Peer reviewed publications

  1. Levac D, Glegg S, Camden C, Rivard L. (In press). Best practice guidelines for the development, implementation, and evaluation of online knowledge translation resources in rehabilitation. Physical Therapy.
  2. Levac D, Fox E, Espy D, Pradhan S, Deutsch J. (In press). ‘Kinect-ing’ with clinicians: A knowledge translation resource to support decision-making about virtual reality video game use in rehabilitation. Physical Therapy.
  3. Colquhoun H, O’Brien K, Levac D, Strauss S, Moher D. (2014). Scoping reviews: Time for clarity in conduct and reporting. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.. pii: S0895-4356(14)00210-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2014.03.013. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Dematteo C, Rubinoff M, Greenspoon D, Levac D. (2014). Evaluating the contribution of the Nintendo Wii in assessing return to activity readiness in youth with mild traumatic brain injury. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Vol. 34, No. 3 , Pages 229-244 (doi:10.3109/01942638.2014.885103)
  5. Levac D, Miller P. (2013) Integrating virtual reality video games into therapy: clinician’s experiences. Physiother Theory Pract.29(7):504-12. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2012.762078.
  6. Levac D, Missiuna C, Wishart L, DeMatteo C, and Wright V. (2013). The Motor Learning Strategy Instrument: inter-rater reliability within usual and virtual reality physical therapy interventions. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(1):53-60.
  7. Levac D, Galvin J. (2013) When is virtual reality ‘therapy’? Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.94(4):795-8
  8. Janssen J, Verschuren O, Levac D, Ermers J, Ketelaar M. (2012). Structured game-related group therapy for an Adolescent with Acquired Brain Injury: a case report. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 5(2):125-32.
  9. Levac D, Rivard L, Missiuna C. (2012). Describing the active ingredients of interactive computer play interventions for children with neuromotor impairments: a scoping review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 214-223.
  10. Kamath T, Banerjee P, Hunter T, Ito J, Pfeifer M, Salbach N, Wright V, and Levac D. (2012). Reliability of the Motor Learning Strategy Rating Instrument for children and youth with Acquired Brain Injury. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(3):288-305
  11. Missiuna C, Pollock N, Levac D, Campbell W, Sahagian Whalen S, Bennett S Hecimovich C, et al. (2012). Partnering for Change:  An innovative school-based occupational therapy service delivery model for children with developmental coordination disorder. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.Can J Occup Ther. 2012 Feb;79(1):41-50.
  12. Levac D, Miller P, Missiuna C. (2012). Usual and virtual reality video game-based physiotherapy interventions for children and youth with acquired brain injuries. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(2):180-95.
  13. Letts L, Ginis KA, Faulkner G, Colquhoun H, Levac D, Gorczynski P. (2011) Preferred methods and messengers for delivering physical activity information to people with spinal cord injury: A focus group study. Rehabilitation Psychology 56(2):128-37
  14. Levac D, Missiuna C, Wishart L, DeMatteo C, Wright V. (2011). Documenting the content of physical therapy for children with acquired brain injury: Development and validation of the Motor Learning Strategy Rating Instrument. Physical Therapy , 91(5):689-99
  15. Levac D, Galvin J (2011). Facilitating clinical decision-making about the use of virtual reality within pediatric motor rehabilitation: application of a classification framework.Developmental Neurorehabilitation 14(3): 177-184.
  16. Levac D, Colquhoun H, O’Brien K. (2010) Scoping Studies: Advancing the methodology. Implementation Science. 5:69
  17. Levac D, Pierrynowski M, Canestrano M, Gurr L, Leonard L, Neeley C. (2010) Exploring children’s movement characteristics during virtual reality video game play. Human Movement Science 29: 1023-1038.
  18. Galvin J, Levac D. (2010) Facilitating clinical decision-making about the use of virtual reality within pediatric motor rehabilitation: Describing and classifying virtual reality systems. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14(2), 112-122.
  19. Levac D, Wishart L, Missiuna C, Wright V. (2009). The application of motor learning strategies within functionally based interventions for children and youth with neuromotor conditions. Pediatric Physical Therapy 21: 345-355.
  20. Levac D., DeMatteo C. (2009). Bridging the gap between theory and practice: Dynamic Systems Theory as a framework for understanding and promoting recovery of function in children and youth with acquired brain injuries. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 25(8), 544-554.
  21. Levac D., DeMatteo C., Hanna S., Wishart L. (2008). Intra-individual variability in recovery from paediatric acquired brain injury: Relationship to outcomes at 1 year. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 11(3), 195-203.

