Kristin Musselman, BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Kristin Musselman

Assistant Professor

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


Dr. Kristin Musselman is a physical therapist and Scientist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and the Mobility Team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre. She completed a BSc (Life Sciences) and BScPT at Queen’s University, followed by a MSc (Neurosciences) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Musselman was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. She is active in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the Executive of the Neurosciences Division. She is also co-lead of the Walking Measures Group for the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry.

Shah G, Oates AR, Arora T, Lanovaz JL, Musselman KE. Measuring balance confidence after spinal cord injury: the validity and reliability of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2017; 40: 768-776.

Sivarajah L, Kane KJ, Lanovaz JL, Bisaro DL, Oates AR, Musselman KE. The feasibility and validity of body-worn sensors to supplement timed walking tests for children with neurological conditions. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics In press July 2017.

Kane KJ, Manns P, Lanovaz J, Musselman KE. Clinician perspectives and experiences in the prescription of ankle-foot orthoses for children with cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice In press July 2017.

Arora T, Musselman KE, Lanovaz JL, Oates AR. Effect of haptic input on standing balance among individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Neuroscience Letters 2017; 642: 91-96.

Singh H, Shah M, Flett HM, Craven BC, Verrier MC, Musselman KE. Perspectives of individuals with sub-acute spinal cord injury after personalized adapted locomotor training. Disability and Rehabilitation, E-pub Jan 13 2017.

Musselman KE, Manns P, Dawe J, Delgado R, Yang JF. The feasibility of functional electrical stimulation to improve upper extremity function in a two year-old child with perinatal stroke: A case report. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics E-pub Jan 10 2017.

Gandhi P, Chan K, Verrier MC, Pakosh M, Musselman KE. Training to improve walking after pediatric spinal cord injury: A systematic review of parameters and walking outcomes. Journal of Neurotrauma E-pub Jan 13 2017.

Lanovaz JL, Oates AR, Treen T, Unger J, Musselman KE. Validation of a commercial inertial sensor system for spatiotemporal gait measures in children. Gait & Posture 2017; 51: 14-19.

Chan K, Guy K, Shah G, Golla J, Flett H, Williams J, Musselman KE. Retrospective assessment of the validity and use of the community balance and mobility scale among individuals with subacute spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2017; 55: 294-299.

Musselman KE, Roemmich RT, Garrett B, Bastian AJ. Motor learning in childhood reveals distinct mechanisms for memory retention and re-learning. Learning & Memory 2016; 23: 229-237.

Auchstaetter N, Luc J, Lukye S, Lynd K, Schemenauer S, Whittaker M, Musselman KE. Physical Therapists' Use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Clients With Stroke: Frequency, Barriers, and Facilitators. Physical Therapy 2015; Dec 23 E-pub.

Musselman KE. Movement observation to identify ataxia: how well do experts agree? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2016; 58: 11-12.

Bisaro DL, Bidonde J, Kane K, Bergsma SA, Musselman KE. Past and current use of walking measures for children with spina bifida: a systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015; 96: 1533-43.

Dr. Musselman’s research aims to optimize the rehabilitation and measurement of walking and upper limb movements following damage to the nervous system in children and adults. She and her colleagues have developed novel assessment and training tools for individuals with spinal cord injury and pediatric populations. Her current research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Rick Hansen Institute, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Musselman teaches in the Physical Therapy programs at the Universities of Toronto and Saskatchewan. In Toronto, she is part of the Unit 5 (Neurological Physical Therapy) teaching team. Dr. Musselman also teaches continuing education courses on Functional Electrical Stimulation to physical and occupational therapists across Canada. 

Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Assistant Professor (status), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Associate Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor, School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan

Associate Member, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan