Julie Richardson

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27811
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 443
Email: jrichard@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Richardson is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and the Assistant Dean of the Rehabilitation Science Program.  She is a physiotherapist and has a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of Otago, New Zealand and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.  She teaches Community Health/Community Practice in the Physiotherapy Program which includes approaches to the prevention and management of chronic disease. She also teaches Research Methodology and a course about Chronic Disease in the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program.

Her research interests include identifying persons at risk for functional decline and rehabilitation interventions to prevent functional decline and maintain health status in persons with chronic illness. My research interests include measurement and intervention issues to promote mobility and lower-extremity functioning in older adults as well as risk factor assessment for decline of mobility and functioning with aging and the health transitions that older persons undergo in the process of disablement.  She also works with family physicians around the assessment of preclinical disability to teach seniors how to avoid falls and maintain their mobility.  Recent work has involved clinical trials which have examined complex rehabilitation interventions in primary care settings and have included behavioural, educational and self-management interventions to maximize function, health status and quality of life for persons with chronic illness.  Dr. Richardson is also currently a member of the MAC H2ope clinic Executive Council.

Research Expertise

Julie’s research interests include measurement and intervention issues to promote mobility and lower-extremity functioning in older adults as well as risk factor assessment for decline of mobility and functioning with aging and the health transitions that older persons undergo in the process of disablement. She is interested in these issues at a clinical and population level.

Graduate Students

Dr. Richardson is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to jrichard@mcmaster.ca.

Lab/Research Institute

Member of the MAP research group

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Johnson D, Stratford P, Richardson J, Harris JE. (in press) Psychometric Properties of 3 Shortened Versions of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory in an Acquired Brain Injury Population. Canadian Journal of Physical Therapy.

Nazari G, MacDermid JC, Sinden K, Richardson J, Tang A. Reliability of Zephyr Bioharness and Fitbit Charge measures of heart rate and activity at rest, during the Modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test and recovery. J Strength Cond Res. 2017. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001842 [epub ahead of print].

D’Isabella N, Shkredova DA, Richardson J, Tang A. Effects of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors following stroke or transient ischemic attack: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil. 2017. doi: 0.1177/0269215517709051 [epub ahead of print].

Miller J, MacDermid JC, Richardson J, Walton DM, Gross A. Depicting individual responses to physical therapist led chronic pain self-management support with pain science education and exercise in primary health care: multiple case studies. Arch Physiother. 2017;7(1):4.

Johnson D, Harris J, Stratford P, Richardson J. Inter-rater reliability of the Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017;40(2):201-9.

Gravesande J, Richardson J. Identifying non-pharmacological risk factors for falling in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Disabil Rehabil. 2017;39(15):1459-65.

Wojkowski S, Richardson J, Chowhan J, Boyle M, Birch S. Unmet needs reported by adults with chronic conditions: an analysis of data from the Canadian Community Health Survey. IJPHY. 2016;3(6):613-23.

Wojkowski S, Smith J, Richardson J, Birch S, Boyle M. A scoping review of need and unmet need for community-based physiotherapy in Canada. Journal of Critical Reviews.2016;3(4):17-23.

Dolovich L, Oliver D, Lamarche L, Agarwal G, Carr T, Chan D, … Richardson J, et al. A protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial using the Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality (Health TAPESTRY) platform approach to promote person-focused primary healthcare for older adults. Implement Sci. 2016;11(1):49.

Smith-Turchyn J, Richardson J, Tozer R, McNeely M, Thabane L. Physical activity and breast cancer: a qualitative study on the barriers to and facilitators of exercise promotion from the perspective of health care professionals. 2016. Physiother Can;68(4)383-90.

Loyola-Sanchez A, Richardson J, Pelaez-Ballestas I, Alvarez-Nemegyei J, Lavis JN, Wilson MG, et al. The impact of arthritis on the physical function of a rural Maya-Yucateco community and factors associated with its prevalence: a cross sectional, community-based study. Clin Rheumatol. 2016;35(1):25-34.

Loyola-Sanchez A, Richardson J, Wilkins S, Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Alvarez-Nemegyei J, et al. Barriers to accessing the culturally sensitive healthcare that could decrease the disabling effects of arthritis in a rural Mayan community: a qualitative inquiry. Clin Rheumatol. 2016;35(5):1287-98.

Smith-Turchyn J, Morgan A, Richardson J. The effectiveness of group-based self-management programmes to improve physical and psychological outcomes in patients with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clin Oncol. 2016;28(5):292-305.

General Information

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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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