of activities and social roles. The body of knowledge in Rehabilitation Science underlying the practice of occupational and physical therapy includes :

  • Normal human development;
  • Limitations of human function and their related factors;
  • Strategies to maximize human function;
  • Adaptation of the environment in accordance with the person’s functional limitations;
  • Prevention of disorders leading to functional limitations;
  • Provision of rehabilitation services.

Studies in Rehabilitation Science use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological approaches to meet the goals of fundamental and applied (clinical and epidemiological) research.

Areas of expertise

Although the field of Rehabilitation Science is vast, professors and researchers in our department have expertise in a wide range of health and rehabilitation problems such as :

  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • neurological disorders
  • psychosocial disorders
  • clients of all ages
    • newborn
    • child
    • adolescent
    • adult
    • elderly

Research Centres

For several years now, professors and researchers of our department are integrated in established research centres such as :

●  le Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR) ;
● le Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM) ;
● le Centre de Recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine ;
●  le Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin de l’Hôpital Louis-H Lafontaine.

These research centres participate in the training and mentoring for our graduate as well as our post doctoral students.

The École de réadaptation benefits from Université de Montréal international agreements established with other universities around the world. Consequently, it is possible for a graduate student to have a joint thesis supervision with an affiliated university.