Norma MacIntyre

Norma MacIntyre

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 21166
Fax: (905) 521-0069
Office: Rm. 432, IAHS


Dr. Norma MacIntyre is an Associate Professor for the Physiotherapy program at McMaster University. Dr. Norma MacIntyre received a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1985, a Master’s of Science (Anatomy) from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and a Ph.D. (Medical Sciences – Cell Biology and Metabolism) from McMaster University in 1999. Norma completed two postdoctoral fellowships (Departments of Medicine, McMaster University and Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University) before joining the faculty in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in 2003. In 2007, Norma returned to McMaster University to join the faculty in the School of Rehabilitation Science. As an academic physiotherapist, she teaches in the second year of the MSc(Physiotherapy) program and supervises MSc/PhD (Rehabilitation Science) students completing theses related to her arthritis research program. She also enjoys serving as a consultant on the Scientific Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada.

Research Expertise

Keywords: rheumatology, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal imaging

The overall goal of Dr. MacIntyre’s research program is to improve arthritis care provided by physiotherapists. To date, her investigations have focused on understanding the mechanisms that influence bone and joint health, such as sensori-motor and biomechanical factors, muscle-bone-joint interactions, and the biological and clinical effects of physical agents, including hydrotherapy and therapeutic ultrasound. Progress in this area of investigation has been facilitated by her measurement research. She evaluates the measurement properties of imaging-based and clinical tools to identify those best suited to assess important outcomes for people with or at risk for bone and joint problems that limit physical function and mobility.

Graduate Students

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Lab/Research Institute

Norma collaborates with researchers in the Department of Surgery - Orthopaedics, HHS/SJH and the Hamilton Arthritis Centre/Centre for Appendicular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies ( As well, Norma maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at Queen's University and is an active member of a multidisciplinary research team completing projects in the Human Mobility Research Centre located in the Kingston General Hospital (

Recent Publications

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Dewan N, MacDermid JC, MacIntyre NJ, Grewal R. (2015) Reproducibility: Reliability and agreement of short version of Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (Short-WORC) in patients with rotator cuff disorders. J Hand Ther, 29(3), 281-291.

Cruickshank DW, Lefaivre KA, Johal H, MacIntyre NJ, Sprague S, Scott T, Guy P, Cripton P, McKee MD, Bhandari M, Slobogean GP. (2015) A scoping review of biomechanical testing for proximal humerus fracture implants. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 16(1), 175.

Slobogean G, Johal H, Lefaivre KA, MacIntyre NJ, Sprague S, Scott T, Guy P, Cripton PA, McKee M, Bhandari M. (2015) A scoping review of the proximal humerus fracture literature. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 16(1), 112.

Ngem A, MacDermid JC, Stratford PW, Bhandari M, Winemaker M, de Beer J, MacIntyre NJ. (2015) The extent to which three different pain measures represent the pain experience of people with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Bone Reports & Recommendations, 1(1:3).

Lorbergs AL, Noseworthy MD, Adachi JD, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. (2015) Fat infiltration in the leg is associated with bone geometry and physical function in healthy older women. Calcif Tissue Int, 97(4), 353-363.

MacIntyre NJ, Johnson J, MacDonald N, Pontarini L, Ross K, Zubic G, Samanta Majumdar S. (2015) Characteristics of people with hip or knee osteoarthritis deemed not yet ready for total joint arthroplasty at triage. Physiotherapy Canada, 67(4), 369-377.

Giangregorio LM, McGill S, Wark JD, Laprade J, Heinonen A, Ashe MC, MacIntyre NJ, Cheung AM, Shipp K, Keller H, Jain R, Papaioannou A. (2015) Too Fit To Fracture: Outcomes of a Delphi consensus process on physical activity and exercise recommendations for adults with osteoporosis with or without vertebral fractures. Osteoporos Int, 26, 891-910.

Mehta SP, MacDermid JC, Richardson J, MacIntyre NJ, & Grewal R. (2015). Reliability and validity of selected measures associated with increased fall risk in females over the age of 45 years with distal radius fracture - A pilot study. J Hand Ther, 28(1), 2-10.

Richardson J, Loyola-Sanchez A, Sinclair S, Harris J, Letts L, MacIntyre NJ, Wilkins S, Burgos-Martinez G, Wishart L, McBay C, & Martin Ginis K. (2014). Self-management interventions for chronic disease: a systematic scoping review. Clin Rehabil, 28(11), 1067-1077.

MacIntyre NJ, Recknor CP, Grant SL, & Recknor JC. (2014). Scores on the Safe Functional Motion test predict incident vertebral compression fracture. Osteoporos Int, 25(2), 543-550.

MacIntyre NJ, Lorbergs AL, & Adachi JD. (2014). Inclinometer-based measures of standing posture in older adults with low bone mass are reliable and associated with self-reported, but not performance-based, physical function. Osteoporos Int, 25(2), 721-728.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


(905) 524-0069



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