Kristin Musselman, BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Kristin Musselman

Assistant Professor

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

Email:  kristin.musselman@utoronto.ca

Dr. Kristin Musselman is a physical therapist, Scientist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre, and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Multi-morbidity and Complex Rehabilitation. 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 academic lead of the Canadian SCI Walking Measures Group and Chair of the Canadian ABT Community of Practice for the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute.

Jervis Rademeyer H, Gauthier C, Zariffa J, Walden K, McCullum S, Jeji T, Musselman KE. Using activity-based therapy for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease: the perspectives of physical and occupational therapists in rehabilitation hospitals. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. E-pub Mar 29 2022.

Cheung L, McKay B, Chan K, Heffernan MG, Pakosh M, Musselman KE. Exploring sport participation in individuals with spinal cord injury: a qualitative thematic synthesis. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. E-pub Jan 4 2022.

Dolbow DR, Gorgey AS, Sutor TW, Bochkezanian V, Musselman K. Invasive and non-invasive approaches of electrical stimulation to improve physical functioning after spinal cord injury. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021; 10: 5356.

Fok KL, Lee JW, Unger J, Chan K, Musselman KE, Masani K. Co-contraction of ankle muscle activity during quiet standing in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury is associated with postural instability. Scientific Reports. 2021; 11: 19599.

Craven BC, Musselman K. Transforming SCI rehabilitation care through innovation. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2021; 44(sup1):S5-S16.

Musselman KE, Walden K, Noonan VK, Jervis-Rademeyer H, Thorogood N, Bouyer L, Chan B, Donkers S, Ho C, Jeji T, Kaiser A, Klassen TD, Zariffa J, Grant C, Masani K, Zbogar D, Athanasopoulous P, and the Canadian ABT Summit Attendees. Development of priorities for a Canadian strategy to advance activity-based therapies after spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2021; 59: 874-884.

Cheung L, Musselman KE, Kaiser A, Jervis Rademeyer H, Walden K, Marshall S, Gauthier C. Activity-based therapy and its associated technology in the community for individuals living with spinal cord injury or disease: the perspective of clinicians. Disability and Rehabilitation. E-pub Jun 2 2021.

Singh H, Cheung L, Chan K, Flett HM, Hitzig S, Kaiser A, Musselman KE. Comparing the causes, circumstances and consequences of falls across mobility statuses among individuals with spinal cord injury: a secondary analysis. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2021; 44(sup1): S193-S202.

Singh H, Chan K, Cheung L, Hitzig S, Musselman KE. The impact of falls and fear of falling on participation, autonomy, and life satisfaction among individuals with spinal cord injury: a brief report. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2021; 44(sup1): S234-S239.   

Bekhet AH, Jahan AM, Bochkezanian V, Musselman KE, Elsareih AA, Gorgey AS. Effects of electrical stimulation training on body composition parameters after spinal cord injury: a systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. E-pub Oct 21 2021.

Jervis Rademeyer H, Gauthier C, Masani K, Pakosh M, Musselman KE. The effects of epidural stimulation on individuals living with spinal cord injury or disease: a scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2021; 26: 344-369.

Houston D, Unger J, Lee JW, Masani K, Musselman KE. Perspectives of individuals with chronic spinal cord injury following novel balance training involving functional electrical stimulation with visual feedback. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2021; 18: 57.

Singh H, Collins K, Flett HM, Jaglal S, Musselman KE. Therapists’ perspectives on fall prevention in spinal cord injury rehabilitation – a qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation. E-pub Mar 31 2021.

Marinho-Buzelli AR, Gauthier C, Chan K, Mansfield A, Bonnyman AM, Musselman KE. The state of aquatic therapy use for clients with spinal cord injury or disorder: knowledge and current practice. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. E-pub Apr 8 2021.

Lee JW, Chan K, Unger J, Yoo J, Musselman KE, Masani K. Interjoint coordination between the ankle and hip joints during quiet standing in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2021; 125: 1681-1689.

Bone MD, Arora T, Musselman KE, Lanovaz JL, Linassi GA, Oates AR. Investigating proactive balance control in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury while walking on a known slippery surface. Neuroscience Letters. 2021; 749: 135744. 

Habib Perez O, Chan K, Unger J, Lee J, Masani K, Musselman KE. Characterizing postural asymmetry and inter-limb synchronization after incomplete spinal cord injury: a cross-sectional study. Gait & Posture. 2021; 85: 191-197.  

Swaffield E, Cheung L, Khalili A, Lund E, Boileau M, Chechlacz D, Musselman KE, Gauthier C. Perspectives of people living with a spinal cord injury on activity-based therapy. Disability and Rehabilitation. E-pub Feb 9 2021.

Unger J, Chan K, Lee JW, Craven BC, Mansfield A, Alavinia M, Masani K, Musselman KE. The effect of perturbation-based balance training and conventional intensive balance training on reactive stepping ability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease: a randomized clinical trial. Frontiers in Neurology - Neurorehabilitation. 2021; 12: 620367.

Oates A, Arora T, Lanovaz J, Musselman KE. The effects of light touch on gait and dynamic balance during normal and tandem walking in individuals with an incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2021; 59: 159-166.

Noamani A, Lemay JF, Musselman KE, Rouhani H. Characterization of standing balance after incomplete spinal cord injury: alteration in integration of sensory information. Gait & Posture. 2021; 83: 152-159.

Musselman KE, Arora T, Chan K, Alavinia M, Bone M, Unger J, Lanovaz J, Oates A. Evaluating intrinsic fall risk factors after incomplete spinal cord injury: distinguishing fallers from nonfallers. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation. 2021; 3: 100096.

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, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, a Connaught New Researcher Award and the Canadian Research Chairs Program.

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