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Meaghan  Adams - University of Waterloo. Kitchener, ON, CA

Meaghan Adams

Registered Physiotherapist / PhD candidate, Department of Kinesiology | University of Waterloo

Kitchener, ON, CANADA

PhD candidate in neuroscience, studying sensory changes after concussion. Sports & vestibular physiotherapist working in concussion rehab.






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I'm a physiotherapist trained in sports medicine and vestibular rehabilitation, with a clinical focus on concussion rehabilitation.

I began my PhD becuase I wanted to answer questions about how concussion affects the brain. My main interest is in understanding how concussion affects cortical processing of sensory stimuli, especially when the stimuli are conflicting.

I also feel that, as a clinician-scientist, it is my responsibility to move science out of the lab and into the hands of other clinicians. This was my goal when I started my business, OneBrain, which provides high-quality, evidence-based concussion and neuroscience education to health care providers and fitness professionals. I went into health care because I wanted to help people, and teaching concussion best practices and explaining the amazing power of the brain to guide movement, I am able to help many more people than I can in my clinical practice alone.

Industry Expertise (7)

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services

Health Care - Providers



Sport - Amateur

Sport - Professional

Areas of Expertise (5)

Concussion Rehabilitation


Vestibular System



Education (3)

Queen's University: BScH, Life Sciences 2006

Queen's University: MScPT, Physiotherapy 2008

University of Waterloo: PhD, Neuroscience 2016

Expected graduation in Fall of 2017

Event Appearances (3)

Concussion Neuroscience: Emerging Tests

Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Symposium  Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON


Poster: Attentional gating at early cortical processing stages is associated with changes in behavioural peformance on a motor task with sensory conflict

Society for Neuroscience Conference  San Diego, CA


Poster: Changes in early visual and tactile processing after recovery fron concussion

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress  Victoria, BC


Articles (2)

Modulation of early modality-specific cortical potentials by attention, and associated changes in task performance

Behavioural Brain Research


Adams, MS; Popovich, C; Staines, WR.

Early modality-specific cortical regions are modulated by attended visual stimuli: interaction of vision, touch, and behavioural intent

Frontiers in Psychology


Staines, WR; Popovich, CM; Legon, JK; Adams, MS.