Norma MacIntyre


Dr. MacIntyre is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science's Physiotherapy Program.  Dr. 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.  She 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.

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

Dr. MacIntyre is not currently accepting graduate students.

Lab/Research Institute

Dr. MacIntyre 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, Dr. MacIntyre 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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Journal Articles

Babatunde F, MacDermid J, MacIntyre N. Characteristics of therapeutic alliance in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and occupational therapy practice: a scoping review of the literature. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17(1):375.

Lorbergs AL, Noseworthy MD, MacIntyre NJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to assess leg muscle macrostructure and microstructure in healthy older women: a feasibility assessment. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2017;48(1):43-54.

Babatunde F, MacDermid J, MacIntyre N. A therapist-focused knowledge translation intervention for improving patient adherence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. Arch Physiother. 2017;7:1.

Dewan N, MacDermid JC, MacIntyre N, Grewal R. Reproducibility: Reliability and agreement of short version of Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (Short-WORC) in patients with rotator cuff disorders. J Hand Ther. 2016;29(3):281-91.

MacIntyre NJ, Dewan N. Epidemiology of distal radius fractures and factors predicting risk and prognosis. J Hand Ther. 2016;29(2):136-45.

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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