John Misiaszek, PhD, BSc

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
(780) 492-2412
3-48E Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4



Current Research

  • Motor Control, Balance, Gait, Neurophysiology, Sensorimotor Integration
  • Dynamic equilibrium in the walking cat
  • Afferent regulation of hip muscle activity during walking in the decerebrate cat
  • Role of hand tactile information in balance control during walking
  • Adaptation of spinal reflexes during walking


Funding sources: NSERC

Additional information about Dr. Misiaszek's Current Research, Publications and more can be found on his website:



I currently teach the 'neurosciences' content of the OT curriculum. The content used to be taught in a single course, but this traditional approach meant that relevant knowledge was delivered after it would have been useful to support other clinical content. Consequently, we "deconstructed" the course and students now receive foundational neuroscience material in smaller packets throughout the curriculum, but when it is most relevant to the clinical content it supports. 

I also consistently support the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute's undergraduate program by accepting independent study and honors thesis students into the lab. If you are interested in learning more about the neuromechanics approaches used in my lab, or the topic of the motor control of balance, please connect - there are always opportunities to further your knowledge and professional development.  


There are currently openings available for students at the MSc and PhD level.

The lab is currently seeking a PDF to help lead studies on the integration of multisensory inputs to rapid, protective balance reactions. 


OCCTH 583 - Influences on Occupational Performance: Human Systems I: Structure, Function and Conditions

The study of: (a) physical human systems, nervous system and occupational performance deficits resulting from illness, injury, and disease; and (b) the concurrent development of related assessment skills and occupational therapy interventions.

OCCTH 585 - Influences on Occupational Performance: Human Systems III: Theory and Practice in Neurology

Application of occupational therapy principles, supported by current principles of neuroscience, for neurological conditions encountered in practice.

Browse more courses taught by John Misiaszek


Coupling of single cutaneous afferents in the hand with ankle muscles, and their response to rapid light touch displacements

Author(s): Toth AL, Fenrich KK, Jones KE, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 3/23/2022
Publication: J Neurophysiol
Volume: Articles in Press
DOI: 10.1152/jn.00280.2021
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Influence of a light touch reference on cutaneous reflexes from the hand during standing

Author(s): Misiaszek JE, Hackett H, McMahon AJ, Krutz J
Publication Date: 1/4/2021
Publication: Exp Brain Res
Volume: 239
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 787-796
DOI: 10.1007/s00221-020-06019-y
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Influence of pairing startling acoustic stimuli with postural responses induced by light touch displacement

Author(s): Misiaszek JE, Chodan SDC, McMahon AJ, Fenrich KK
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Appl Sci
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Retraining walking over ground in a powered exoskeleton after spinal cord injury: A prospective cohort study to examine functional gains and neuroplasticity

Author(s): Khan AS, Livingstone DC, Hurd CL, Duchcherer J, Misiaszek JE, Gorassini MA, Manns PJ, Yang JF
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: J NeuroEngineering Rehabil
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The effect of light touch on standing sway when the stability of the external touch reference becomes unreliable

Author(s): Bryanton MA, Chodan SDC, Vander Meulen J, Fenrich KK, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Exp Brain Res
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Activation of ankle muscles following rapid displacement of a light touch contact during treadmill walking

Author(s): Shiva T, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Exp Brain Res
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Automatic postural responses following rapid displacement of a light touch contact during standing

Author(s): Misiaszek JE, Forero J, Hiob E, Urbanczyk T
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Neuroscience
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The amplitude of interlimb cutaneous reflexes in the leg is influenced by fingertip touch and vision during treadmill locomotion

Author(s): Forero J, Misiaszek JE
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Exp Brain Res
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