Kristin Musselman, BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor

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


Dr. Kristin Musselman is a physical therapist and Scientist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and the Mobility Team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre. She completed a BSc (Life Sciences) and BScPT at Queen’s University, followed by a MSc (Neurosciences) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Musselman was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. She is active in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the Executive of the Neurosciences Division and the Congress Education Committee. She is also co-lead of the Walking Measures Group for the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry.

Musselman KE, Roemmich RT, Garrett B, Bastian AJ. Motor learning in childhood reveals distinct mechanisms for memory retention and re-learning. Learning & Memory 2016; 23: 229-237.

Auchstaetter N, Luc J, Lukye S, Lynd K, Schemenauer S, Whittaker M, Musselman KE. Physical Therapists' Use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Clients With Stroke: Frequency, Barriers, and Facilitators. Physical Therapy 2015; Dec 23 E-pub.

Musselman KE. Movement observation to identify ataxia: how well do experts agree? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2016; 58: 11-12.

Bisaro DL, Bidonde J, Kane K, Bergsma SA, Musselman KE. Past and current use of walking measures for children with spina bifida: a systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015; 96: 1533-43.

Patrick SK, Musselman KE, Tajino J, Ou HC, Bastian AJ, Yang JF. Prior experience but not size of error improves motor learning on the split-belt treadmill in young children. PLoS One 2014; 9: e93349.

Musselman KE, Stoyanov CT, Marasigan R, Jenkins ME, Konczak J, Bastian AJ. Prevalence of ataxia in children: a systematic review. Neurology 2014; 82: 80-9.

Musselman KE, Yang JF. The spinal cord injury functional ambulation profile (SCI-FAP): a preliminary look at responsiveness. Physical Therapy 2014; 94: 240-50.

Yang JF, Musselman KE, Livingstone D, Brunton K, Hendricks G, Hill D, Gorassini M. Repetitive mass practice or focused precise practice for retraining walking after incomplete spinal cord injury? A pilot randomized clinical trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2014; 28: 314-24.

Yang JF, Musselman KE. Training to achieve over ground walking after spinal cord injury: a review of who, what, when and how. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2012; 35: 293-304.

Musselman KE, Patrick SK, Vasudevan EVL, Bastian AJ, Yang JF. Unique characteristics of motor adaptation during walking in young children. Journal of Neurophysiology 2011; 105: 2195-203.

Musselman KE, Brunton K, Lam T, Yang JF. The spinal cord injury functional ambulation profile: a new measure of walking ability. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2011; 25: 285-93.

Musselman KE, Fouad K, Misiaszek J, Yang JF. Training of walking skills over-ground and on the treadmill: case series on individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Physical Therapy 2009; 89: 601-11.

Dr. Musselman’s research aims to optimize the rehabilitation and measurement of walking and upper limb movements following damage to the nervous system in children and adults. She and her colleagues have developed novel assessment and training tools for individuals with spinal cord injury and pediatric populations. Her current research is funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Rick Hansen Institute, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Musselman teaches in the Physical Therapy programs at the Universities of Toronto and Saskatchewan. In Toronto, she is part of the Unit 5 (Neurological Physical Therapy) teaching team. Dr. Musselman also teaches continuing education courses on Functional Electrical Stimulation to physical and occupational therapists across Canada. 

Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Assistant Professor (status), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Associate Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor, School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan

Associate Member, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan