Our Professors

Dr. Alice Aiken
Vice President Research and Innovation

BSc (Ottawa), BScPT (Dal), MSc, PhD (Queen's), CD

Office: Room 200, Henry Hicks Building
Tel: (902) 494-6513

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. Aiken is co-founder and former Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a consortium of over 40 Canadian and seven international universities, and her awards and honours include the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and induction into the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Aiken is an exceptional team-builder, passionate about university research and has a strong understanding of Canada's broader research landscape. Her ability to engage across disciplines and build strategic partnerships will serve her well in helping Dalhousie expand its reach and impact as one of Canada's leading research institutions.

Dr. Shaun Boe
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Health

Hon BPhEd (Kin) (Brock), PhD (UWO), MPT (UWO)

Office: Room 429, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-6360

Dr. Boe completed his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Brock University (Hon BPhEd in Kinesiology), followed by graduate and clinical training at the University of Western Ontario (PhD Kinesiology, 2006; MPT, 2008). Prior to joining the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2010, he completed postdoctoral training through the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery (HSFCSR) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Rotman Research Institute. Read more on Dr. Boe and his research.

Dr. Marie Earl
Assistant Professor
Graduate Coordinator, MSc-PT

BScPT (UWO), MSc, 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. Scott Kehler
Assistant Professor
Affiliate Scientist, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

BPE , BKin, MSc, PhD (UofM)

Office: Room 402, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2822


Scott joined the School of Physiotherapy team at Dalhousie University in September 2019. He completed his graduate training at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Master’s degree program in 2012 and the Applied Health Sciences PhD program in 2017. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University in the Division of Geriatric Medicine before starting his appointment in Physiotherapy.

Scott’s research focuses on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of frailty and aging, with a special interest in patients living with cardiovascular disease. In particular, he studies the impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviours for the prevention and treatment of frailty.

Dr. Cheryl Kozey
Graduate Coordinator MScRR-PT
Co–Director of the Dynamics of Human Motion Laboratory
Cross-appointments: School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Nova Scotia Health Authority Affiliate Scientist, Department of Surgery
Maritime SPOR Unit, Research Associate

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. Caitlin McArthur

Assistant Professor

BSc(KIN) (University of Waterloo), MScPT (University of Toronto), PhD (University of Waterloo)

Office: Room 316D, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-1371

Dr. Caitlin McArthur joined the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in September 2020. She completed a BSc in Kinesiology (University of Waterloo), MScPT (University of Toronto), and PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in aging, health, and well-being (University of Waterloo). Dr. McArthur also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the GERAS Centre for Aging Research within the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.


Dr. McArthur’s research focuses on improving the effectiveness of and access to rehabilitation for people living with chronic health conditions across the continuum of care, particularly home and long-term care. She is interested in fall and fracture prevention and improving functional mobility. With a passion to improve mobility and quality of life of clinically complex older adults, Dr. McArthur is a lead instructor of the continuing education course Bone Fit™ hosted by Osteoporosis Canada which teaches exercise professionals about safe movements, physical activity, and exercise for people with osteoporosis ( Dr. McArthur is also an associate interRAI fellow ( Read more about her research here.

Dr. Rebecca Moyer
Assistant Professor

BScH(Queen's), BPHE(Queen's),MPT(Western), PhD(Western)

Tel: (902) 494-2028
Office: Room 316C, Forrest Building

Dr. Moyer’s clinical research program is focused on individuals with musculoskeletal conditions with a specialization in rehabilitative and surgical interventions for patients with osteoarthritis. Her work consists of various research designs that incorporate clinical gait biomechanics, radiographic, performance-based and patient-reported outcomes to improve mobility and activities of daily living. Dr. Moyer’s interests also include imaging outcome measures of disease progression using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – derived measures of knee and hip morphology, and their use in clinical research methods. This research aims to clarify the relationships between mechanical, biological and structural markers of osteoarthritis progression, how these markers differ across patients with osteoarthritis and how they respond to novel strategies. Read more on Dr. Moyer and her research.

Dr Adria Quigley
Assistant Professor

BScKin (UofS), MScPT (UofT), PhD (Dal)

Office: Room 430, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2784
Email: adriaquigley@Dal.Ca
Dr. Adria Quigley is a clinical instructor in the department of Physiotherapy. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she obtained her BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by her Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. In 2019, she obtained her PhD from Dalhousie University during which she worked closely with Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, and other communities to study the feasibility and impact of yoga on cognitive and physical function among people living with HIV. Her clinical experience includes acute care, geriatric rehabilitation, long term care, and outpatient neurotherapeutics. Dr. Quigley is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University where she is testing an innovative approach to enhancing adherence to lifestyle interventions for people living with HIV.

Dr. Derek Rutherford
Associate Professor
Interim Director
Hon BSc (UWO), BScPT (Toronto), MSc (Rehabilitation Research) (Dal), PhD (Dal)

Office: Room 417, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-2616

Dr. Derek Rutherford obtained undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology (University of Western Ontario) and Physical Therapy (University of Toronto) before completing his MSc in Rehabilitation Research and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Dr. Rutherford is an Assistant professor in the Schools of Physiotherapy, Biomedical Engineering and Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and affiliate scientist with the Department of Surgery: Orthopaedics, at Capital Health.
Dr. Rutherford specializes in quantifying mechanics and muscle activation characteristics of lower extremity injury and disease to develop and evaluate conservative and surgical management strategies and is the lead researcher in the newly established Joint Action Research laboratory in the School of Physiotherapy.

Dr. Olga Theou
Canada Research Chair
Assistant Professor
BSc (Greece), MSc (USA), PhD (UWO)

Office: Room 316A, Forrest Building
Tel: (902) 494-4248

Prior to joining the School of Physiotherapy in 2019, Dr. Olga Theou was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is cross appointed with the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University and continues to be an Affiliated Scientist of Geriatric Medicine with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Medicine with the University of Adelaide, Australia. She obtained her BSc in Physical Education and Sports Sciences at Aristotle University in Greece, MSc in Gerokinesiology from the California State University in Fullerton, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with specialization in Health and Aging from Western University. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University of British Columbia Okanagan at the Department of Human Kinetics, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Dahousie University. Her research interests include aging, frailty and physical activity.