Jean-Sébastien Roy

525, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, local H-1710

Québec (Québec)  G1M 2S8

418 529-9141 # 6005

Understanding the sensorimotor impairments to improve rehabilitation interventions following musculoskeletal disorders.

Regular Researcher, CIRRIS
Assistant professor, Department of rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval
Research theme: 
Motor function, sense and perception
Research goal: 
Evaluation and Analysis
Development and validation
Understanding of the mechanisms, phenomena and needs

Academic background

  • Post Doc in Clinical Research (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, 2010).
  • Ph.D., Experimental Medicine  (Université Laval, 2008).
  • M.Sc., Experimental Medicine  (Université Laval, 2004).
  • B.SC., Physiotherapy (Université Laval, 1997).

Research interests

  • Characterization of sensorimotor impairments observed following musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Effects of current and new intervention approaches for the rehabilitation of sensorimotor impairments observed following musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Effects of pain on motor learning.
  • Assessment of the psychometry properties of outcome measures.

Articles in scientific journals (peer-reviewed)

Impact of online visual feedback on motor acquisition and retention when learning to reach in a force field.

Batcho CS, Gagné M, Bouyer LJ, Roy JS, Mercier C. Neuroscience. 2016;337:267–275

Ngomo S, Mercier C, Bouyer LJ, Savoie A, Roy JS.
Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb;126(2):365-71. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.05.035. Epub 2014 Jun 21.
PMID: 25043198

F. Desmeules, J. Barry, J.S. Roy, P.A. Vendittoli &  D.M. Rouleau (2014). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5.

Toliopoulos, P., Desmeules, F., Boudreault, J., Roy, J.-S., Frémont, P., Macdermid, J. C., & Dionne, C. E. (2014). Clinical Rheumatology, 1–11. doi:10.1007/s10067-014-2563-9

Boudreault, J., Desmeules, F., Roy, J.-S., Dionne, C., Frémont, P., & Macdermid, J. C. (2014). The efficacy of oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rotator cuff tendinopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46, 294–306. doi:10.2340/16501977-1800

Ngomo, S., Mercier, C., & Roy, J.-S. (2013). Cortical mapping of the infraspinatus muscle in healthy individuals. BMC Neuroscience, 14, 52. doi:10.1186/1471-2202-14-52

Esculier, J.-F., Roy, J.-S., & Bouyer, L. J. (2013). Psychometric evidence of self-reported questionnaires for patellofemoral pain syndrome: a systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35, 2181–2190. doi:10.3109/09638288.2013.774061

F. Desmeules, P. Toliopoulos, J.S. Roy, L.J. Woodhouse, M. Lacelle, S. Girard, M. Leroux, D.E. Feldman, J.C. Fernandes. Validation of an advanced practice physiotherapy model of care in an orthopaedic outpatient clinic. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013.

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

Roy, J.-S., MacDermid, J. C., Tang, K., & Beaton, D. E. (2013). Construct and predictive validity of the chronic pain grade in workers with chronic work-related upper-extremity disorders. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 29, 891–897. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e318278d455

Blanchette A, Moffet H, Roy JS, Bouyer LJ. Effects of repeated walking in a perturbing environment: a 4-day locomotor learning study. Journal of Neurophysiol.  2012 Jul;108(1):275-84.

P. Langevin, J.S. Roy, F. Desmeules. Cervical radiculopathy: Study protocol a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of mobilisations and exercises targeting the opening of intervertebral foramens [NCT01500044]. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012, 13:10. 

F. Desmeules, J.S Roy, J.C. MacDermid, F. Champagne, O. Hinse, L.J. Woodhouse. Advanced practice physiotherapy in patients with musculoskeletal disorders: A systematic review. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012;13(1):107.

J.S. Roy, J.C. MacDermid, B.C. Amick III, H. Shannon, R. McMurtry, J.H. Roth, R. Grewal, K. Tang, D. Beaton. Validity and Responsiveness of Presenteeism Scales in Chronic Work-Related Upper Extremity Disorders. Physical Therapy 2011; 91(2):254-266.

J.S. Roy, J.F. Esculier. Psychometric evidence for clinical outcome measures assessing shoulder disorders. Physical Therapy Review 2011;16(5):331-346

Psychometric properties of presenteeism scales for musculoskeletal disorders – A systematic review.

J.S. Roy, F. Desmeules, J.C. MacDermid. Psychometric properties of presenteeism scales for musculoskeletal disorders – A systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2011; 43(1): 23-31.

J.S. Roy, J.C. MacDermid, L.J. Woodhouse. A systematic review of the psychometric properties of the Constant-Murley score. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2010;19:157-164.

J.S. Roy, H. Moffet, B.J. McFadyen.The effects of unsupervised movement training with visual feedback on upper limb kinematic in persons with shoulder impingement syndrome. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 2010; 20: 939-946.

J.S. Roy, J.C. MacDermid, K.J. Faber, D. Drosdowech, G.S. Athwal. The Simple Shoulder Test is more responsive than the DASH, measures of motion and strength in assessing change following shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2010; 40(7):413-421.

J.S. Roy , H. Moffet, L.J. Hébert, R. Lirette. Effect of motor control and strengthening exercises on shoulder function in persons with impingement syndrome: A single-subject study. Manual Therapy 2009;14(2):180-188. 

J.S. Roy, J.C. MacDermid, L.J. Woodhouse. Measuring shoulder function: A Systematic Review of four questionnaires. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2009;61(5):623-632.

J.S. Roy, H. Moffet, B.J. McFadyen, R. Lirette. Impact of movement training with feedback on upper limb motor strategies in persons with shoulder impingement syndrome. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 2009;1:8.

J.S. Roy H. Moffet, B.J. McFadyen. Upper limb motor strategies in persons with and without shoulder impingement syndrome across different speeds of movement. Clinical Biomechanics 2008; 23(10):1227-1236.

Scientific presentations (oral or poster)

Effect of experimental muscle pain on the acquisition and retention of locomotor adaptation

Bouffard J, Salomoni SE, Tucker K, Van der Hoorn W, Mercier C, Roy JS, Hodges PW, Bouyer LJ.
Society for Neuroscience, Washington, USA, November 15-19, 2014

Corticospinal excitability asymmetry is associated with altered shoulder control in individuals with shoulder subacromial pain

Savoie A, Roy JS, Mercier C.
15th IASP World congress on pain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 6-11th 2014.

Books, book chapters and contributions to collective works

Upper Extremity Pain

J.S. Roy, K. Perreault, F. Desmeules. In: Handbook of Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders in the Workplace. Editors Gatchel R.J., Schultz I.Z. Springer Publishing: New York City, NY; 2014: p. 55-80.

Conservative Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

J.S. Roy, J. Colin-Durand. Chapter 119 - Conservative Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In: Evidence-based Orthopedics. Editor Bhandari M. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing: Oxford; 2012: p. 1012-20.

Conservative Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

J.S. Roy, J. Colin-Durand. Chapter 119 - Conservative Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In: Evidence-based Orthopedics. Editor Bhandari M. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing: Oxford; 2012: p. 1012-20.

Graduate student (Direction)

  • Jean-François Esculier, pht -Doctoral degree in experimental medecine
  • Corinne St-Pierre, erg -Master's degree in experimental medecine
  • Alexandre Savoie, pht - Master's degree in experimental medecine

Graduate students (Codirection)

  • Jason Bouffard, erg -doctoral degree in experimental medecine

Research professional

  • Caroline Braën-Boucher


2010 - …. Membre of the Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation
2011 -... Réseau québécois de recherche sur la douleur

CIUSSS-CN Université Laval Alliance santé Québec