Joy MacDermid

Dr. Joy MacDermid Position: Professor
Degree: BScPT, MSc, PhD
Office: Lawson Health Research Institute, Room DB-222
University Office: School or Rehabilitation Science, Rm 429, IAHS McMaster University
Phone: 519.646.6100 Ext. 64636 (HULC)
Phone: 905.525.9410 Ext. 22524 (McMaster)
Fax: 905.524.0069 (McMaster)
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Joy MacDermid is a physical therapist, hand therapist, epidemiologist and holds a CIHR New Investigator Award. She is Co-director of the Clinical Research Lab within the Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre (HULC) and also an Associate Professor (School of Rehabilitation Science) at McMaster University. She is cross-appointed to Departments of Surgery and Epidemiology at both McMaster University and Western University. 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.