Bonnie R. Swaine, pht, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Director, School of Rehabilitation, Université de Montréal
Researcher, CRIR–Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM), Lindsay Pavilion, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

2010-2020 Co-Scientific Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)

Phone: 514 340-2085 (4776)

Fax: 514 737-0592



  • B.Sc., Physical Therapy, McGill University, 1982
  • M.Sc., Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal, 1991
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal, 1996
  • Postdoctorate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University and Department of Community Research in Pediatrics, MUHC – Montreal Children’s Hospital, 1996-1998

Research interests

Efficiency of rehabilitation services, intervention programs (children), quality and evaluation of services (adults), head and musculoskeletal injury, development of clinical measurement tools for TBI.


Evaluation of Rehabilitation Services Laboratory

Biomedical Research and Informatics Living Lab for Innovative Advances of New Technologies in Mobility (BRILLIANT-Rehab)

Selected publications

Esmail, A., Poncet, F., Auger, C., Rochette, A., Dahan-Oliel, N., Labbé, D., . . . Swaine, B.R. (2020). The role of clothing on participation of persons with a physical disability: A scoping review. Applied Ergonomics, 85, 103058. [doi]

Swaine, B.R., Poncet, F., Lachance, B., Proulx-Goulet, C., Bergeron, V., Brousse, É., . . . McKinley, P. (2020). The effectiveness of dance therapy as an adjunct to rehabilitation of adults with a physical disability. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1963. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Alarie, C., Gagnon, I.J., Quilico, E. & Swaine, B.R. (2019). Characteristics and outcomes of physical activity interventions for individuals with mild traumatic brain injury: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(6), e027240.[doi] OPEN ACCESS

Swaine, B.R., Bayley, M.T., Marshall, S., Kua, A., Marier-Deschênes, P., Allaire, A. S., . . . Lamontagne, M.E. (2018). Why do we need a new clinical practice guideline for moderate to severe traumatic brain injury? Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33(5), 285-287. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Swaine, B.R., Cullen, N., Messier, F., Bayley, M., Lavoie, A., Marshall, S., . . . Lam Wai Shun, P. (2018). Post-acute care referral and inpatient rehabilitation admission criteria for persons with brain injury across two Canadian provinces. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(6), 697-704. [doi]





Research orientation

Axis 2: Participation, Social Inclusion and Rehabilitation Services

Research topic

Theme 2: Services, Systems and Policies

Research Site

CRIR - Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM), CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

University Affiliation