Joy MacDermid

Joy MacDermid, BScPT, MSc, PhD
MacHANd Co-Director & Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science


Dr. Joy MacDermid is a physical therapist, hand therapist, epidemiologist. She holds a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, as well as the Dr. James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation. She is a Professor at Western University’s School of Physical Therapy and McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science. She is also cross-appointed to the Departments of Surgery and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at both Western and McMaster University. Joy is the Co-director of the Clinical Research Lab within the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) in London, Ontario. Her research projects address clinical questions related to enhancing prevention, assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders and related work disability. Specific research interests include: understanding factors that contribute to upper extremity disability surgery and rehabilitation intervention effectiveness, randomized clinical trials/trial methodology, cohort outcomes studies, psychometrics of clinical measurement (performance or self-report, measures of pain/disability/quality-of-life), clinical epidemiology, clinical practice guidelines, and knowledge transfer. Courses developed and taught include upper extremity clinical skills research and evidence-based practice, quality-of-life (measurement/research), knowledge exchange, and transfer.

PubMed Publications List

Office Address

1400 Main St. West, IAHS-406
Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7

Areas of Expertise

upper extremity disorders, physical impairment, RCTs/cohort studies, surgery/rehabilitation, health at work, epidemiology, quality of life scales, evaluation of health services, prediction risk/outcome

General Information

Mailing Address:

MacHANd (c/o Margaret Lomotan)
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