Eva Kehayia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Researcher, CRIR–Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, CISSS de Laval

2000-2020 Co-Scientific Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)

Phone: 450 688-9550 (84304)

Fax: 450 688-3673

Email: eva.kehayia@mcgill.ca


  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1980
  • M.A., Morphology and Neurolinguistics, McGill University, 1984
  • Ph.D., Morphology and Neurolinguistics, McGill University, 1990
  • Postdoctorate, Psycholinguistics, Ottawa University, 1993

Research interests

Linguistics, neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics; lexical access representation, across different languages, in individuals with acquired and developmental language disorders, in individuals with no neurological conditions and in deaf individuals, users of the LSQ; the study of the impact of language disorders on the individual’s daily life and the use of communication assistive devices in individuals with stroke and severe aphasia.

Research laboratory

Language and Communication Laboratory

Selected publications

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

Han, Y., Segalowitz, N., Khalil, L., Kehayia, E., Turner, C. & Gatbonton, E. (2020). Do nurses use discourse markers differently when using their second language as opposed to their first while interviewing patients? The Canadian Modern Language Review (CMLR), 76(2), 91-113. [doi]

Souza Silva, W., McFadyen, B.J., Kehayia, E., Azevedo, N., Fung, J., & Lamontagne, A. (2019). Phone messages affect the detection of approaching pedestrians in healthy young and older adults immersed in a virtual community environment. PLoS One, 14(5), e0217062. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Ahmed, S., Swaine, B.R., Milot, M., Gaudet, C., Poldma, T., Bartlett, G., . . . Kehayia, E. (2017). Creating an inclusive mall environment with the PRECEDE-PROCEED model: A living lab case study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(21), 2198-2206. [doi]

Kehayia, E., Ahmed, S., Archambault, P.S., Fung, J., Lamontagne, A., Swaine, B.R., . . . Labbé, D. (2017). La santé, élément commun des politiques publiques? L’expérience canadienne. Annales des Mines – Réalités industrielles, 2(Mai 2017), 82-85. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Azevedo, N., Atchley, R.A. & Kehayia, E. (2015). Electrifying the lexical decision: Examining a P3 ERP component reflecting early lexical categorization. The Mental Lexicon, 10(3), 339-363. [doi]

Azevedo, N., Kehayia, E., Atchley, R. A. & Nair, V.N.P. (2015). Lexicality judgements in healthy aging and in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: Effect of neighbourhood density. The Mental Lexicon, 10(2), 286-311. [doi]

Tsiamas, A., Jarema, G., Kehayia, E. & Chilingaryan, G. (2015). Stress properties of Greek compounds:  Psycholinguistic considerations. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/La revue canadienne de linguistique, 60(1), 25-50. [doi]

Kehayia, E., Swaine, B. R., Longo, C., Ahmed, S., Archambault, P. S., Fung, J., . . . Poldma, T. (2014). Creating a rehabilitation living lab to optimize participation and inclusion for persons with physical disabilities/Création d’un laboratoire vivant en réadaptation pour optimiser la participation et l’inclusion des personnes avec déficiences physiques. ALTER – European Journal of Disability Research / Revue européenne de recherche sur le handicap, 8(3), 151-157. [doi] OPEN ACCESS



Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Thème 1 : The person, their entourage and the community

Theme 1: Functional Mechanisms

Research Site

CRIR – Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, CISSS de Laval

University Affiliation