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 at KITE, 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 academic lead of the Walking Measures Group and Canadian ABT Working Group for the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute.

Singh H, Scovil C, Yoshida K, Oosman S, Kaiser A, Craven BC, Jaglal SB, Musselman KE. Factors that influence the risk of falling after spinal cord injury: a qualitative photo-elicitation study with individuals that use a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility. BMJ Open. 2020; 10: e034279.

Singh H, Scovil C, Yoshida K, Oosman S, Kaiser A, Jaglal SB, Musselman KE. Capturing the psychosocial impacts of falls from the perspectives of wheelchair users with spinal cord injury through photo-elicitation. Disability & Rehabilitation, E-pub Jan 6 2020.

Arora T, Oates A, Lynd K, Musselman KE. Current state of balance assessment during transferring, sitting, standing and walking activities for the spinal cord injured population: a systematic review. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2020; 43: 10-23.

Donkers S, Chan K, Pakosh M, Milosavljevic S, Musselman KE. Informing the training of health care professionals to implement behaviour change strategies for physical activity promotion in neurorehabilitation: A systematic review. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2020; 10: 310-323.

Chan K, Lee JW, Unger J, Yoo J, Masani K, Musselman KE. Reactive stepping after a forward fall in people living with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease. Spinal Cord. 2020; 58: 185-193.

Singh H, Craven BC, Flett H, Kerry C, Jaglal SB, Silver MP, Musselman KE. Factors influencing fall prevention for patients with spinal cord injury from the perspectives of administrators in Canadian rehabilitation hospitals. BMC Health Services Research. 2019; 19: 391.

Marinho-Buzelli AR, Zaluski A, Mansfield A, Bonnyman AM, Musselman KE. The use of aquatic therapy among rehabilitation professionals for individuals with spinal cord injury or disorder. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2019; 42(Sup 1): 158-165.

Chan K, Unger J, Lee JW, Johnston G, Constand M, Masani K, Musselman KE. Quantifying balance control after spinal cord injury: reliability and validity of the mini-BESTest. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2019; 42(Sup 1): 141-148.

Musselman KE, Verrier MC, Flett H, Nadeau S, Yang JF, Farahani F, Alavinia SM, Omidvar M, Wiest MJ, Craven BC. Development of walking indicators to advance the quality of spinal cord injury rehabilitation: SCI-High project. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2019; 42(Sup 1): 119-129.

Musselman KE, Lemay JF, Walden K, Harris A, Gagnon D, Verrier M. The standing and walking assessment tool for individuals with spinal cord injury: a qualitative study of validity and clinical use. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.  2019; 42(Sup 1): 108-118.

Dawe J, Yang JF, Fehlings D, Likitlersuang J, Rumney P, Zariffa J, Musselman KE. Validating accelerometry as a measure of arm movement for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Physical Therapy. 2019; 99: 791-792.

Khan A, Pujol C, Laylor M, Unic N, Pakosh M, Dawe J, Musselman KE. Falls after spinal cord injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis of incidence proportion and contributing factors. Spinal Cord. 2019; 57: 526-539.

Unger J, Singh H, Mansfield A, Hitzig SL, Lenton E, Musselman KE. The experiences of physical rehabilitation in individuals with spinal cord injuries: a qualitative thematic synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019; 41: 1367-1383.

Arora T, Musselman KE, Lanovaz J, Linassi G, Arnold C, Milosavljevic S, Oates AR. Walking stability during normal walking and its association with slip intensity among individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2019; 11: 270-277.

Unger J, Chan K, Scovil C, Craven BC, Mansfield A, Masani K, Musselman KE. Intensive balance training for adults with incomplete spinal cord injuries: protocol for an assessor-blinded randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy. 2019; 99: 420-427.

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. 2019; 35: 148-156.

The overarching aim of Dr. Musselman’s research is to develop innovative, clinically feasible approaches to restore movement, function and participation for individuals living with complex neurological disease across the lifespan. Dr. Musselman and the SCI Mobility Lab team develop and implement assessments, technologies and interventions that emphasize individualization (i.e. customization to individuals for targeted applications of therapy), self-efficacy and the principles of neuroplasticity (i.e. intensity, challenge, and task-specificity). Dr. Musselman’s current research is funded by CIHR, NSERC, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and Praxis Spinal Cord Institute.

Dr. Musselman teaches in unit 4, Physical Therapy Practice III, and unit 6, Advanced Critical Thinking in Physical Therapy. Dr. Musselman also teaches continuing education courses on Functional Electrical Stimulation to physical and occupational therapists across Canada.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Scientist, KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of Saskatchewan