Judith Hunter, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Email:   judith.hunter@utoronto.ca
Fax:         416-946-8562



Judith (Judi) Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy. She completed her BSc(PT) and MSc (Anatomy) and PhD (Pain Neuroscience) at the University of Toronto, and a post-doctoral fellowship Toronto Rehab – Lyndhurst Centre.

Judi is a member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain (UTCSP), a member of the Pain Sciences Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a member of the board for Action Ontario, an advocacy group for people living with neuropathic pain.

Lax, L, Scardamalia, M, Watt-Watson, J, Hunter, J, Bereiter, C. (2010).Beyond Learning Management Systems: Designing for Interprofessional Knowledge Building in the Health Sciences,Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology. 36: Open Access Journal.

Hunter, J. Simmonds, MJ. (2010) Pain: Putting the whole person at the centre.  Editorial,  Physiotherapy Canada, 62: 1-3.

Norman, C,Bender, JL, MacDonald, J, Dunn, M, Dunne, MS, Siu, B, Hitzig, SL, Jadad, AR, Hunter, JP.Questions that individuals with spinal cord injury have regarding their chronic pain: A qualitative study.  Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32(2):114-24

Hunter JP, Katz J, Davis KD.  Longitudinal study of the stability of phantom limb phenomena and psychophysical measures of sensory function after traumatic upper extremity amputation. Neuroscience. 2008 Oct 28;156(4):939-49.

Hunter J, Watt-Watson J, McGillion M, Raman-Wilms L, Cockburn L, Lax L, Stinson J, Cameron A, Dao T, Pennefather P, Schreiber M, Librach L, Kavanagh T, Gordon A, Cullen N, Mock D, Salter M.   An Interfaculty Pain Curriculum: Lessons learned from six years experience.  Pain. 2008 Nov 15;140(1):74-86.

Judi's research aims to understand individual differences in people with chronic pain patients after musculoskeletal or neurological injury to provide targeted, tailored, comprehensive pain management.  Her current research focuses on two relevant aspects of knowledge translation.

1)    Theory to practice:  Judi is currently a primary investigator on CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Program funded project http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Funding-Financement/chrp-prcs_eng.pdf . This project involves neuroscientists, clinicians, and engineers to develop and evaluate a novel tool to evaluate integrative somatosensory processing in people with central neuropathic pain after SCI.

2)    Knowledge to action: Interprofessional pain management.  Judi is also co-PI on one theme in CIHR – Community Alliances for Health Research and Knowledge Exchange in Pain funded team initiative http://www.cahr-pain.ca/ .

Judi teaches the pain them across the MSc(PT) curriculum. She also is available as faculty advisor for the second year MSc(PT) research projects.  Judi’s passion is to develop innovative methods to teach collaborative interprofessional pain management. For 10 years she was Chair of the innovative “Interfaculty Pain Curriculum,” was awarded 2007 Northrop Frye Award of Excellence for “demonstrating exemplary and innovative ways of linking teaching and research”.

In addition to departmental teaching, Judi is course director for the first graduate level Certificate Programme in Pain Management at U. Alberta.  This is an online interprofessional programme.

Assistant Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
Associate member, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Research Associate, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Associate Scientific Staff ,  Mount Sinai Hospital, Wasser Pain Management Centre