Christian Larivière, Ph.D.

Regular researcher CRIR, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST);
Adjunct Professor, School of of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke;
Researcher, Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM), Gingras pavilion, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Phone: 514 288-1551 (217)

Fax: 514 288-6097



  • B.Sc., Physical Activities, Université de Sherbrooke, 1992
  • M.Sc., Kinanthropology, Université de Sherbrooke, 1994
  • Ph.D., Clinical Sciences (Biomedical Specialization), Université de Sherbrooke, 1998
  • Postdoctorate, Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation), Université de Montréal, 2000

Research interests

Development of objective measures to quantify the neuromuscular impairments associated with low back pain and evaluation of interventions (lumbar stabilization exercises; use of a lumbar belt) to reduce lumbar instability, taking into account the variables that can potentially modify these effects (psychological variables associated with pain, adherence to treatment, etc.).

Research laboratory

Selected publications

Larivière C., Henry SM., Preuss R. (2021). Structural remodelling of the lumbar multifidus, thoracolumbar fascia and lateral abdominal wall perimuscular connective tissues: A search for its potential determinants. Journal of Anatomy, 238(3), 536-550[doi]

Larivière, C., Preuss, R., Ludvig, D. & Henry, S.M. (2020). Is postural control during unstable sitting a proxy measure for determinants associated with lumbar stability? Journal of Biomechanics, 102, 109581. [doi]

Larivière, C., Boucher, J.A., Mecheri, H. & Ludvig, D. (2019). Maintaining lumbar spine stability: A study of the specific and combined effects of abdominal activation and lumbosacral orthosis on lumbar intrinsic stiffness. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 49(4), 262-271. [doi]

Shahvarpour, A., Gagnon, D.H., Preuss, R.A., Henry, S.M., & Larivière, C. (2018). Trunk postural balance and low back pain: Reliability and relationship with clinical changes following a lumbar stabilization exercise program. Gait & Posture, 61, 375-381. [doi]

Shahvarpour, A., Preuss, R.A., Sullivan, M.J.L., Negrini, A. & Larivière, C. (2018). The effect of wearing a lumbar belt on biomechanical and psychological outcomes related to maximal flexion-extension motion and manual material handling. Applied Ergonomics, 69, 17-24. [doi]

—Other publications

Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Thème 1 : The person, their entourage and the community

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