Paula Rushton , Ph.D.
    Paula Rushton
    Research Axis
    Musculoskeletal Health, Rehabilitation and Medical Technologies
    Research Theme
    Pediatric rehabilitation and sports medicine

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    • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
    • Occupational Therapist

    Internship opportunity(ies)


    • Postdoctorate, Research Center, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, University of Montreal, February 2014
    • Doctorate, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2010
    • Master of Clinical Science (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, 1999
    • Bachelor of Science (Biology and Psychology), Mount Allison University, 1993

    Research Interests

    Dr. Rushton’s research is focused on measurement, intervention, technology development, and knowledge translation related to improving the wheeled mobility of both adults and children. Specifically, her interests lie in the areas of wheelchair skill, wheelchair confidence, and development of intelligent power wheelchairs.

    Research Topics

    • Measurement and intervention related to wheelchair skills testing and training
    • Measurement and intervention related to wheelchair confidence
    • Measurement, intervention, and technology development related to intelligent power wheelchairs
    • Knowledge translation of wheelchair skills and wheelchair confidence to clinicians

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging), 2011-2014
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds de la recherché en santé Quebec, 2011-2013
    • PhD Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging), 2007-2010
    • Junior Graduate Studentship Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2007-2010
    • Strategic Training Fellowship (Musculoskeletal and Arthritis Institute), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007-2010


    • Rushton PW, Demers, L, Miller WC, CanWheel Research Team. The Natural History and Measurement of Power Mobility Outcomes Among New and Experienced Older Adult Power Wheelchair Users: A One-Year Longitudinal Study. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 19-22, 2013.
    • Rushton PW, Demers L, Miller WC, Kirby RL, Smith C, Auger C, CanWheel Research Team. Overview of Power Wheelchair Outcomes Tool Kit. Proceedings of the Annual RESNA Conference, Bellevue, Washington, June 22-24, 2013.
    • Rushton PW, Demers L, Miller WC, CanWheel Research Team. Changes that Occur Among New and Experienced Older Adult Power Wheelchair Users over Six Months. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 18-20, 2012.
    • Rushton PW, Demers L. Reliability and Validity of the Wheelchair Use Confidence Scale (WheelCon-P). Proceedings of the CAOT National Conference, Quebec, PQ, June 6-9, 2012.
    • Rushton PW, Demers L, Mortenson WB. The Impact of Older Adults' Use of Power Wheelchairs on their Informal Caregivers. Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Federation on Aging Global Conference on Aging: Ageing Connects. Prague, Czech Republic. May 28-June 1, 2012.

    Selected Publications

    • Rushton PW, Kairy D, Archambault P, Pituch E, Torkia C, El Fathi A, Stone P, Routhier F, Forget R, Pineau J, Gourdeau R, Demers L,
      The potential impact of intelligent power wheelchair use on social participation: perspectives of users, caregivers and clinicians
      Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2014  (sous presse).
    • Rushton PW, Miller WC, Kirby RL, Eng JJ,
      Measure for the assessment of confidence with manual wheelchair use (WheelCon-M) version 2.1: reliability and validity
      J Rehabil Med 2013  61-67.  
    • Rushton PW, Kirby RL, Miller WC,
      Manual wheelchair skills: Objective testing versus subjective questionnaire
      Arch Phys Med Rehab 2013  2313-2318.
    • Rushton PW, Miller WC, Lee Kirby R, Eng JJ, Yip J,
      Development and content validation of the Wheelchair Use Confidence Scale: a mixed-methods study
      Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 2011  57-66.
    • Rushton PW, Miller WC, Mortenson WB, Garden J,
      Satisfaction with participation using a manual wheelchair among individuals with spinal cord injury
      Spinal Cord 2010  691-696.
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