Ada Tang

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Dr. Tang is a physical therapist, Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and Clinician-Scientist (Phase II) with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation.  She worked for many years in adult stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, completed her MSc in Rehabilitation Science and PhD in Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Tang and the MacStroke Canada research team are focused on the impact of exercise on cardiovascular health in people with stroke and other populations.  Limited mobility following stroke can contribute to physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours, leading to higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease.  Exercise and physical activity can help improve many cardiovascular risk factors and may be an effective strategy for primary and secondary prevention.

Research Expertise

Keywords:  stroke, rehabilitation, exercise, cardiovascular health, mobility, aging

Dr. Tang’s area of research is focused on exercise and cardiovascular health among people with stroke and other populations, particularly as these relate to cardiovascular risk factors and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Tang teaches in the Physiotherapy program in the areas of neurological physiotherapy and foundations for the physiotherapy practitioner, as well as Aging and Mobility Across the Adult Lifecourse (RS718) in the Rehabilitation Science program.

Graduate Students

For more information about research training opportunities with Dr. Tang and the MacStroke Canada lab group, please visit

Lab/Research Institute

Primary Lab

MacStroke Canada

Affiliate Labs

Vascular Dynamics Laboratory, McMaster University

Recent Publications

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*Denotes trainees supervised or co-supervised by Dr Tang

Claridge E, R van den Berg-Emons, H Horemans, W van der Slot, N van der Stam, A Tang, B Timmons, JW Gorter, J Bussmann. 2019. Detection of body postures and movements in ambulatory adults with cerebral palsy: a novel and valid measure of physical behaviour. Journal Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 2019 Oct 29;16(1):125. doi: 10.1186/s12984-019-0594-9. PubMed PMID: 31665030

*Khattab S, JJ Eng, T Liu-Ambrose, J Richardson, J MacDermid, A Tang. 2019. Sex differences in the effects of exercise on cognition post- stroke: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 Oct 14. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2615. [Epub ahead of print]

MacKay-Lyons M, SA Billinger, JJ Eng, A Dromerick, N Giacomantonio, C Hafer-Macko, R Macko, E Nguyen, P Prior, N Suskin, A Tang, M Thornton, K Unsworth. 2019. Aerobic Exercise Recommendations to Optimize Best Practices in Care After Stroke: AEROBICS 2019 Update. Phys Ther. 2019 Oct 9. pii: pzz153. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz153. [Epub ahead of print]

*Pryzbek M, MJ MacDonald, P Stratford, A McQuarrie, J Richardson, R McKelvie, A Tang. 2019. Long-term membership in cardiac rehabilitation benefits cardiorespiratory fitness and skeletal muscle strength in men with cardiovascular disease: a retrospective review. Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2019 Oct;35(10):1359-1365 . pii: S0828-282X(19)30353-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2019.05.018. [Epub 2019 May 21]

Maximos M, S Seng-lad, A Tang, P Stratford, VD Bello-Haas. 2019. Stroke stream rehabilitation for older adults: a scoping review. Canadian Journal of Aging Mar 4:1-22. doi: 10.1017/S0714980818000740. [Epub ahead of print]

Nazari G, JC MacDermid, KE Sinden, J Richardson, A Tang. 2019. Inter-instrument reliability and agreement of Fitbit Charge measures of heart rate and activity at rest, during the Modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test and recovery. Physiotherapy Canada 71(3):197-206.

Nazari G, JC MacDermid, KE Sinden, J Richardson, A Tang. 2019. Reliability of Zephyr Bioharness and Fitbit Charge measures of heart rate and activity at rest, during the Modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test and recovery. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2019 Feb;33(2):559-571. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001842

Tang A, *B Sun, MYC Pang, J Harris. 2019. Environmental barriers and leisure in community-dwelling individuals living with stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation Apr;33(4):796-804. doi: 10.1177/0269215518818234. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

*Pryzbek M, J Richardson, L Thabane, A Tang. 2019. Physical activity and high sensitivity C-reactive protein in individuals post-stroke – results from the NHANES 2009-2010. Journal Aging Physical Activity 27(3):360-366. doi: 10.1123/japa.2018-0080. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Peachey M, V Dal Bello Haas, A Tang, J Richardson. 2018. Strategies for quitting sitting in the workplace and at home: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018 Oct 23. pii: bjsports-2017-098968. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098968. [Epub ahead of print]

*Crozier J, M Roig, JJ Eng, M Mackay-Lyons, M Ploughman, DM Bailey, SN Sweet, N Giacomantonio, A Thiel, M Trivino, A Tang. 2018. High-intensity interval training after stroke: an opportunity to promote functional, cardiovascular and neuroplastic health. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 32(6-7):543-556. doi: 10.1177/1545968318766663. Epub 2018 Apr 20

Nazari G, JC MacDermid, KE Sinden, J Richardson, A Tang. 2018. Psychometric properties of the Zephyr bioharness device: a systematic review. BMC Sports Science Medicine and Rehabilitation 10:6

*Hui J, *R Heyden, *T Bao, *N Accettone, C McBay, J Richardson, A Tang. 2018. Validity of the Fitbit One for measuring activity in community dwelling stroke survivors. Physiotherapy Canada 70(1):81-89

Richardson J, A Tang, G Guyatt, L Thabane, F Xie, D Sahlas, R Hart, R Fleck, G Hladysh, L Macrae. 2018. FIT for FUNCTION: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 19:39

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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


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