Judith Hunter, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Judith Hunter head shot

Assistant Professor

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

Email:   judith.hunter@utoronto.ca
Fax:         416-946-8562



Judith (Judi) Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy. She completed her BSc(PT) and MSc (Anatomy) and PhD (Pain Neuroscience) at the University of Toronto, and a post-doctoral fellowship Toronto Rehab – Lyndhurst Centre.

Judi is a member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain (UTCSP), a member of the Pain Sciences Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is also the curriculum director for the UAlberta- Certificate in Pain Management.

Thacker L, Walsh RM, Song GS, Khan HA, Parmar P, Vance KT, Grant G, Mesaroli G, Hunter J & Vader K (2021) Exploring Physiotherapy Practice within Hospital-Based Interprofessional Chronic Pain Clinics in Ontario, Canadian Journal of Pain,  DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2021.1905508 

Dnes N, Coley B, Frisby K, Keller A, Suyom J, Tsui C, Grant G, Vader K, Hunter J. (2020). "A little bit of a guidance and a little bit of group support": a qualitative study of preferences, barriers, and facilitators to participating in community-based exercise opportunities among adults living with chronic pain. Disabil Rehabil. Mar 28:1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1742801.

Clarke H, Rai A, Bao J, Poon M, Rao V, Djaiani G, Beattie S, Page G, Choiniere M, McGillion M, Parry M, Hunter J, Watt-Watson J, Martin L, Grosman-Rimon L, Kumbhare D, Hanlon J, Seltzer Z, Katz, J. (2019). Toward a phenomic analysis of chronic postsurgical pain following cardiac surgery, Canadian Journal of Pain; 3:1, 58-69,. https://doi.org/10.1080/24740527.2019.1580142

Widerstrom-Noga E, Anderson KD, Perez S, Hunter JP, Martinez-Arizala A, Adcock JP, Escalona M. (2017). Living with Chronic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury: A Mixed-Methods Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. May;98(5):856-865.  DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.10.018

Hitzig SL, Hunter JP, Ballantyne EC, Katz J, Rapson L, Catharine Craven B, Boschen KA. (2017). Outcomes and reflections on a consensus-building workshop for developing a spinal cord injury-related chronic pain research agenda. J Spinal Cord Med. 40(3); 258-267. DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2015.1136115

Hunter J, Dranga R, Van Wyk M, Dostrovsky J. (2014). Temporal profile of the thermal grill evoked percept from stimulation of glabrous vs. hairy skin. Eur J Pain. 2015 Feb;19(2):202-15. DOI: 10.1002/ejp.538

Hunter JP, Stinson J, Campbell F, Stevens B, Wagner SJ, Simmons B, White M,van Wyk M. (2015). A novel pain interprofessional education strategy for trainees: assessing impact on interprofessional competencies and pediatric pain knowledge. Pain Res Manag. 2015 Jan-Feb;20(1):e12-20. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/159580. 

Lax L, Watt-Watson J., Lui M, Dubrowski A, McGillion M., Hunter J., MacLennan C, Knickle K., Robb A. & Lapeyre, J. (2011). Innovation and Design of a Web-based Pain Education Interprofessional Resource. Pain Research and Management. 16(6):427-432.

Norrbrink C, Löfgren M, Hunter JP, Ellis J. (2012) Patients’ Perspectives on Pain. Topics Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil; 18(1):50-6. doi: 10.1310/sci1801-50.

Norman C, Bender JL, MacDonald J, Dunn M, Dunne MS, Siu B, Hitzig SL, Jadad AR, Hunter JP. (2010) Questions that individuals with spinal cord injury have regarding their chronic pain: A qualitative study.  Disabil Rehabil; 32(2):114-24.

Watt-Watson J, McGillion M, Hunter J, Choiniere M, Clark AJ, Dewar A, Johnston C, Lynch M, Morley-Forster P, Moulin D, Thie N, von Baeyer CL, Webber K. (2009) A survey of prelicensure pain curricula in health science faculties in Canadian universities. Pain Res Manag. 2009 Nov-Dec;14(6):439-44. doi: 10.1155/2009/307932.

Hunter JP, Katz J, Davis KD. (2008) Stability of phantom limb phenomena after upper limb amputation: a longitudinal study. Neuroscience; 156(4):939-49.

Hunter J, Watt-Watson J, McGillion M, Raman-Wilms L, Cockburn L, Lax L, Stinson J, Cameron A, Dao T, Pennefather P, Schreiber M, Librach L, Kavanagh T, Gordon A, Cullen N, Mock D, Salter M. (2008) An Interfaculty Pain Curriculum: Lessons learned from six years experience. Pain; 140(1):74-86.

Hunter JP, Katz J, Davis KD. (2005) Dissociation of phantom limb phenomena from stump tactile spatial acuity and sensory thresholds. Brain; 128:308-320.

Watt-Watson J, Hunter J, Pennefather P, Librach L, Raman-Wilms L, Schreiber M, Stinson J, Dao T, Gordon A, Mock D, Salter M. (2004) An Integrated undergraduate pain curriculum, based on IASP curricula, for six Health Science Faculties. Pain; 110:140-148.

Hunter JP, Katz J, Davis KD. (2003) The effect of tactile and visual sensory inputs on phantom limb awareness. Brain; 126:579-589.

Judi’s PhD studies focused on sensory processing and phantom limb pain.  Her postdoc studies focused on translation of theory to practice to evaluate integrative somatosensory processing in people with central neuropathic pain after SCI. She also studies methodology and effect of interprofessional education for interprofessional collaborative chronic pain care.

Judi teaches the pain theme across the MSc(PT) curriculum. She also is available as faculty advisor for the second year MSc(PT) research projects.  Judi’s passion is to develop innovative methods to teach collaborative interprofessional pain management. For 10 years she was Chair of the innovative “Interfaculty Pain Curriculum,” was awarded 2007 Northrop Frye Award of Excellence for “demonstrating exemplary and innovative ways of linking teaching and research”.

In addition to departmental teaching, Judi is course director for the first graduate level Certificate Programme in Pain Management at U. Alberta.  This is an online interprofessional programme.

Assistant Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta