null Isabelle Gagnon, PhD

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, MUHC



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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  • Teel, E., Brossard-Racine, M., Corbin-Berrigan, L. A., & Gagnon, I. (2020). Perceptual Cognitive Training Does Not Improve Clinical Outcomes at 4 and 12 Weeks Following Concussion in Children and Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. PMID: 33201041.

  • Dobney, D. M., Grilli, L., Beaulieu, C., Straub, M., Galli, C., Saklas, M., Friedman D, Dubrovsky AS & Gagnon, I. J. (2020). Feasibility of early active rehabilitation for concussion recovery in youth: a randomized trial. Clinical journal of sport medicine, 30(6), 519-525. PMID: 33141524.

  • Sorek, G., Gagnon, I., Schneider, K., Chevignard, M., Stern, N., Fadida, Y., Kalderon L, Shaklai S, & Katz-Leurer, M. (2020). The integrated functions of the cardiac autonomic and vestibular/oculomotor systems in adolescents following severe traumatic brain injury and typically developing controls. Brain injury, 34(11), 1480-1488. PMID: 32809873.

  • Cinar, E., Saxena, S., & Gagnon, I. (2020). Differential effects of concurrent tasks on gait in typically developing children: a meta-analysis. Journal of motor behavior, 1-14. PMID: 32677588.

  • Gagnon, I., Teel, E., Gioia, G., Aglipay, M., Barrowman, N., Sady, M., Vaughan C, & Zemek, R. (2020). Parent-Child Agreement on Postconcussion Symptoms in the Acute Postinjury Period. Pediatrics. PMID: 32499388.