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Lesley Wiart, PhD

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

About Me


  • PhD - University of Alberta - 2008
  • MScPT - University of Alberta - 2002
  • BScPT - University of Alberta - 1996


  • Primary position as Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
  • Joint appointment at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Previously worked as Site Lead for Clinical Outcomes at the Glenrose Rehabiliation Hospital, and as a pediatric physical therapist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Edmonton Public Schools
  • Completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and the Faculty of Nursing (University of Alberta)


Professional Interests

  • Participation of children with motor disabilities in their schools and communities
  • Families perspectives on rehabilitation service delivery - implications for service delivery and policy
  • Effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for children with cerebral palsy
  • Pediatric rehabilitation service delivery for children with neuromotor disabilities

Current Research

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of robotic gait training and gait-focused physical therapy programs for children and youth with cerebral palsy
  • Development and evaluation of a modified car for young children with cerebral palsy
  • Engaging children with neuromotor impairments and families in setting rehabilitation goals