Ryan Graham

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Ryan Graham
Assistant Professor

2012 Ph.D. Biomechanics & Ergonomics Queen’s University
2008 M.Sc Biomechanics & Ergonomics Queen’s University
2005 B.P.H.E Physical and Health Education Queen’s University
2005 B.Sc. Biology Queen’s University

Room: Lees E260G
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 1025
Work E-mail: rgraham@uottawa.ca

Ryan Graham

Biography

Professor Graham received his PhD in biomechanics and ergonomics from Queen’s University in 2012. He then obtained an assistant professor position at Nipissing University, which lead him to his current tenure-track position at the University of Ottawa. His research program blends biomechanics and motor control to inform interventions associated with movement (e.g., trunk motion, lifting and load carriage) in populations with musculoskeletal and neurological pathological conditions (e.g., low back pain). More specifically, he is interested in whole-body (in particular, spine) injury mechanisms (instability, impaired neuromuscular control and poor movement quality), injury assessment (quantitative assessment of impairment using novel dynamical systems techniques), and injury interventions (preventative and reactive rehabilitation through ergonomic, biomechanical, and motor control interventions to reduce initial injuries and improve recovery).

Membership

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

Research interests

  • Biomechanics and Ergonomics
  • Spine Injury Mechanisms and Low Back Pain (LBP)
  • Locomotion and Load Carriage
  • Movement Quality Screening
  • Modelling and Simulation

Selected Publications

  • Hay, D.C., Wachowiak, M.P., Graham, R.B. (2016). Evaluating the relationship between muscle activation and spine kinematics through wavelet coherence. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, In Press.
  • Southwell, D., Hills, N.F., McLean, L., Graham, R.B. (2016). The acute effects of targeted abdominal muscle activation training on spine stability and neuromuscular control. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 13 (1): 19.
  • Mavor, M., Graham, R.B. (2015). Exploring the relationship between local and global dynamic trunk stabilities during repetitive lifting tasks. Journal of Biomechanics, 48 (14): 3955-3960.
  • Ross, G.B., Mavor, M., Brown, S.H.M., Graham, R.B. (2015). Acute experimentally induced low back pain alters spine stability and stiffness patterns during repetitive movement tasks. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 43 (9): 2120-2130.
  • Graham, R.B., Smallman, C.L.W., Miller, R.H., Stevenson, J.M. (2015). A dynamical systems analysis of assisted and unassisted anterior and posterior hand-held load carriage. Ergonomics, 58 (3):  480-491.
  • Howarth, S.J., Graham, R.B.  (2015). Sensor positioning and experimental constraints influence estimates of local dynamic stability during repetitive spine movements. Journal of Biomechanics, 48 (6): 1219-1223.
  • Graham, R.B., Brown, S.H.M. (2014). Local dynamic stability of spine muscle activation and stiffness patterns during repetitive lifting. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 136 (12): 1-9.
  • Graham, R.B., Oikawa, L.Y., Ross, G.B. (2014). Comparing the local dynamic stability of trunk movements between varsity athletes with and without non-specific low back pain. Journal of Biomechanics, 47 (6): 1459-1464.
  • Brandon, S.C.E., Graham, R.B., Sadler, E.M., Almosnino, S., Stevenson, J.M., Deluzio, K.J. (2013). Interpreting principal components in biomechanics: representative extremes and single component reconstruction. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23 (6): 1304-1310.
  • Smallman, C.L.W., Graham, R.B., Stevenson, J.M. (2013). The effect of an on-body assistive moving device on transverse plane trunk coordination during a load carriage task. Journal of Biomechanics, 46 (15): 2688-2694.
  • Howarth, S.J., Kingston, D.C., Brown, S.H.M., Graham, R.B. (2013). Viscoelastic creep induced by repetitive spine flexion and its relationship to dynamic spine stability. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23 (4): 794-800.
  • Graham, R.B., Smallman, C.S., Sadler, E.M., Stevenson, J.M. (2013). Interjoint coordination and the personal lift-assist device. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29 (2): 194-204.
  • Graham, R.B., Sheppard, P., Almosnino, S., Stevenson, J.M. (2012). Dynamic spinal stability and kinematic variability across automotive manufacturing work shifts and days. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42 (5): 428-434.
  • Graham, R.B., Brown, S.H.M. (2012). A direct comparison of spine rotational stiffness and dynamic spine stability during repetitive lifting tasks. Journal of Biomechanics, 45 (9): 1593-1600.
  • Graham, R.B., Sadler, E.M., Stevenson, J.M. (2012). Local dynamic stability of trunk movements during the repetitive lifting of loads. Human Movement Science, 31 (3): 592-603.
  • Graham, R.B., Costigan, P.A., Sadler, E.M., Stevenson, J.M. (2011). Local dynamic stability of the lifting kinematic chain. Gait & Posture, 34 (4): 561-563.
  • Graham, R.B., Sadler, E.M., Stevenson, J.M. (2011). Does the personal lift-assist device (PLAD) affect the local dynamic stability of the spine during lifting? Journal of Biomechanics, 44 (3): 461-466.
  • Sadler, E.M., Graham, R.B., Stevenson, J.M. (2011). The personal lift-assist device and lifting technique: A principal component analysis. Ergonomics, 54 (4): 392-402.
  • Reid, S.M., Graham, R.B., Costigan, P.A. (2010). Differentiation of young and older adult stair climbing gait using principal component analysis. Gait & Posture, 31 (2): 197-203.
  • Graham, R.B., Agnew, M.J., Stevenson, J.M. (2009). Effectiveness of an on-body lifting aid at reducing low-back physical demands during an automotive assembly task: Assessment of EMG response and user acceptability. Applied Ergonomics, 40 (5): 936-942.

Conferences and Presentations

  • Graham, R.B. (2016). Keynote Lecture: Low back pain and the control of lumbar movement. 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain. October 31-November 3, Singapore, Singapore.
  • Graham, R.B., Ross, G.B., Sheahan, P.J., Mahoney, B., Gurd, B.J., Hodges, P.W. (2016). Pain catastrophizing moderates changes in the local dynamic stability of the spine in response to noxiously induced low back pain. 19th Biennial Meeting of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, July 19-22, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ross, G.B., Dowling, B., Fischer, S.L., Graham, R.B. (2016). The application of principal components analysis as a movement pattern recognition technique: A proof of principle. 19th Biennial Meeting of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, July 19-22, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Graham, R.B. (2015). The effects of experimentally induced low back pain using noxious stimulation on dynamic spine stability. CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) Young Investigators Forum 2015, October 22-23, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.
  • Mavor, M., Graham, R.B. (2015). Exploring the relationship between local and global spine stabilities during repetitive lifting tasks. XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, July 12-16, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Southwell, D., Hills, N.F., McLean, L., Graham, R.B. (2015). Does the abdominal drawing-in maneuver change the local dynamic stability of repetitive spine movements in a healthy population? XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, July 12-16, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Ross, G.B., Mavor, M., Brown, S.H.M., Graham, R.B. (2015). The effects of experimentally induced low back pain on spine rotational stiffness and local dynamic stability. XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (Podium), July 12-16, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Graham, R.B., Kingston, D.C., Almosnino, S. (2014). Biomechanics of military load carriage: the effects of walking speed on dynamic gait stability. Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, November 24-26, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ross, G.B., Oikawa, L.Y., Graham, R.B. (2014). Comparing the local dynamic stability of trunk movements between varsity athletes with and without non-specific low back pain. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, July 6-11, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Graham, R.B., Brown, S.H.M. (2013). Local dynamic stability of spine motor patterns and stiffness during lifting tasks. XXIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, August 4-9, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
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