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Isabelle Gagnon, PhD

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Regular Member
Health Outcomes
Neurosciences


McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Medical Scientist, Division of General Pediatrics, Trauma Programs and Department of Physiotherapy, Montreal Children's Hospital


McGill University

Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University


Research Interest


My research focuses on the functioning of children after traumatic brain injury or concussion, and on how rehabilitation interventions can contribute to achieving optimal outcomes in this population. Specifically, I seek to measure balance, motor function and psychosocial domains using various methods in order to determine readiness for return to activities and function in both athletes and non-athletes. Through collaborations, I am also involved in imaging and virtual reality assessments that look at various aspects of functioning in the same population. I have recently developed an innovative rehabilitation approach with children who are slow to recover after a concussion. I am also interested in how primary care and emergency department service organization affect the outcomes and satisfaction of children presenting with traumatic injury.

Research Foci


  • motor outcomes after concussions in children and adolescent;
  • postural control and gait in children and adolescents;
  • physical activity participation after injury;
  • rehabilitation services organization

Keywords


Traumatic brain injury, pediatrics, balance, visual perception, self-efficacy, physical activity, participation

Selected Publications


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  • Turner M, Gagnon D, Gagnon I. Effect of treatment for pediatric cancers on balance: What do we know? A review of the evidence. European Journal of Cancer Research 22:3-11, 2013.

  • Trottier N, Gagnon I, Wiley P, Graham H, Lessard S, Emery CA. Use of the 3D surface scanner for deformational plagiocephaly measurement. Journal of Physical Therapy. Provisionally accepted for publication Oct-Dec 2013.

  • Pomerleau G, Hurteau A-M, Parent L, Doucet K, Gagnon I. Developmental trajectories of infants and toddlers with good initial presentation following moderate or severe traumatic brain injury: a pilot project. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 5:89-97, 2012.

  • Gagnon I, Galli C, Friedman D, Grilli L, Iverson GL. Active Rehabilitation for Slow-to-Recover Children Following Sport-Related Concussion, Brain Injury 23:956-964, 2009.

  • Gagnon I, Swaine B, Forget R. Do they actually listen? Using activity diaries to measure children and adolescents' compliance with activity restrictions after a mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 22:355-362, 2009.