Kyle Vader, BHSc (Hons), MScPT, PhD (candidate)

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

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


Fax: 416-946-8562
Twitter: @vader_kyle

Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist with front-line clinical experience in interprofessional chronic pain care and PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University. He completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology from McMaster University and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. He has completed additional training through the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research-Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) Program at Western University. He is actively involved in his community, currently serving on the Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His research, teaching, and service activities broadly aim to improve the quality of care and health outcomes of people living with chronic pain. 

Vader, K., Bostick, G.P., Carlesso, L.C., Hunter, J., Mesaroli, G., Perreault, K., Tousignant-Laflamme, Y., Tupper, S., Walton, D.M., Wideman, T.H., Miller, J. (2021). The Revised IASP Definition of Pain and Accompanying Notes: Considerations for the Physiotherapy Profession. Physiotherapy Canada, 73(2): 103-106. Available at:

Thacker, L., Walsh, R.M., Shinyoung Song, G., Khan, H.A., Parmar, P., Vance, K.T., Grant, G., Mesaroli, G., Hunter, J., Vader, K. (2021). Exploring Physiotherapy Practice within Hospital-Based Interprofessional Chronic Pain Clinics in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Pain, 5(1): 96-106. Available at:

Raja, S.N., Carr, D.B., Cohen, M., Finnerup, N.B., Flor, H., Gibson, S., Keefe, F., Mogil, J.S., Ringkamp, M., Sluka, K.A., Song, X., Stevens, B., Sullivan, M., Tutelman, P.R., Ushida, T., Vader, K. (2020). The revised International Association for the Study of Pain definition of pain: concepts, challenges, and compromises. PAIN. 161(9):1976–82. Available at:

Vader, K., Patel, R., Doulas, T., & Miller, J. (2020). Promoting participation in physical activity and exercise among people living with chronic pain: a qualitative study of strategies used by people with pain and their recommendations for health care providers. Pain Medicine, 21(3), 625-35. Available at:

Vader, K., Doulas, T., Patel, R., Miller, J. (2019). Experiences, barriers, and facilitators to participating in physical activity and exercise in adults living with chronic pain: a qualitative study. Disability and RehabilitationDOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1676834. Available at: 

View all of Kyle’s publications here.

Kyle’s research aims to improve the quality of care and health outcomes of people living with chronic pain. His doctoral thesis is focused on team-based primary care for the management of chronic low back pain. His research broadly focuses on chronic pain, rehabilitation, health services, and health equity.    

Kyle co-leads and teaches the pain science theme across the MScPT curriculum. He also services as a faculty advisor for MScPT research projects with the Department of Physical Therapy.

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto