Richard Preuss, pht., Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Professional), School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Researcher, CRIR–Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, Constance-Lethbridge Site, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

Phone: 514 487-1891 (183)

Fax: 514 487-4079



  • B.Sc., Physical Therapy, McGill University, 1997
  • M.Sc., Kinesiology (Biomechanics), University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, 2001
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University, 2007
  • Postdoctorate, Rehabilitation Engineering, Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto ON, 2009

Research interest

Movement patterns in the trunk and spine in patients with low-back pain.

Research laboratory

Clinical Integration of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (CLIMB) Lab

Selected publications

Ippersiel, P., Robbins, S.M., & Preuss, R.A. (2018). Movement variability in adults with low back pain during sit-to-stand-to-sit. Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 58, 90-95. [doi]

Massé-Alarie, H., Beaulieu, L.D., Preuss, R.A. & Schneider, C. (2017). Repetitive peripheral magnetic neurostimulation of multifidus muscles combined with motor training influences spine motor control and chronic low back pain. Clinical Neurophysiology, 128(3), 442-453. [doi]

Massé-Alarie, H., Beaulieu, L.D., Preuss, R. & Schneider, C. (2016). Corticomotor control of lumbar multifidus muscles is impaired in chronic low back pain: concurrent evidence from ultrasound imaging and double-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Experimental Brain Research, 234(4), 1033-1045. [doi]

Pakzad, M., Fung, J. & Preuss, R. (2016). Pain catastrophizing and trunk muscle activation during walking in patients with chronic low back pain. Gait & Posture, 49, 73-77. [doi]

Preuss, R.A. & Popovic, M.R. (2010). Three-dimensional spine kinematics during multidirectional, target-directed trunk movement in sitting. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20(5), 823-832. [doi]



Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Theme 2: Physical and Cognitive Activities

Research Site

CRIR – Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (Constance-Lethbridge site), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

University Affiliation