Jadranka Spahija, pht., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University;
Researcher, Research Center, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal;
Researcher, CRIR - Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, CISSS de Laval

Phone: 450 668-9550 (84660)

Fax: 514 398-8193

Email: jadranka.spahija@mcgill.ca


  • B.Sc., Physical Therapy, McGill University, 1983
  • M.Sc., Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University, 1987 (Direct transfer to Ph.D. Program)
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University, 1998
  • Postdoctorate Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, 2003

Research interests

Respiratory physiology; health related quality of life

Research laboratory

Cardiorespiratory Assessment and Training Research Lab

Selected publications

Janaudis-Ferreira, T., Harrison, S. L., Ahmed, S., Bourbeau, J., Goodridge, D., Vasiliiadis, H. M., . . .Spahija, J., Stickland M. & Wald, J. (2021). Canadian consensus recommendations for a research agenda in pulmonary rehabilitation post-acute exacerbation of COPD: A meeting report. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, 5(1), 43-50. [doi]

Anekwe, D.E., Biswas, S., Bussières, A. & Spahija, J. (2020). Early rehabilitation reduces the likelihood of developing intensive care unit-acquired weakness: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiotherapy, 107, 1-10. [doi]

Anekwe, D.E., de Marchie, M. & Spahija, J. (2017). Effects of pressure support ventilation may be lost at high exercise intensities in people with COPD. CODP: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Disease, 14(3), 284-292. [doi]

Moga, A.M., de Marchie, M., Saey, D. & Spahija, J. (2015). Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) with standard exhalation valve does not improve maximum exercise capacity in patients with COPD. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Disease, 12(1), 46-54. [doi]

Moga, A.M., de Marchie, M., Saey, D. & Spahija, J. (2012). Mechanisms of non-pharmacologic adjunct therapies used during exercise in COPD. Respiratory Medicine, 106(5), 614-626. [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