Dave Walton  dwalton5@uwo.ca

Dave is a Physiotherapist and Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab.  His teaching duties are in the Pain elective and Professional Consolidation courses in the Master's of Physical Therapy (MPT) program and he contributes as assistant and sessional lecturer in the Master's of Clinical Science (Manipulative Therapy) program.  His research interests are focused on assessment and prognosis in acute and chronic pain, especially in pain arising from musculoskeletal trauma such as whiplash, sporting, or work injuries.  Dave is de facto Chair of two interdisciplinary research groups at Western: the Collaboration for the Integration of Rehabilitation with Consumer Electronic (CIRCLE) and the Solving Traumatic Pain and Disability through Advanced Research Translation (START) groups.  He has over 50 scientific publications, book chapters, and several national and international presentations and workshops.  Significant awards include two faculty Teaching Awards of Excellence, the 2014 Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award, and Early Career Investigator Awards from the Canadian Pain Society (2015) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2016), and nominations for university-wide teaching (Marilyn Robinson Teaching Award) and research (Faculty Scholar) awards.  Outside of the university, Dave provides high-quality continuing professional development sessions on pain assessment, managing neck disorders, interpersonal skills development and teaching development for providers of professional development.  He is an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association including as co-founder of the Pain Science Division, an Associate Editor with the scientific journal Manual Therapy, an International Editor with The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Secretary of the Education SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and sits on the steering committees of the Allied Health Section of the North American Spine Society and the International Whiplash Consortium.  In his spare time he is a fan of good fathering, the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club, barbecue cuisine and the blues harmonica.

Stacey Guy    sguy7@uwo.ca

Stacey is a doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Science (Health Promotion) at Western University. She is fascinated by the field of implementation science, the complexities of health professional behaviour change, and the intricacies of clinical practice change. Her doctoral work focuses on the phenomenon of implementation in healthcare, and how to help healthcare professionals change practice. 

E-mail: sguy7@uwo.ca

Twitter: @sguy2016


Joshua Lee    jlee2793@uwo.ca

Josh graduated with a masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary. In South Korea, he gained international study and work experience in Suwon City (2005) and Hyeon-ri village (2012-2013). His research interests include physiology and the dynamics of chronic pain. Currently, his status as a PhD student at Western University allows him to explore the role of specific biological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain within a biopsychosocial framework.

Joe Putos     jputos@uwo.ca

BPE, B.Ed. B.Sc.PT, M.Ed.

Chair, Leadership Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association

In 2013, Joe was the recipient of the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award by Sport Alliance Ontario. He's interested in understanding the effects of spinal manipulation on intervertebral disc morphology, dense connective tissue repair. Currently, he's a PhD candidate researching the effects of spinal rotation manipulations on the morphology of intervertebral discs.

Swati Mehta     smehta3@uwo.ca

Swati completed her masters in Counselling Psychology and is currently a registered psychotherapist. Her research interests include chronic pain and psychological adjustment. As a PhD student at Western University, her primary research involves evaluating factors which predict successful response to facet joint injections among individuals with chronic neck pain.

Sadia Siraj   ssiraj@uwo.ca

Sadia pursued her "Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S)" degree from a medical school named Sher-E-Bangla Medical College, University Of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She worked as a registered physician for one year in Bangladesh. Her research interests include different biological and psychological systems that are responsible for the development of chronic musculoskeletal pain. She is currently enrolled in a Masters Program at Western University under the supervision of Dr. David M.  Walton.

Paul Phares pphares@uoguelph.ca


Helen Phan  hphan24@uwo.ca

Helen is a fourth year student currently completing her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She is currently a research assistant in the PIRL lab. This past semester, she completed her Independent Study Project in the lab and is now looking forward to finishing up her fourth year.