Kara Patterson, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Kara patterson

Assistant Professor

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

Email: kara.patterson@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-946-8549
Fax: 416-946-8562
Lab: RELEARN Laboratory


Dr. Kara Patterson received her physiotherapy training from Queen’s University and practiced clinically in Canada and the United States before returning to Canada to pursue graduate studies. She received her MSc and PhD in Rehabilitation Science from U of T and completed postdoctoral training at McGill University.

Rozanski GM, Huntley AH, Crosby LD, Schinkel-Ivy A, Mansfield A, Patterson KK. Lower limb muscle activity underlying temporal gait asymmetry post-stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology. DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2020.04.171

Gregor S, Wallace A, Walsh H, Vaughan-Graham, Patterson KK. Structuring adaptive dance programs for persons post-stroke: a qualitative study" Disability and Rehabilitation 2020 Jan 2 (aop): 1-11. Article DOI 10.1080/09638288.2019.170897

Patterson KK, Wong SJ, Nguyen T, Brooks D. A dance program to improve gait and balance in individuals with chronic stroke: a feasibility study Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2018 25(6):410-6 Article DOI 10.1080/10749357.2018.1469714

Bramley A, Rodriguez AA, Chen J, Desta W, Weir V, DePaul VG, Patterson KK. Lessons about Motor Learning: How is Motor Learning Taught in Physical Therapy Programs Across Canada? Physiotherapy Canada. 2018. 70(4):365-72. Article DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.01.009.

Patterson KK, Wong SJ, Knorr S, Grahn, JA. Rhythm perception and production abilities and their relationship to gait after stroke Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2018 99(5):945-51

The overall goal of Dr. Patterson’s research program is to advance neurorehabilitation practice in order to improve gait and mobility outcomes for individuals living with neurological conditions and in particular stroke. Dr. Patterson’s research interests include 1) neural control of gait and how it is affected post stroke 2) motor re-learning of lower extremity movements post stroke and 3) measurement and neurorehabilitation of gait. Dr. Patterson's current projects focus on the use of dance- rhythm- and music-based interventions to improve gait, balance and psychosocial well-being. Her work is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, CIHR and NSERC.

Dr. Patterson is involved in the PHT 1001 and PHT 1104 courses.  She is responsible for teaching neurophysiology, motor learning and movement analysis.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Scientist, KITE Research Institute, University Health Network