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Dr. Avril Mansfield

Affiliate scientist

The KITE Research Institute at University Health Network
550 University Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5G 2A2

Phone: 416-597-3422, ext. 7831

Administrative Assistant: Karen Fan
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 683725


  • B.Sc., 2001, sport and exercise science, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • M.Sc., 2002, biomedical engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • PhD, 2007, medical science, University of Toronto, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Foci:

  • Clinical biomechanics
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Balance control
  • Safe independent mobility
  • Falls

Research Summary:

Dr. Mansfield's research focuses on understanding balance and mobility challenges of people who have had a stroke or who are undergoing physical rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in understanding how we acquire and relearn "involuntary" balance motor skills and how to apply technology (e.g., accelerometers and force plates) to assess and treat people in clinical practice.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Mansfield A, Brooks D, Tang A, Taylor D, Inness EL, Kiss A, Middleton L, Biasin L, Fleck R, French E, LeBlanc K, Aqui A, Danells CJ. Promoting optimal physical exercise for life (PROPEL): aerobic exercise and self-management early after stroke to increase daily physical activity: study protocol for a stepped-wedge randomized trial. BMJ Open 2017;7:e015843. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015843.
  2. Schinkel-Ivy A, Singer JC, Inness EL, Mansfield A. Do quiet standing centre of pressure measures within specific frequencies differ based on balance recovery abilities in individuals with stroke? Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Jun;127(6):2463–71.
  3. Wong JS, Brooks D, Mansfield A. Do falls experienced during in-patient stroke rehabilitation affect length of stay and functional status? Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Apr;97(4):561–6.
  4. Mansfield A, Inness EL. Force plate assessment of quiet standing balance control: perspectives on clinical application within stroke rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Process and Outcome. 2015;4:7–15.
  5. Mansfield A, Wong JS, Bryce J, Knorr S, Patterson KK. Does perturbation-based balance training prevent falls? A review and meta-analysis of preliminary randomized controlled trials. Phys Ther. 2015;95(5):700–9.

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