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.

Patterson KK, Nadkarni N, Black SE, McIlroy WE. Gait symmetry and velocity differ in their relationship to age. Gait and Posture. 2012: 35; 590-594.

Patterson KK, Gage WH, Brooks D, Black SE, McIlroy WE. Changes in gait symmetry and velocity after stroke: a cross sectional study from weeks to years after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2010: 24;783-790.

Patterson KK, Gage WH, Brooks D, Black SE, McIlroy WE. Gait asymmetry post-stroke: an examination of current methods and recommendations for common standards. Gait and Posture. 2010:31; 241-246.

Alexander LD, Black SE, Patterson KK, Gao F, Danells CJ, McIlroy WE. Association between gait asymmetry and brain lesion location in stroke patients. Stroke. 2009:40;537-544.

Sibley KM, Tang A, Patterson KK, Brooks D, McIlroy WE. Changes in spatiotemporal gait variables over time during a test of functional capacity after stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2009:6;27.

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. Her work is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Patterson is responsible for teaching neurophysiology and aspects of neurorehabilitation in PHT1005Y of the MScPT program.

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