Dina Brooks

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27807
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 403/H
Email:  brookd8@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Brooks is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science.  Dr. Brooks is a Professor who is recognized as a leader in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  She held a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and COPD.  Her research experience has included varied models and different research approaches.  She presently holds a National Sanitarium Association Chair in Respiratory/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Brooks is an alumna of University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy in 1988, a Master of Science degree in 1990 and a PhD in 1997.  She joined the faculty at the University of Toronto as an associate professor in 1999 and has been full professor since 2011.  She is a long-time scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and senior scientist in respiratory medicine at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto.

Research Expertise

Keywords: pulmonary rehabilitation, lung disease, COPD, exercise, physical activity, stroke

Dr. Brooks is presently involved in research in two main patient populations: individuals with chronic lung disease and those with cardiovascular disease.  In the area of chronic lung disease, she is involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation.  In cardiovascular rehabilitation, she is investigating the effectiveness of exercise training in individuals after stroke.

Graduate Students

Dr. Brooks will be accepting 1 to 2 PhD students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to brookd8@mcmaster.ca.

Recent Publications

Lee AL, Harrison SL, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. An exploration of pain experiences and their meaning in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2018 Oct. 34(10):765-72. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1425512.

Mansfield A, Aqui A, Danells CJ, Knorr S, Centen A, DePaul VG, Schinkel-Ivy A, Brooks D, Inness EL, Mochizuki G. Does perturbation-based balance training prevent falls among individuals with chronic stroke? A randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open 2018 Aug 17;8(8):e021510. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021510.

Wickerson L, Brooks D, Reid WD, Singer LG, Granton J, Mathur S. Exertional Oxygen Requirements During Exercise Training in Advanced Interstitial Lung Disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2018 Jun 26. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000338.

Desveaux L, Harrison SL, Gagnon JF, Goldstein RS, Brooks D, Pepin V. Effects of exercise training on cognition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A systematic review. Respiratory Medicine. 2018 Jun. 139:110-116. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.05.006.

Marques A, Oliveira A, Machado A, Jácome C, Cruz J, Pinho T, Hall A, Alvelos H, Brooks D. Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy as a career choice – Perspective of students and physiotherapists in Portugal. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2018 May. 7:1-23. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1469059.

Lee L, Tsai MC, Oh P, Brooks D. The Effectiveness of Progressive Aerobic Interval Training in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2018 May. 50(5):881-88.

Lee AL, Dolmage T, Rhim M, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. The impact of listening to music during a high-intensity exercise endurance test in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chest. 2018 May. In Press.

Wshah A, Guilcher S, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. Prevalence of osteoarthritis in individuals with COPD: a systematic review. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2018 Apr. 13:1207 – 1216. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S158614.

Liu S, Brooks D, Thomas SG, Eysenbach G, Nolan RP. Effectiveness of User and Expert Driven Web-based Hypertension Programs: an RCT. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018 Apr. 54(4): 576-83.

Marzolini S, Brooks D, Oh Paul, Jagroop D, MacIntosh BJ, Anderson ND, Alter D, Corbett D. Aerobic with Resistance Training or Aerobic Training Alone Post-stroke: A Secondary Analysis from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2018 Mar. doi: 10.1177/1545968318765692.

Butler SJ, Lee AL, Goldstein R, Brooks D. Active video games as a training tool for individuals with chronic respiratory diseases: A systematic review. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2018 Feb. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000320.

Bass B, Lake E, Elvy C, Fodemesi S, Iacoe M, Mazik E, Brooks D, Lee A. Smoking-Related Stigma Expressed by Physiotherapists toward Individuals with Lung Disease. Physiotherapy Canada. 2018 Feb. 70(1):65-71. Coauthor or Collaborator

Lee AL, Goldstein RS, Chan C, Rhim M, Zabjek K, Brooks D. Postural deviations in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. 2018 Feb. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24745332.2017.1409091 .

Fox MT, Sidani S, Brooks D, McCague H. Perceived acceptability and preferences for low-intensity early activity interventions of older hospitalized medical patients exposed to bed rest: A cross sectional study. BMC Geriatrics. 2018 Feb. 18(1):53, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0722-6.

Holz A, Bennett A, Freethy A, Rossi N, Tanzos M, Goldstein R, Brooks D, Harrison SL. Exploring the Views of Individuals With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on the Use of Rollators: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2018 Jan; 38(1):49-53.

O'Hoski S, Butler S, Dubois-Webster J, Brooks D, Goldstein R. Use of telemedicine in the assessment of patients referred for pulmonary rehabilitation. Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. 2017 Nov. https://doi.org/10.1080/24745332.2017.1391055.

Beauchamp MK, Brooks D, Ellerton C, Alison J, Camp PG, Dechman G, Haines K, Harrison SL, Holland A, Lee A, Marques A, Moineddin R, Skinner EH, Spencer L, Stickland M, Xie F, Goldstein RS. Effects of Tailored Balance Training for Fall Reduction in COPD: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols. 2017 Nov.6(11):e228. doi: 10.2196/resprot.8178.

Lee AL, Beauchamp MK, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. The clinical and physiological effects of rollators in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a systematic review. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2017 Nov. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000280.

Evans RA, Dolmage TE, Robles PG, Brooks D, Goldstein RS. The effects of exercise modality and intensity on energy expenditure and cardiorespiratory response in adults with obesity and treated obstructive sleep apnoea. Chronic Respiratory Disease. 2017 Nov. 14(4):342-51.

Harrison SL, Lee AL, Elliott-Button HL, Shea R, Goldstein R, Brooks D, Ryan CG, Martin D. The role of pain in pulmonary rehabilitation: a qualitative study. International Journal of COPD.  2017 Nov. 12:3289-99. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S145442.

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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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