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Douglas Gross, PT, PhD


Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

About Me


  • Diploma in Work Disability Prevention Research - University of Sherbrooke - 2009 
  • PhD - Physical Therapy - University of Alberta - 2003
  • BSc - Physical Therapy - University of Alberta - 1997


  • Licensed to practice physiotherapy since 1997
  • Worked clinically in both private practice and occupational rehabilitation centres
  • Completed graduate studies and started work in the UofA's PT department in 2003
  • Interim department chair from July 2014 to June 2016
  • Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre since 2012


Dr. Gross’ research focuses on preventing work disability in people with physical and mental health disorders. This includes investigating the effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions, factors leading to work disability, and the use of clinical decision support tools. He has given numerous national and international presentations and published over 110 articles and book chapters. Dr. Gross collaborates widely with national and international researchers and his teams have been the recipients of several recent awards for research excellence.

Dr. Gross is also Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre (RRC).


University of Alberta Courses:

PTHER 572 - Basic Concepts in Evidence-Based Practice

REHAB 601 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Gross is a graduate supervisor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. He currently mentors 3 doctoral and 1 Masters student.