Keynote Speaker Information


Professor Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme

Speaker   |   PT, PhD

Dr Tousignant-Laflamme, PT, PhD is a Full Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Ottawa (1999), and then worked as a clinician for five years, mostly with patients with chronic pain. Afterward, he moved to the Université de Sherbrooke and began his research training in clinical sciences (pain management), where he obtained his Master’s in 2005 and PhD in 2008.

After a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montreal, he began as tenure-track faculty in the School of Rehabilitation.  His teaching experience mainly relates to pain science/management and orthopaedics. He acted as PT program director from June 2014 to 2022 and also serves as Board member of the College of Physical Therapist of Québec (OPPQ).  

His research activities target the management of chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders, particularly low back pain.  His current research program revolves around three main aspects targeting the management of chronic pain, namely 1) the evaluation of the effect or the effectiveness of pain management strategies specific to the field of physiotherapy, 2) the personalization of rehabilitation care and 3) the development and validation of measurement tools.  He also has numerous research collaborations aimed to develop and validate various tools for measuring pain in vulnerable populations (ie: elderly, critical care). In 2016-2017, he completed a sabbatical at Duke University (Durham, NC, USA), where he mainly worked on the development of the Pain and Disability Management Model, in collaboration with local researchers.