Book chapters

  1. Levac D & Sveistrup H. Motor Learning and Virtual Reality. In MF Levin, PL Weiss (Eds). Virtual reality technologies for health and clinical applications Volume 1: Applying virtual reality technologies to motor rehabilitation”. Springer, NY, 2014.

Journal Abstracts

  1. Dematteo C, Rubinoff M, Greenspoon D, Levac, D. (2012). Development of a Nintendo Wii Protocol for Assessment of Return to Activity Readiness in Youth with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury, 26(4-5): 581.
  2. Galvin J & Levac D. (2011). Describing and classifying virtual reality systems for use in paediatric motor rehabilitation. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58(Supplement 1), 137
  3. Levac D & Galvin J. (2010). A comparative analysis of virtual reality systems within ABI motor rehabilitation: Development of a treatment model. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Brain Injury, p.46.
  4. Levac D, Wright V, Wishart L, Missiuna C, DeMatteo C. (2010). Exploring the content of physiotherapy interventions for children and youth with ABI: Development and validation of a rating instrument. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Brain Injury, p.84.
  5. Levac D & Missiuna C. (2009). What are the educational needs of health professionals who transfer knowledge about DCD to parents and teachers? Proceedings of the DCD VIII International Conference, p. 74.
  6. Levac D & Wishart L. (2009). How are motor learning strategies applied within physical and occupational therapy interventions for children with DCD? Proceedings of the DCD VIII International Conference, p. 74.
  7. Levac D, DeMatteo C, Hanna S, Wishart L. (2008). Intra-individual variability in recovery from paediatric acquired brain injury: Relationship to outcomes at 1 year. Brain Injury, 22(S1), 4. Melis E, Balmer S, Nymark J, Levac D, Lemaire E. (1998). Normal EMG phasic timing at extremely slow walking speeds. Gait and Posture, 7(2), 172.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers/Workshops/Posters

