Isabelle Gélinas, erg., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University;
Researcher, CRIR - Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital of the CISSS de Laval and Axis 2 and Thematic Unit 1 Leader

Phone: 450 688-9550 (84305)

Fax: 450 688-3673



  • B.Sc., Occupational Therapy, Université de Montréal, 1983
  • Certificate, Aging Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA., 1985
  • M.Sc. Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA, 1985
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University, 1995
  • Postdoctorate, CIRADE, Université de Montréal, 1998

Research interests

Lifestyle and driving; adaptation of persons with disabilities and their families.


Transports and Community Mobility, Driving Rehabilitation and Community Participation Laboratory

Selected publications

Unsworth, C., Dickerson, A., Gélinas, I., Harries, P., Margot-Cattin, I., Mazer, B., . . . Vrkljan, B. (Sous presse 2021 (Online ahead of print)). Linking people and activities through community mobility: An international comparison of the mobility patterns of older drivers and non-drivers. Ageing & Society, 1-26. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Cloutier, S., Chertkow, H., Kergoat, M. J., Gélinas, I., Gauthier, S., & S., B. (2021). Trajectories of decline on instrumental activities of daily living prior to dementia in persons with mild cognitive impairment. International Journal of Geratric Psychiatry, 36(2), 314-323. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Chen, Y. T., Mazer, B., Myers, A., Vrkljan, B., Koppel, S., Charlton, J. L., . . . Gélinas, I. (2020). Changes in older drivers’ self-awareness of driving ability over one year. Accident: Analysis and Prevention, 144, 105552. [doi]

Lafrance, M.E., Benoit, D., Dahan-Oliel, N. & Gélinas, I. (2017). Development of a driving readiness program for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(3), 173-182. [doi]

Gélinas, I. (2016). Partnership in research: A vehicle for reaching higher summits. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(4), 204-215. [doi] OPEN ACCESS



Research orientation

Axis 2: Participation, Social Inclusion and Rehabilitation Services

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