|Dr. Alice Aiken
Vice President Research and Innovation
BSc (Ottawa), BScPT (Dal), MSc, PhD (Queen's), CD
A proud Dal alumna (BSc'94 in Physiotherapy), Professor Alice Aiken, PhD, MSc, BScPT, BSc is past President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and spent 10 years as a faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queens University. A veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (serving first as a ship's navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist), her research in health services and health policy has a unique focus on veterans and their families.
|Dr. Shaun Boe
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Health
Faculty Coordinator, PhD in Health
Hon BPhEd (Kin) (Brock), PhD (UWO), MPT (UWO)
|Dr. Sandra Curwin
BSc (Dal), MSc (Dal), PhD (University of California)
Office: Room 409, Forrest Building
Phone: (902) 494-7735
Dr. Curwin is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. After studying physiotherapy at Dalhousie, she started one of the first private physiotherapy practices in Atlantic Canada in 1979, before returning to graduate school at Dalhousie (MSc in Kinesiology, Biomechanics) and UCLA (PhD in Kinesiology, Connective Tissue Physiology).
Dr. Curwin's clinical experience and collaboration with colleague Dr. William Stanish led them to develop the "eccentric exercise program" for repetitive strain injuries that is now the accepted standard worldwide for treating chronic tendinopathies such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendinopathy.
Dr. Curwin has held academic positions in both the United States and Canada. She is a licensed physiotherapist in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and California and continues to be active in clinical practice.
|Dr. Gail Dechman
BScPT (Queens), PhD (McGill)
Office: Room 430, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2734
Dr. Gail Dechman joined the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in September 2006. She completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University and received her PhD in respiratory physiology from McGill University. Prior to joining the faculty at Dalhousie University she held faculty positions at McGill University and at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Dechman also worked for three years as the Centre Director of the Kuwait-Dalhousie Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Project, the goal of which was to improve the standard of rehabilitation care in the state of Kuwait through education, service, and research.
Dr. Dechman has extensive clinical experience in cardio-respiratory physical therapy, with an emphasis in ICU care and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Currently she teaches courses in exercise physiology, cardiorespiratory care and research methods.
|Dr. Marie Earl
Graduate Coordinator, MScRR-PT
(University of Western Ontario), PhD (Waterloo)
Office: Room 303, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2633
Dr. Marie Earl (BSc Physiotherapy, University of Western Ontario) completed her doctoral work on the neuromuscular control of posture and movement at the University of Waterloo (PhD Kinesiology). At the School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University, her teaching and research activities focus on exercise techniques to reduce falling and improve function of seniors who have balance problems. Changes in muscle and sensory function can have major effects on a person’s mobility. By applying better knowledge of muscle and sensory systems to clinical assessment and treatment options, Dr. Earl is working to find better ways to protect or restore balance and mobility of people whose health is threatened by inactivity, illness, or injury.
Dr. Katherine Harman
Dr. Cheryl Kozey
BPE (UNB) MSc (Waterloo), PhD (Dal)Office: Room 316B, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2635
Dr. Kozey's research is focused on bone and joint disorders (musculoskeletal), specifically lower back disorders and osteoarthritis: two of the most prevalent and costly healthcare problems worldwide with particular relevance to Nova Scotia. A healthy musculoskeletal system is vital for mobility and physical function. The ultimate goal of Dr. Kozey's research is to impact the health of Nova Scotians and have a global impact as this problem is highly prevalent in other industrialized nations.
|Dr. Marilyn MacKay-Lyons
BScPT (Toronto), MScPT (USC), PhD (Dal)
Office: Room 405, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2632
Dr. Marilyn MacKay-Lyons specializes in neurotherapeutics - the application of physiotherapy principles and techniques to improve the mobility and function of people with such neurological disorders. She has spent more than 30 years in this field as a clinician, researcher and educator.
Dr. MacKay-Lyons received her BSc (Physical Therapy) from the University of Toronto, her MSc (Physical Therapy) from the University of Southern California, and her PhD (Physiology) from Dalhousie University. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University, is an affiliated scientist at the Capital District Health Authority, and holds cross-appointments with the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre. She is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stroke Network and serves as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and Associate Editor of Physiotherapy Canada.
Dr. Rebecca Moyer
Dr. Derek Rutherford