null Isabelle Gagnon, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



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

Research Focus

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.

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.