Katherine Berg


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Associate Professor Emeritus

Katherine Berg graduated with a BScPT degree from McGill University and practised clinically for over 12 years before completing an MSc degree in Rehabilitation Science and a PhD degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. Her doctoral research focused on the development and validation of a functional measure of balance. This scale, often cited as Berg Balance Scale or BBS, is widely used in clinical practice and research and has been translated into multiple languages. Following a post-doctoral experience at the Centre for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University, she joined the faculty as Assistant Professor (Research).  After 8 years in the US, she moved back to McGill as Associate Professor and Physical Therapy Program Director. In 2004, Dr. Berg became Chair, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.  Over the next 10 years she also served as Rehabilitation Sector Chair and Chair of the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science (now renamed Rehabilitation Sciences Sector). Dr. Berg has had an active research career focused on measurement of outcomes and improving patient care through improved health information. She is a fellow of interRAI (www.interrai.org) and within this organization is a member of the Instrument and System Development Committee and leads the post-acute/rehabilitation working group.

Research & Scholarly Activities

Dr. Berg’s research continues to focus generally on improving outcomes with better use of health information. Research questions relate to changes over time or across settings such as home care, post-acute, complex care and long-term care as each of these settings uses assessments that have common elements. Recent publications have examined the effect of covid on instrumental activities of daily living among home care clients and on continence predictors and outcomes in complex continuing care.


  • Professor Emerita