Doug Gross, PhD, BScPT

Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy
Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy


Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy
(780) 492-2690
2 – 50 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4

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Area of Study / Keywords

Work Disability Prevention Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Workers' Compensation Return to Work



  • 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 PT department chair from July 2014 to June 2016
  • Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre since 2012


Doug is a rehabilitation scientist whose scholarship focuses on preventing work disability in people with physical and mental health conditions. This includes evaluating the effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions, investigating determinants of work disability and return to work, as well as developing and testing outcome measures and clinical assessment strategies. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and contributed to funded research projects totaling over $30 million, including projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Alberta Labour and Immigration, WorkSafeBC, and various Workers’ Compensation Boards. He is a Killam Laureate, McCalla Professor, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.


University of Alberta Courses:

PTHER 572 - Basic Concepts in Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Gross is not currently accepting graduate students.


2022 Innovative Teaching Award (Rehabilitation Science) from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

2020-2022 McCalla Professorship

2018 'Great Supervisor' Award from University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

2017 Award for Research Excellence at the Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces Conference: Learning from Research and Practice. Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. June 1-3, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2014 Liberty Mutual Work Disability Award

2002 Killam Memorial Scholarship 


REHAB 599 - Directed Individual Reading and Research

May be repeated. Open to graduate students in Master's and PhD degree programs in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine or any of the other health sciences Faculties who wish to pursue individual reading and research studies with an academic staff member within the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Prerequisites: consent of student's graduate supervisor and instructor of record.

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Scholarly Activities

Admin - Director - Rehabilitation Research Centre

Started: 2012-06-01

The Rehabilitation Research Centre (RRC) of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FRM) was established in 1989 to support and undertake health-related research in the rehabilitation disciplines.


Research - Editor - Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

Started: 2020-07-01

The Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation is an international forum for the publication of peer-reviewed original papers on the rehabilitation, reintegration, and prevention of disability in workers. See:

Research - Work Disability Prevention

Dr. Gross' research focuses on preventing disability in people with physical and mental health conditions, including back pain. This includes studying clinical and public health interventions, work disability prevention strategies, and rehabilitation outcome measures and assessment techniques.

Featured Publications

McCabe EM, Miciak M, Roduta Roberts M, Sun HL, Gross DP

Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. 2021 October; 10 10.1080/09593985.2021.1987604

Gross DP, Rachor GS, Yamamoto SS, Dick BD, Brown C, Senthilselvan A, Straube S, Els C, Jackson T, Brémault-Phillips S, Voaklander D, Stastny J, Berry T

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2021 March; 31 10.1007/s10926-021-09963-w

Gross DP, Asante A, Pawluk J, Niemeläinen R

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2020 October; 31 10.1007/s10926-020-09934-7

Michael Feuerstein, Patricia A. Findley, Douglas P. Gross

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2019 October; 29 (4):669-670 10.1007/s10926-019-09859-w

Douglas P. Gross, Ivan A. Steenstra, William Shaw, Parnian Yousefi, Colin Bellinger, Osmar Zaïane

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2019 July; 30 10.1007/s10926-019-09843-4

Foster NE, Anema JR, Cherkin D, Chou R, Cohen SP, Gross DP, Ferreira P, Fritz J, Koes B, Peul W, Turner JA, Maher CG on behalf of the the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group

Lancet. 2018 June; 391 (10137):2368-2383 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30489-6

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