Margaret McNeely, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Physical Therapy


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Physical Therapy
(780) 248-1531
344L Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4


Area of Study / Keywords

Physical Therapy Cancer Rehabilitation Implementation Practice



Margaret (Margie) McNeely is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Oncology (Division of Radiation Oncology) and performs clinical research in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Cross Cancer Institute. 


Professional Interests

  • Impairment-based cancer rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise
  • Shoulder function in survivors of cancer
  • Cancer-related peripheral nerve injury 
  • Cancer-related symptoms of pain, fatigue and lymphedema
  • Implementation Practice

Current Research Projects (click on study title for more information)

1. Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer (AMBER)

CIHR Team in Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivorship Cohort Study. Leads: Dr. Kerry Courneya and Dr. Christine Friedenreich. Co-principal applicant: Dr. McNeely. Centres: Edmonton: Cross Cancer Institute and University of Alberta; Calgary: Holy Cross Centre and University of Calgary. 

Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2. Alberta Cancer Exercise Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study (ACE)

The primary purpose of this proposed 5-year hybrid effectiveness and implementation study is to evaluate the relative benefit from, and implementation of an Alberta wide clinic-to-community-based cancer exercise model of care - the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program. Lead: Dr. McNeely. Co-leads: Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed and Ms. Melissa Shea-Budgell. Sites: Across Alberta. Local Edmonton sites: Cancer Rehab Clinic (University of Alberta), Don Wheaton YMCA, Castledowns YMCA and Wellspring Edmonton. 

Funding: Alberta Innovates Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity 

New studies will be starting in fall 2020!


Dr. McNeely's lab is full. She is not accepting new graduate students at this time. 

Scholarly Activities

Research - Principles of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Cancer.

Started: 2019

Chapter published in:  Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practices, 2nd Edition.

Stubblefield M, Editor. Demos Medical Publishing  


Community-based Exercise for Health Promotion and Secondary Cancer Prevention in Canada: Protocol for a Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study
Author(s): Margaret L McNeely, Christopher Sellar, Tanya Williamson, Melissa Shea-Budgell, Anil Abraham Joy, Harold Y Lau, Jacob C Easaw, Albert D Murtha, Jeffrey Vallance, Kerry Courneya, John R Mackey, Matthew Parliament, Nicole Culos-Reed
Publication: BMJ Open
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The Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer (AMBER) Cohort Study: Recruitment, Baseline Assessment, and Description of the First 500 Participants.
Author(s): Courneya KS, McNeely ML, Culos-Reed SN, Vallance JK, Bell GJ, Mackey JR, Matthews CE, Morielli AR, Cook D, MacLaughlin S, Farris MS, Voaklander S, O'Reilly R, Friedenreich CM
Publication: BMC Cancer.
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 481
External Link:
Efficacy of night-time compression for breast cancer related lymphedema (LYNC): protocol for a multi-centre, randomized controlled efficacy trial.
Author(s): McNeely ML, Campbell KL, Webster M, Kuusk U, Tracey K, Mackey J
Publication: BMC Cancer
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 601
External Link:
The Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Care Team and the Role of Physical Therapy in Survivor Exercise
Author(s): McNeely ML, Dolgoy N, Onazi M, Suderman K.
Publication: Clin J Oncol Nurs
Volume: 20
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: S8-S16
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