  1. Glegg S, Levac D, Sveistrup H, Colquhoun H, Miller P, Depaul V, Finestone H, Wishart L, Harris J, Brien M. Integrating motor learning and virtual reality into practice: A knowledge translation challenge. (2014) Short paper presented at the International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT) 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2-4 September 2014).
  2. Levac D, Glegg S, Sveistrup H, Colquhoun H, Miller P, Depaul V, Finestone H, Wishart L, Harris J, Brien M. The reality of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation. (2014) Poster to be presented at Annual Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Toronto, Oct 7-11th 2014.
  3. Levac D, Galvin J, Brien M. Virtual reality systems in neurorehabilitation: clinical decision-making and motor learning applications (accepted; not presented). ½ day course accepted at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, November 12-16 2013, FL, USA.
  4. Levac D, Glegg S, Sveistrup H, Colquhoun H, Miller P. Supporting therapists to integrate virtual reality systems within clinical practice: A knowledge translation study (2013). Poster presented at the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, August 27-29 2013, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  5. Missiuna C., Pollock N., Hecimovich, C., Sahagian Whalen S., Gaines R., Russell D., Rosenbaum P., Bennett S., Campbell W., Levac D., Rivard L., DeCola C. & Cairney J. (2012). Partnering for Change: Transforming health services for children with developmental coordination disorder. System innovation poster presented at the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, October, 2012
  6. Missiuna C., Pollock N., Hecimovich C., Sahagian Whalen S., Gaines R., Russell D., Rosenbaum P., Bennett S., Campbell W., Levac D., Rivard L., DeCola C. & Cairney J. (2012). Partnering for Change: Transforming health services for children with developmental coordination disorder. Demonstration poster presented at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), Toronto, ON, September, 2012.
  7. Rivard L., Levac D., Missiuna C. (2012) Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD): Using knowledge translation as a physiotherapy management strategy. Educational session to be presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, Saskatoon, SK, May, 2012.
  8. Levac D., Fricke M., Yeung E. (2012) Be it resolved that a ‘global health’ can be found in Canada: a structured debate. Educational session to be presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, Saskatoon, SK, May, 2012.
  9. Levac D., Galvin J. (2012) What is the role of the therapist in pediatric virtual reality interventions? A scoping review of the literature. Paper presentation accepted at the 9th International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Laval, France, September, 2012.
  10. Levac D., Miller P., Missiuna C. (2012) Integrating the Nintendo Wii into pediatric physical therapy interventions. Poster to be presented at the 9th Games for Health Conference, Boston, MA, June, 2012.
  11. Missiuna C., Pollock N., Rivard L., Russell D., Campbell W., Levac D., & Sahagian Whalen S. (2012) Partnering for Change: A capacity building model for children with motor challenges. Demonstration poster to be presented to the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, September, 2012.
  12. DeMatteo C., Rubinoff M., Greenspoon, D. Levac, D. (2012). Development of a Nintendo Wii Protocol for Assessment of Return to Activity Readiness in Youth with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the 9th World Congress on Brain Injury, Edinburgh, UK.
  13. Levac D., Miller P., Missiuna C. (2011). “You have to think about why you’re doing it”: Pediatric physiotherapists’ use of the Nintendo Wii/WiiFit. Paper presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Whistler, British Columbia.
  14. Levac D., Galvin J. (2011). Virtual Reality Systems in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Making sense of the many options. Paper presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Whistler, British Columbia.
  15. Missiuna C., Pollock N., Sahagian-Whalen S., Levac D., & Bennett S. (2011). Partnering for Change: Building capacity through coaching in school contexts. Paper presented to Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  16. Levac D., Pierrynowski,M. (2010). Characteristics of total body movement during virtual reality video game play in healthy children. Paper presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  17. Levac D., & Missiuna C. (2009). What are the educational needs of health professionals who transfer knowledge about DCD to parents and teachers? Poster presented at the DCD VIII International Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  18. Levac D., & Wishart L. (2009). How are motor learning strategies applied within physical and occupational therapy interventions for children with DCD? Poster presented at the DCD VIII International Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  19. Hard J., Levac D., Cleaver S. (2009). When is the right time to be involved in global health initiatives? A panel discussion on physiotherapy roles across the experiential spectrum. Educational Session presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta.
  20. Levac D. (2008). The role of motor learning principles within physiotherapy intervention approaches: a comparative analysis and application to children and youth with acquired brain injury. Poster accepted at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine- American Society of Neurorehabilitation Joint Educational Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  21. Levac D. (2008). Cognitive strategies within knowledge of performance feedback in pediatric ABI. Poster presented at the GTA Rehab Network Best Practices Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  22. Levac D., DeMatteo C., Hanna S., Wishart L. (2008). What is the role of intra-individual variability in recovery from pediatric ABI? Paper presented at the 7th World Congress on Brain Injury, Lisbon, Portugal
  23. Levac D., DeMatteo C., Hanna S., & Wishart L. (2008). Implications for physiotherapists of Intra-individual variability in recovery from pediatric acquired brain injury. Paper presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.
  24. Levac D., Cleaver S., Hard J. (2008). Reflecting on the role of physiotherapy in developing countries: where can you fit in? Educational session presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.
  25. Levac D., DeMatteo C., Hanna S., & Wishart L. (2007). Intra-individual variability in recovery from pediatric acquired brain injury: relationship to functional outcomes at one year. Paper presented at the North American Brain Injury Society Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  26. Levac D., DeMatteo C. (2007). Bridging the gap between theory and practice: Dynamic Systems Theory as a framework for understanding and promoting recovery of function in children and youth with acquired brain injuries. Poster presented at the North American Brain Injury Society Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Non-peer reviewed Technical Reports/Invited

  1. Levac D., Missiuna C. (2009). An update on the use of virtual reality technology to improve movement in children with physical impairments. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON: CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. Available at canchild.ca.

Journal articles

  1. King, J., Levac, D., Hard, J., Fraser, M. (2010). Lost in Translation: Exploring the potential safety impacts of culturally-based communication challenges in the patient-physiotherapist relationship. The Interdivisional Review of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Safety, 34-38.
  2. Crowley, H., Levac, D. (2008). The impact of obesity and lifestyle factors on the transition from under nutrition/infectious disease to overnutrition/noncommunicable disease in the majority world. The Interdivisional Review of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Obesity, 28-32.
  3. Levac, D., Tata, E., Cleaver, S., Raman, S., Balogh, R., Ellis, K. (2007). Inter-professional practice and education: the perceived cultural divide. The Interdivisional Review of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Interdisciplinary Care, 22-26.

Unpublished Documents

  1. Levac, D., Pollock, N., Missiuna, C. Partnering for Change. [Educational materials]. McMaster University, ON: Author.

 

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