Vickie Galea

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 24018
Fax: (905) 525-7400
Office: HSC-1R1C


Dr. Galea is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  She is an expert resource in the areas of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Physiology and Neurophysiology to both Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students within PT Units I - VI and OT Terms I - VI.  Dr. Galea has also taught HTH SCI 4V03 Control of Human Movement and HTH SCI 4PP3 Models of Motor Control, both 4th year elective courses in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program from 2006 to 2011.  She is on the graduate faculty of the Rehabilitation Science, Human Biodynamics and Neuroscience (MINDS) programs.  Dr. Galea has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally in the area of neurophysiology, neuromotor development and motor control. Ongoing research projects presently include upper limb motor control in paediatric populations specifically CP and DCD and modeling of generalized movements in full-term infants and in infants born prematurely.  In addition, she contributes her expertise to various projects as a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) and the Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) Lab.

Research Expertise

Keywords: upper limb mobility, coordination deficits in children, motor control, spontaneous movements in infants

The main focus of Dr. Galea's research is the study of motor behaviour using neurophysiological assessments as a window into typical and altered motor control of the upper limb.  Recently she has focused all of her applied research activities into the development of motor control in typically developing infants and children and children with various coordination deficits.  Current research concerns the modeling of generalized movement in infants born full-term and those of premature birth.

I have also recently begun to explore the use of Virtual Learning Environments in the creation of modules enhancing physiological knowledge for use by students enrolled in Health Science professional programs.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Galea teaches anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and basic neuroscience to students in PT and OT and also to Medical students in some units.

Graduate Students

Dr. Galea is not taking graduate students at the moment.

Lab/Research Institute

Human Movement Lab, CRL, B117.
The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM)
Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) Lab

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Moro J, Galea V, Gross AR. Psychophysical and patient factors as determinants of pain, function and health status in shoulder disorders. Open Orthop J. 2016;10:466-80.

Cook O, Klentrou P, Falk B, Galea V, Adkin A. (2015) CAN-flip: A pilot gymnastics program for children with cerebral palsy. Adapt Phys Activ Q, 32, 349-370.

Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Woodhouse LJ, Triano JJ, Galea V, & Gross AR. (2014). The effect of pressure pain sensitivity and patient factors on self-reported pain-disability in patients with chronic neck pain. Open Orthop J, 8, 302-309.

Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V, Gross AR, & Pierrynowski MR. (2014). The current perception threshold test differentiates categories of mechanical neck disorder. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 44(7), 532-540, C531.

Uddin Z, MacDermid JC, Galea V, Gross AR, & Pierrynowski MR. (2013). Reliability indices, limits of agreement, and construct validity of the current perception threshold test in mechanical neck disorder. Crit Rev Phys Rehabil Med, 25(3-4), 173-185.

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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