Linda McLean


Linda McLean
Full Professor

1998 Ph.D. Interdisciplinary studies (Engineering, Neuromuscular Physiology, Statistical Methods and Ergonomics) University of New Brunswick
1995 M.Sc. Electrical Engineering University of New Brunswick
1990 B.Sc. Physiotherapy McGill University

Room: LEES E155D
Telephone:: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2544
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Linda McLean received her BSc in Physiotherapy from McGill University in 1990. In 1995, she received her MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and in 1998 she received her doctorate from the same institution. She began her academic career as Assistant Professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. In 2002 she moved to the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, where, in 2006, she became chair of the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Science, and where she became full professor in 2012. In 2014 Dr. McLean joined the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa as full professor and continues to hold an adjunct professor appointment at Queen’s University. She is currently operating her research in both Kingston and Ottawa. Dr. McLean’s research program focusses on the study of biomechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for urinary incotninence, pelvic pain and functional deficits associated with pregnancy and delivery as well as the identification of factors associated with successful rehabilitation outcomes. Over the years, Dr. McLean has developed expertise in the application of electromyography (both clinical and kinesiological), musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, and other methods to evaluate neuromuscular system.functioning. At the University of Ottawa, Dr. McLean is a member of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and holds a cross-appointment in the School of Human Kinetics.


Research Interests

  • Women’s Health (urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, motor dysfunction associated with pregnancy and delivery)
  • Measurement of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function (neurophysiology and biomechanics)
  • Predictive models of successful rehabilitation outcomes

Selected recent publications

  • Gentilcore-Saulnier, E*., Auchincloss, C*., McLean, L., Chapter 15: Electromyography. In T. Rosenbaum and N. Padua, The Overactive Pelvic Floor. Springer. [In Press]
  • Keshwani, N*., McLean, L.,(2015) State of the Art Review: Intravaginal probes for recording electromyography from the pelvic floor muscles. Journal of NeuroUrology and Urodynamics, DOI: 10.1002/nau.22529. Pubmed ID 24264797
  • Hodges, P., McLean, L., Hodder, J*. (2014) Insight into the function of the obturator internus muscle in humans: Observations with development and validation of an electromyography recording technique. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 24(4) 489-496. DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.03.011. 7 PMID: 4788026 7
  • Thibault-Gagnon, S*., Gentilcore-Saulner, E.*, Auchincloss, C*. & McLean, L. (2014). Are physical therapists interchangeable in the ultrasound assessment of levator hiatus morphology? Physiotherapy Canada 66(4): 340-347. DOI: 10.3138/ptc.2013.50
  • McLean, L, Varette, K, Gentilcore-Saulnier, E*., Harvey, M, Baker, K., Sauerbrei, E. (2013) Pelvic floor muscle training in women with stress urinary incontinence causes hypertrophy of the urethral sphincters and reduces bladder neck mobility during coughing. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 32(8) 1096-1102 DOI: 10.1002/nau.22343 Pubmed ID 23861324.

*Graduate trainees


Useful links*

  • Muscle FunctionMmeasurement (MFM) Lab

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