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 academic lead of the Canadian SCI Walking Measures Group and Chair of the Canadian ABT Community of Practice for the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute.

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.

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.

Noamani A, Lemay JF, Musselman KE, Rouhani H. Postural control strategy after incomplete spinal cord injury: effect of sensory inputs on trunk-leg movement coordination. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2020; 17: 141.

Singh H, Musselman KE, Colella TJF, McGilton KS, Iaboni A, Bayley M, Zariffa J. Exploring the perspectives of outpatient rehabilitation clinicians on the challenges with monitoring patient health, function and activity in the community. Disability and Rehabilitation. E-pub Nov 30 2020.

Lemay JF, Noamani A, Unger J, Houston D, Rouhani H, Musselman KE. Using wearable sensors to characterize gait after spinal cord injury: a psychometric study. Spinal Cord. E-pub Oct 6 2020.

Unger J, Oates AR, Lanovaz J, Chan K, Lee JW, Theventhiran P, Masani K, Musselman KE. The measurement properties of the Lean-and-Release test in people with incomplete spinal cord injury or disease. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. E-pub Dec 2 2020.

Anderson KD, Wilson JR, Korupolu R, Pierce J, Bowen J, O’Reilly, Kapadia N, Popovic MR, Thabane L, Musselman KE. Multicentre, single-blind randomized controlled trial comparing MyndMove neuromodulation therapy with conventional therapy in traumatic spinal cord injury: a protocol study. BMJ Open. 2020; 10: e039650.

Singh H, Scovil CY, Bostick G, Kaiser A, Craven BC, Jaglal S, Musselman KE. Perspectives of wheelchair users with spinal cord injury on fall circumstances and fall prevention: a mixed methods approach using photovoice. PLOS One. 2020; 15: e0238116.

Arora T, Musselman KE, Lanovaz J, Linassi G, Arnold C, Milosavljevic S, Oates A. Reactive balance responses to an unexpected slip perturbation in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics. 2020; 78: 105099.

Kaiser A, Chan K, Pakosh M, Musselman KE. The characteristics of activity-based therapy interventions for people living with spinal cord injury or disease across continuum of care: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2020; 10: e040014.

Houston D, Lee JW, Unger J, Masani K, Musselman KE. Functional electrical stimulation plus visual feedback balance training for standing balance performance among individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury: a case series. Frontiers in Neurology - Neurorehabilitation. 2020; 11: 680.

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.

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, 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