Allison Clouthier


Allison Clouthier
Assistant Professor, School of Human Kinetics

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa
2018 - PhD. Mechanical and Materials Engineering, specialization in biomedical engineering from Queen’s University
2011 - MSc. Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Queen’s University
2009 - BSc. Science in Engineering (mathematics & engineering, applied mechanics option) from Queen’s University

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Allison Clouthier received her PhD in Mechanical and Materials Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2018. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa in the School of Human Kinetics before joining the School as an assistant professor. Dr. Clouthier’s research is focused on understanding how patient-specific factors contribute to the risk of musculoskeletal pathology and the success of treatment. She is interested in measuring and simulating patellofemoral joint biomechanics to investigate how characteristics such as joint geometry can affect function and contribute to patellofemoral pain and instability. Her work combines techniques including musculoskeletal simulation and artificial intelligence with various motion capture technologies to study individualized patellofemoral biomechanics.   

Research interests: 

  • Biomechanics 
  • Patellofemoral pain and instability 
  • Joint geometry and statistical shape modelling 
  • Musculoskeletal simulation 
  • Artificial intelligence 


Selected Publications 

  • Wheatley MGA, Rainbow MJ, Clouthier AL. Patellofemoral mechanics: a review of pathomechanics and research approaches. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2020. 
  • Clouthier AL, Ross GB, Graham RB. Sensor data required for automatic recognition of athletic tasks using deep neural networks. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology - Machine Learning Approaches to Human Movement Issue. 2020; 7: 473. 
  • Clouthier AL, Borschneck D, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ, Rainbow MJ. Relationship between lateral patellar stability and tibial tubercle location for varying patellofemoral geometries. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2019; 141(12): 121007. 
  • Brandon SCE, Brown MJ, Clouthier AL, Campbell A, Richards JD, Deluzio KJ. Contributions of muscles and external forces to medial knee load reduction due to osteoarthritis braces. The Knee. 2019; 26(3): 564-577. 
  • Clouthier AL, Smith CR, Vignos MF, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ, Rainbow MJ. The effect of articular geometry features identified using statistical shape modelling on knee biomechanics. Medical Engineering & Physics. 2019; 66: 47-55. 
  • Saliba CM, Clouthier AL, Brandon SCE, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Prediction of knee joint contact forces from external measures using principal component prediction and reconstruction. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2018; 34(5): 419-423. 
  • Clouthier AL, Hassan EA, Brandon SCE, Campbell A, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Identification of good candidates for valgus bracing as a treatment for medial knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2018; 36(1): 351-356. 
  • Clouthier AL, Bohm ER, Rudan JF, Shay BL, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Correcting waveform bias using principal component analysis: Applications in multicentre motion analysis studies. Gait & Posture. 2017; 51: 153-158. 
  • Clouthier AL, Hosseini HS, Maquer G, Zysset PK. Finite element analysis predicts experimental failure patterns in vertebral bodies loaded via intervertebral discs up to large deformations. Medical Engineering & Physics. 2015; 27(6): 599-604. 
  • Hosseini HS, Clouthier AL, Zysset PK. Experimental validation of finite element analysis of human vertebral collapse under large compressive strains. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2014; 136(4):041006. 
  • Clouthier AL, Hetzler MA, Fedorak G, Bryant JT, Deluzio KJ, Bicknell RT. Factors affecting the stability of reverse shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2013; 22(4): 439-444. 
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