Geoffrey Bostick, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Physical Therapy


Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Physical Therapy
(780) 492-2163
3-12 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4




  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (TAS/CAN/Phizer) - 2013
  • PhD (Rehabilitation Science) - University of Alberta - 2011
  • Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Orthopaedic Division of Canada - 2005
  • BSc - Physical Therapy – University of Saskatchewan – 2001
  • BSc – Physical Education – University of Saskatchewan - 1998


Professional Interests

  • The role of neuropathic pain in the development and maintenance of osteoarthritis pain
  • Pain education in physical therapy training
  • Using mixed-methods to better understand the experience of pain
  • Teaching Scholarship

Current Research

Pain education in physical therapy training

Assessment of pain in marginalized populations: patient (expert) perspectives

Automated item generation using cognitive models


I currently teach the Musculoskeletal II (Assessment and Treatment of the spine) and Advanced Clinical Topics (including Chronic Pain) in the MScPT program. I also co-teach Foundations of Physical Therapy, offer a 1 credit chronic pain elective and work 2 half days in the Department of Physical Therapy student clinic.

I have a strong interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Projects have included Automated Item Generation and Test Assembly using Cognitive Models, Developing a Model of Work Readiness in Rehabilitation, and Evaluating the Reliability of Practical Examinations.


PTHER 528 - Foundations of Physical Therapy

Introduction to the theory and application of physical therapy skills with an emphasis on assessment and handling techniques. Functional application of anatomy knowledge will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.

Fall Term 2020

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Exercise for prevention of recurrences of non-specific low back pain. Phys Ther, 2013; 93(12):1587-91.
Author(s): Macedo L, Bostick GP, Maher CG.
Publication Date: 2013
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Predictive capacity of pain beliefs and catastrophizing in Whiplash Associated Disorder. Injury, 2013; 44(11):1465-71.
Author(s): Bostick GP, Carroll LJ, Brown CA, Harley DD, Gross DP.
Publication Date: 2013
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Validity evidence for the Back Beliefs Questionnaire in the general population. Eur J Pain, 2013; 17(7):1074-81.
Author(s): Bostick GP, Schopflocher D, Gross DP.
Publication Date: 2013
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If they can put a man on the moon, they should be able to fix a neck injury: A mixed-methods study characterizing and explaining pain beliefs about WAD. Disabil Rehabil, 2012; 34(19):1617-32
Author(s): Bostick GP, Brown CA, Carroll LJ, Gross DP.
Publication Date: 2012
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An Adaptive Role for Negative Expected Pain in Patients with Neuropathic Pain?
Author(s): Bostick GP, Toth C, Dick BD, Carr EC, Stitt LW, Moulin DE.
Publication: Clin J Pain
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Physical Functioning and Opioid use in Patients with Neuropathic Pain.
Author(s): Bostick GP, Toth C, Carr EC, Stitt LW, Morley-Forster P, Clark AJ, Lynch M, Gordon A, Nathan H, Smyth C, Ware MA, Moulin DE
Publication: Pain Med
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The current state of pain education within Canadian physiotherapy programs: a national survey of pain educators
Author(s): Wideman TH, Miller J, Bostick GP, Thomas A, Bussieres A
Publication: Physiotherapy Canada
Volume: 70
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 24-33