Désirée Maltais

Désirée Maltais

Faculté de médecine
Université Laval
418 529-9141 # 6631


Physiotherapist interested in the evaluation of mobility and physical fitness, the determinants of physical activity and interventions aiming to improve the level of physical activity among people with physical disabilities, especially children and adolescents.


Regular Researcher, CIRRIS
Associate professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Laval university

Academic background

  • Post-doctoral studies (CIRRIS, Québec ,2006)
  • Ph.D., Medical sciences (Physiology/pharmacology), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2004
  • M.Sc., Kinesiology (Human biodynamics), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1998)
  • B.Sc. (pht.), Rehabilitation Sciences (Physical Therapy), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1984

Research interests

  • The determinants and effects of physical activity in children and adults with motor impairments.
  • The relationships between clinical tests of mobility or physical fitness and participation in children with cerebral palsy.

Articles in scientific journals (peer-reviewed)

Healthy lifestyles for youth with intellectual disabilities: a scoping review to identify key characteristics of effective interventions.

Grandisson, M., Milot, É., Allaire, A.S., Lamontagne, M.E., Maltais, D. (soumis, février 2018). American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dahan-Oliel, N., Mazer, B., Riley, P., Maltais, D. B., Nadeau, L., & Majnemer, A. (2014). Early Human Development, 90, 307–314. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2014.02.010

Olivier, C., Doré, J., Blanchet, S., Brooks, D., Richards, C. L., Martel, G., … Maltais, D. B. (2013). Maximal cardiorespiratory fitness testing in individuals with chronic stroke with cognitive impairment: practice test effects and test-retest reliability. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94, 2277–2282. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2013.03.016

Roy, J.-S., Esculier, J.-F., & Maltais, D. B. (2013). Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the French version of the Knee Outcome Survey-Activities of Daily Living Scale. Clinical Rehabilitation, 28, 614–623. doi:10.1177/0269215513511342

Ferland C, Moffet H, Maltais D. Locomotor tests predict community mobility inchildren and youth with cerebral palsy. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 2012 Jul;29(3):266-77.

Locomotor tests predict community mobility in children and youth with cerebral palsy.

Ferland, C., Moffet, H., & Maltais, D.B.(2012). Locomotor tests predict community mobility in children and youth with cerebral palsy. Adapt Phys Activ Q. 29(3):266-77. PubMed PMID: 22811566.

Maltais, D. B., Robitaille, N.-M., Dumas, F., Boucher, N., & Richards, C. L. (2012). Measuring steady-state oxygen uptake during the 6-min walk test in adults with cerebral palsy: feasibility and construct validity. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35(2), 181-183 

Hébert LJ, Maltais DB, Lepage C, Saulnier J, Crête M, Perron M. (2011) Isometric Muscle Strength in Youth Assessed by Hand-held Dynamometry: A Feasibility, Reliability and Validity Study, Pediatr Phys Ther 2011;23:289–299.

Ferland C, Lepage C, Moffet H, Maltais DB. Relationships Between Lower Limb Muscle Strength and Locomotor Capacity in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy Who Walk Independently. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2011 Nov 24. [Epub aheadof print] 

Verschuren O, Maltais DB, Takken T. The 220-age equation does not predict maximum heart rate in children and adolescents. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2011Sep;53(9):861-4.

Verschuren O, Ada L, Maltais DB, Gorter JW, Scianni A, Ketelaar M. Muscle strengthening in children and adolescents with spastic cerebral palsy: considerations for future resistance training protocols. Phys Ther. 2011 Jul;91(7):1130-9.

Verschuren O, Ketelaar M, Keefer D, Wright V, Butler J, Ada L, Maher C, Reid S, Wright M, Dalziel B, Wiart L, Fowler E, Unnithan V, Maltais DB, van den Berg-Emons R, Takken T. Identification of a core set of exercise tests for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: a Delphi survey of researchers and clinicians. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2011 May;53(5):449-56.

Maltais DB, Dumas F, Boucher N, Richards CL. Factors related to physical activity in adults with cerebral palsy may differ for walkers and nonwalkers. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Jul;89(7):584-97.

Maltais DB, Pierrynowski MR, Galea VA, Bar-Or O. Physical activity level is associated with the O2 cost of walking in cerebral palsy. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005 Mar;37(3):347-53.

Maltais DB, Pierrynowski MR, Galea VA, Matsuzaka A, Bar-Or O. Habitual physical activity levels are associated with biomechanical walking economy in children with cerebral palsy. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Jan;84(1):36-45.

Maltais DB, Pierrynowski MR, Galea VA, de Bruin H, Al-Mutawaly N, Bar-Or O. Minute-by-minute differences in co-activation during treadmill walking in cerebral palsy. Electromyogr Clin Neurophysiol. 2004 Dec;44(8):477-87.

Books, book chapters and contributions to collective works

Neuromusculoskeletal and movement-related functions.

Wright, F. W., Maltais, D. B., Sanders, H., & Burtner, P. A. (2012). Neuromusculoskeletal and movement-related functions. In ICF-CY & A. Majnemer (Eds.), Measures for Children with Developmental Disabilities. London: Mac Keith Press (pp. 192-230).

  • Sophie-Krystale Dufour
  • Ketsia Proulx
  • Sarah Boudreault
  • Claire Gane


  • Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec, membre
  • College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, membre
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (Fellow)
  • North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine, membre
  • American College of Sports Medicine, membre
  • Association canadienne de physiothérapie, membre
  • Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation (REPAR), membre du comité scientique


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