Patricia Manns, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy
Associate Dean, Education, College of Health Sciences - Dean's Office


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy
(780) 492-7274
3-48R Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4

Associate Dean, Education, College of Health Sciences - Dean's Office




  • PhD - Health and Human Performance - Oregon State University, United States
  • MSc - Kinesiology University of Saskatchewan
  • BSc - Physical Therapy – University of Saskatchewan


  • Graduated from the physical therapy program at the University of Saskatchewan, and did most of her clinical physical therapy work in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Doctoral degree from Oregon State University was completed in the College of Health and Human Performance.
  • Joined the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2003. 


Professional Interests

Dr. Manns’ research program focuses on strategies to maintain or improve health and function in individuals with stroke. She is particularly interested in exploring the effect of interventions to reduce and break up sedentary behaviour on cardio-metabolic risk factors and function.

Current Research

Sedentary Behaviour and Mobility Disability

Use of telerehabilitation


Trish Manns, PhD, is a graduate supervisor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and teaches PTHER 546 (Neurological Physical Therapy). 


Dr. Manns is not currently accepting new thesis graduate students.


PTHER 546 - Adult Neurology

Introduction to the theory and application of physical therapy in adults with neurological conditions. Components of practice will include assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents, and evidence-based skills. Corequisite: PTHER 567. Prerequisites: PTHER 500, 504, and 528.

Browse more courses taught by Patricia Manns


The SitLess With MS Program: Intervention Feasibility and Change in Sedentary Behavior

Author(s): Patricia J Manns, Golnoush Mehrabani, Sarah Norton, Saeideh Aminian, Robert W Motl
Publication Date: 9/16/2020
Publication: Arch Rehabil Res Clin Trans
External Link:

Perspectives of people with spinal cord injury learning to walk using a powered exoskeleton.

Author(s): Manns, P. J., Hurd, C., Yang, J. F.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: J Neuroeng Rehabil, 16(1)
Volume: 16(1),
External Link: doi:10.1186/s12984-019-0565-1

Management of multiple sclerosis symptoms through reductions in sedentary behaviour: protocol for a feasibility study.

Author(s): Aminian, S., Motl, R. W., Rowley, J., & Manns, P. J.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: BMJ Open
External Link: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026622

Ezeugwu, V. E., & Manns, P. J. (2018). The Feasibility and Longitudinal Effects of a Home-Based Sedentary Behavior Change Intervention After Stroke.

Author(s): Ezeugwu VE, Manns PJ
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Arch Phys Med Rehabil,
Volume: 99
Issue: 12
Page Numbers: 2540-2547
External Link: doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2018.06.014

Addressing the Non-exercise part of the activity continuum: A more realistic and achievable approach to activity programming for adults with mobility disability?

Author(s): Manns PJ, Dunstan D, Owen N, Healy GN
Publication: Physical Therapy
Volume: 92
Page Numbers: 614-25