Joy MacDermid


Dr. MacDermid is a physical therapist, hand therapist, and clinical epidemiologist.  She has labs within the School of Rehab Science (MacHand Lab) and as Co-director of the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) Clinical Research Lab.  She is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and The Royal Society of Canada.  She supervises a large group of diverse and collaborative graduate students who work on clinical and occupational research projects.

Research Expertise

Keywords: musculoskeletal health, work-related injury, pain and disability

Clinical Measurement: Development and evaluation of outcome measures

Prognostic Profiles and Personalized Rehabilitation: Sex/gender, occupational, personal or environmental factors

Work: Firefighter health, injured workers

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies: Musculoskeletal surgery and rehabilitation

Knowledge Translation

Teaching Interests

Graduate student supervision.

Graduate Students

Dr. MacDermid is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Tools or Products of Research


  • Cold Stress Test and The Ten Test Manual
    The Cold Stress Test is a standardized cold test that measures pain and vascular response to cold immersion.
    Credit and Source: Dr. Zakir Uddin ( ) & Dr. Joy MacDermid (

Knowledge Translation Tools

  • Pain+ - Free resource on pain evidence to support your clinical decisions
  • Rehab+ - Free resource on rehab evidence to support your clinical decisions

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


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