Geoffrey Bostick, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy

Pronouns: he/him


Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - 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 Foundations of Physical Therapy, Musculoskeletal II (Assessment and Treatment of the spine), and Advanced Clinical Topics (including Chronic Pain) in the MScPT program. I offer 1 credit electives in chronic pain for inter-professional health science students and physical therapy students. I also coordinate the Department of Physical Therapy student clinic.

I have a strong interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Projects have included the Physical Therapy Education Project, Engaging patients in the instructional design of courses, 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.

PTHER 549 - Musculoskeletal II

The use of mobilization, stabilization, and manipulation techniques in selected peripheral and spinal dysfunction. Components of practice will include assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents, and evidence-based skills. Prerequisite: PTHER 538.

PTHER 554 - Elective

Students can register in these for credit towards the MScPT requirement of 3 credits in elective coursework. A variety of topic areas may be offered. Note: Course title is variable; course may be repeated.

PTHER 578 - Advanced Clinical Topics

Study of the theory, evidence and application of physical therapy in complex conditions and advanced topics in primary care, disability management, and occupational rehabilitation. This course will build on the content of PTHER 577 and will focus on clinical reasoning in more complex conditions and cases. Prerequisite: PTHER 546, 548, 549, and 565.

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Featured Publications

Timothy H Wideman, Geoffrey Bostick, Jordan Miller, Aliki Thomas, André Bussières, David Walton, Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, Lisa Carlesso, Judith Hunter, Kadija Perreault, Barbara Shay

Can J Pain. 2022 June; 6 (1):21-32 10.1080/24740527.2022.2056006

Augeard N, Bostick G, Miller J, Walton D, Tousignant-Laflamme Y, Hudon A, Bussières A, Cooper L, McNiven N, Thomas A, Singer L, Fishman SM, Bement MH, Hush JM, Sluka KA, Watt-Watson J, Carlesso LC, Dufour S, Fletcher R, Harman K, Hunter J, Ngomo S, Pearson N, Perreault K, Shay B, Stilwell P, Tupper S, Wideman TH

Can J Pain. 2022 January; 6 (1):1-11 10.1080/24740527.2021.2004103

Geoff P Bostick, Kathleen E Norman, Astha Sharma, Renee Toxopeus, Grant Irwin, Raj Dhillon

Physiotherapy Canada. 2021 January; 73 (1):19-25 10.3138/ptc-2019-0027

Geoff P Bostick

Spine J. 2017 November; 17 (11):1722-1728 10.1016/j.spinee.2017.07.006

Macedo L, Bostick GP, Maher CG.

2013 January;

Bostick GP, Brown CA, Carroll LJ, Gross DP.

2012 January;

Bostick GP, Toth C, Dick BD, Carr EC, Stitt LW, Moulin DE.

Clin J Pain.

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

Pain Med.

Wideman TH, Miller J, Bostick GP, Thomas A, Bussieres A

Physiotherapy Canada. 70 (1):24-33