Dr. Patricia McKinley
Patricia McKinley received her PhD in kinesiology from UCLA in 1982. After Post-doctoral fellowships at North-western University and UCLA, she has been a professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University in Montréal for over 30 years. She currently holds a post-retirement position. She has done research in a variety of areas of neuroscience and motor control, including vestibular plasticity, sensory motor plasticity, motor control and biomechanics of jumps, developmental motor control, and over the past 15 years, the importance of dance as an adjunct to rehabilitation for the enhancement of artful movement and well-being. She has played an instrumental part in the current push to examine dance as an important motor activity for enhancement of movement, and physical and psychological well-being in persons with impairments and disabilities. Her latest endeavours have been in collaboration with the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Cummings Centre (a community senior for seniors), and a consortium of researchers from the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR), where they are focussed on developing a way to tease out those elements in adapted dance programs that are important for improving well-being, engagement, and development of artful movement in persons with disabilities.