Doug Gross, PhD, BScPT
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’s scholarship focuses on preventing work disability in people with physical and mental health disorders. 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 contributed to funded research projects totaling over $10 million, including projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, WorkSafeBC, Alberta Labour and Immigration, the Workers’ Compensation Boards of Alberta and Manitoba, among others. 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
REHAB 601 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science
Dr. Gross is not 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
This course will provide students an overview of methodological approaches in health science and rehabilitation research, including features and issues that impact on research methodology (i.e., design, data collection, and analysis). Students will gain an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that underpin quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches in health research.
Admin - Director - Rehabilitation Research Centre
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
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: https://www.springer.com/journal/10926
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.