Esther Waugh, BScPT, MSc, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Unit 10/12 Co-Coordinator

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Fax:         416-946-8562


Esther Waugh is a physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She received her BSc (Physical Therapy), MSc (Rehabilitation Science) and PhD (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto.

Esther is responsible for the ongoing development and delivery of the Unit 10/12 curriculum.

Waugh EJ, Woodside DB, Beaton DE, Coté P, Hawker GA. Effects of exercise on bone mass in young women with anorexia nervosa. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011; 43(5):755-763.

Hawker GA, French MR, Waugh EJ, Gignac MA, Cheung C, Murray BJ.  The multidimensionality of sleep quality and its relationship to fatigue in older adults with painful osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. 2010; 18(11): 1365-71.

Waugh EJ, Lam M-A, Hawker GA, McGowan J, Pappaioannou A, Cheung A, Hodsman AB, Leslie WD, Siminoski K, Jamal SA (for the Perimenopause BMD Guidelines Subcommittee of Osteoporosis Canada).  Risk factors for low bone mass in healthy 40-60 year old women: a systematic review of the literature. Osteoporosis International. 2009; 20(1):1-21.

Waugh EJ, Polivy J, Ridout R, Hawker GA.  A prospective investigation of the relations among cognitive dietary restraint, subclinical ovulatory disturbances, physical activity and bone mass in healthy young women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007; 86(6):1791-1801.

Esther’s doctoral work investigated factors which influence recovery of bone mineral density in women with anorexia nervosa, with a particular emphasis on the effect of physical activity on bone health in this population.  Her research interests focus on physical activity for the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal disease including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Esther is the co-coordinator of Unit 10/12 (Research) in the MSc(PT) curriculum.