François Routhier

François Routhier

525, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

Québec (Québec)  G1M 2S8

418 529-9141 # 6256

Researcher interested in urban design and universal design, technical aids, wheelchair skills required, as well as the social participation of people using assistive technology.

Regular Researcher, CIRRIS
Associate professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University
Research Scholar (Junior 2), Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS)
Researcher and responsible for the research dimension Environments, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS), Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale (CIUSSS-CN)
Research theme: 
Motor function, sense and perception
Physical environment
Technological environment
Social environment
Social participation and human rights
Research goal: 
Evaluation and Analysis
Development and validation
Understanding of the mechanisms, phenomena and needs

Academic background

  • Postdoctoral studies  (Département d'Administration de la Santé de l'Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada, 2008)
  • Postdoctoral studies (Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montréal, Canada et Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 2007)
  • Ph.D. Experimental medicine (Adaptation / rehabilitation) (Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale, Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec, Québec, Canada, Université Laval, Québec, Canada, 2004)
  • M.Sc. Mechanical engineering, (Département de génie mécanique, Université Laval, Québec, 1997)
  • B.Sc. Mechanical engineering, (Département de génie mécanique, Université Laval, Québec, 1993)

Research interests

  • Robotic technical aids (development, efficiency, utility, efficiency, costs, etc.) 
  • Assessment and training of wheelchair skills (manual and motorized)
  • Development and validation of tools and methods for clinical evaluation and research and training / teaching tools
  • Development and evaluation of interventions with users of technical aids, mainly mobility aids 
  • Social participation of wheelchair users who have suffered a spinal cord injury
  • Urban planning and universal design

Articles in scientific journals (peer-reviewed)

Charette C, Routhier F, McFadyen BJ.
Neurosci Lett. 2015 Feb 19;588:83-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Jan 3. PMID: 25562632

Sakakibara, B.M., Miller, W.C., Routhier, .F, Backman, C.L., Eng, J.J. (2014). Physical Therapy, 94(5), 664-674.

Vincent C, Routhier F, Martel V, Mottard MÈ, Dumont F, Côté L, Cloutier D.
Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2014 Sep;9(5):414-20. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2013.825929. Epub 2013 Nov 25.
PMID: 24266810
Vincent C, Gagnon D, Routhier F, Leblond J, Boucher P, Blanchet M, Martin-Lemoyne V; ADMI group. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2015 Mar;10(2):132-40.
doi: 10.3109/17483107.2013.871075. Epub 2013 Dec 26. PMID: 24369043

Kairy, D., Rushton, P., Archambault, P., Pituch, E., Torkia, C., El Fathi, A., Stone, P., Routhier, F., Forget, R., Demers, L., Pineau, J., & Gourdeau, R. (2014). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(2), 2244-2261.

Blanchet M, Gagnon DH, Vincent C, Boucher P, Routhier F, Martin-Lemoyne V.
Assist Technol. 2013 Winter;25(4):247-52.
PMID: 24620708 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sakakibara, B.M., Routhier, F., Lavoie, M.-P., Miller, W.C. (2013). Reliability and validity of the French-Canadian version of the Late Life Function and Disability Instrument (LLFDI-F) in older, community-living wheelchair-users, Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20, 365-373.

Lamontagne, M.-E., Routhier, F., & Auger, C. (2013). Team consensus concerning important outcomes for augmentative and alternative communication assistive technologies: a pilot study. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 29, 182–189. doi:10.3109/07434618.2013.784927

Hitzig SL, Noreau L, Balioussis C, Routhier F, Kairy D & Craven BC. (2013). Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, 1408–1414. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.735340

Lalumiere, M., Gagnon, D., Routhier, F., Desroches, G., Hassan, J., & Bouyer, L. J. (2013). Effects of rolling resistances on handrim kinetics during the performance of wheelies among manual wheelchair users with a spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 51, 245–251. doi:10.1038/sc.2012.140

Sakakibara, B. M., Miller, W. C., Eng, J. J., Backman, C. L., & Routhier, F. (2013). Preliminary examination of the relation between participation and confidence in older manual wheelchair users. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 94, 791–794. 

Baril, M., Laliberté, T., Gosselin, C., & Routhier, F. (2013). On the Design of a Mechanically Programmable Underactuated Anthropomorphic Prosthetic Gripper. Journal of Mechanical Design, 135, 121008. doi:10.1115/1.4025493

Lemay V, Routhier F, Noreau L, Phang Sh, Martin Ginis K, Relationships Between Wheelchair Skills, Wheelchair Mobility And Level Of Injury In Individual With Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord.;50(1):37-41, 2012

Archambault, P. S., Tremblay, S., Cachecho, S., Routhier, F., & Boissy, P. (2012). Driving performance in a power wheelchair simulator. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 7(3), 226-233.

Pradon, D., Pinsault, N., Zory, R., & Routhier, F. (2012). Could mobility performance measures be used to evaluate wheelchair skills? Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 44(3), 276-279.

Rousseau-Harrison, K., Rochette, A., Routhier, F., Dessureault, D., Thibault, F., & Côté, O. (2012). Perceived impacts of a first wheelchair on social participation. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 7(1), 37-44.

Vincent, C., & Routhier, F. (2012). Designs in Assistive Technology research: Usefulness for therapists in clinical practice. Technology and Disability, 24, 49-58.

Books, book chapters and contributions to collective works

Luc Noreau, Geoffrey Edwards, Normand Boucher, Francois Routhier, Claude Vincent, Hubert Gascon, and Patrick Fougeyrollas.  (Chapitre 33). Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation, Volker Dietz and Nick Ward (eds), 399-417.

Enhancing Independent Community Access and Participation: Services, Technologies and Policies.

Noreau L, Edwards G, Boucher N, Routhier F, Vincent C, Gascon H, Fougeyrollas P.  (Chapter 33). P 399-417; Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation,  Edited by Volker Dietz and Nick Ward. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK; 2015

Scientific presentations (oral or poster)

Gamache, S, Vincent, C., Routhier, F., McFadyen, B., Fiset, D. & Beauregard, L. 2014 International Summit on Accessibility, Hosted by Carleton University, July 12-15, 2014, Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (international) 

Martin-Lemoine, V., Gagnon, Vincent, C., Routhier, F.
ADMI Group (Assistance Dog for Motor Impairments Group).
merican Congress of Rehabiliation Medecine, 91st Annual conference, Progress in rehabilitation research, Intercontinental, convention center, Toronto, ON, Canada, 7-11 oct. 2014. (international)

Traction provided by a mobility assistance dog reduces upper limb efforts when manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury propel up a ramp: a comprehensive biomechanical analysis

Martin-Lemoine, V., Gagnon, D., Corriveau, H., Vincent, C., Routhier, F.  
6th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference, Toronto, Friday October 3rd, 2014. (international)

Benefits of JACO robotic arm on independent living and social participation: an exploratory study

Routhier, F., Archambault, P., Cyr, M.-C., Maheu, V., Lemay, M. & Gélinas, I. (2014). RESNA 2014. Indianapolis, IN, USA, June 11-15.

Dermoskeletal techonology as a means to improve mobility in individuals with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study

Bouyer, L., Routhier, F., Rahn, C. & McFadyen, B. (2014). RESNA 2014. Indianapolis, IN, USA, June 11-15. 

Gamache, S., Vincent, C., McFadyen, B. J., Routhier, F., Beauregard, L., & Fiset, D. (2012). Measure of accessibility to urban infrastructures for adults presenting physical disabilities. Québec (Canada): Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale.

Research reports

Rapport du Groupe de travail sur le transfert de connaissances en traumatologie.

NOREAU L., BÉRUBÉ M., GIRARD M., KAIRY D., LAVOIE A., LECLAIR K., LEFEBVRE H.,  MARTIN JC., ROUTHIER F., TRUCHON C. Rapport du Groupe de travail sur le transfert de connaissances en traumatologie. Présenté au mandataire: les Partenaires du Consortium pour le développement de la recherche en traumatologie. Québec; 55 pages; 2010.

Research assistants

  • Émilie Lacroix, Dt.P., MSc
  • Josiane Lettre, erg., M.erg., M.Sc.
  • Marie Gagnon, M.Serv. soc.
  • Caroline Rhan, Pht

Undergraduate students

  • Élizabeth Turcotte, Occupational Therapy Student (Ongoing)
  • Florence LemayOccupational Therapy Student (Ongoing)
  • Audrey LebrasseurOccupational Therapy Student (Ongoing)
  • Sophie BourassaOccupational Therapy Student (Ongoing)
  • Maxence Racine, Mechanical engineering (Ongoing)

Master students

  • Samuel Poirier (Director : Dr Alexandre Campeau-Lecours) (Ongoing)
  • Maude Beaudoin, M.Erg. (Co-directress  : Dre Émilie Raymond) (Ongoing)
  • Philippe Turgeon (Director : Dr Alexandre Campeau-Lecours) (Ongoing)
  • Anita Gagnon, erg. (Ongoing)
  • Caroline Charette, M.Pht. (2015-2017)
  • Véronique Lajeunesse, M.Sc. (2013-2015)
  • Valérie Martin-Lemoyne, Pht. (2013-2014)
  • Ratiba Bouskani, M.Sc. (2009-2014)

PhD students

  • Alice Pellichero, PhD in clinical and biomedical sciences, Université Laval (Ongoing)
  • Stéphanie Gamache, PhD (2013-2018)

Postdoctoral trainees

  • Jason Bouffard, Erg., PhD (Ongoing)
  • Mohamed Amine Choukou, PhD (2015-2017)
  • Krista Best, PhD (2014-2018)

Site WEB du Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP) / Programme d’habiletés en fauteuil roulant

Site WEB CanWheel

Website Candian Disability Participation Project

Website Age-Well, Canada’s technology and aging network

CIUSSS-CN Université Laval Alliance santé Québec