Barbara L. Shay
Barbara L. Shay, PhD

Associate Professor and Department Head
Department of Physical Therapy

Not accepting MSc or PhD students at this time.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Pain: Acute and chronic
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Evidence based practice
  • Neural control in movement

Current Research Interests

  • Objective Pain Outcome Measures
  • Acupuncture as a therapeutic modality
  • Motion analysis in functional activities
  • Basic science: effects of descending neurotransmitters and modulation in the spinal cord processing of nociceptive and non-nociceptive information

Teaching Fields

  • Basic Orthopaedic Assessment and Treatment
  • Research Methods
  • Electrophysical Agents in Rehabilitation
  • Post-graduate Acupuncture

Selected Publications

Simister HD, Tkachuk GA, Shay BL, Vincent N, Pear JJ, Skrabek RQ. Randomized Controlled Trial of Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Fibromyalgia. J Pain. 2018 Jul;19(7):741-753. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.02.004. Epub 2018 Mar 2. PubMed PMID: 29481976.
Nussbaum EL, Houghton P, Anthony J, Rennie S, Shay BL, Hoens AM. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Treatment of Muscle Impairment: Critical Review and Recommendations for Clinical Practice. Physiother Can. 2017;69(5):1-76. doi: 10.3138/ptc.2015-88. PubMed PMID: 29162949.
Nankar M, Szturm T, Marotta J, Shay B, Beauchet O, Allali G. The interacting effects of treadmill walking and different types of visuospatial cognitive task:
Discriminating dual task and age effects. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2017 Nov;73:50-59. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2017.07.013. Epub 2017 Jul 27. PubMed PMID:

Srikesavan CS, Shay B, Szturm T. Task-Oriented Training with Computer Games for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Hand Osteoarthritis: A Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial. Games Health J. 2016 Sep 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27623532.

Srikesavan CS, Shay B, Szturm T. Test-retest reliability and convergent validity of a computer based hand function test protocol in people with arthritis. Open Orthop J. 2015 Feb 27;9:57-67. doi: 10.2174/1874325001509010057. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25861406; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4384228.

Berzuk Kelli & Shay Barbara. Effect of increasing awareness of pelvic floor muscle function on pelvic floor dysfunction: a randomized controlled trial. Int Urogynecol J (2015) 26:837–844: doi 10.1007/s00192-014-2599-z.

Dobbin, K., J. Taylor-Brown, M. Pitz, and B. Shay. "Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: A Mixed Method Enquiry of Physical Recovery and Lived Experiences." European Journal Of Cancer Care 23 (2014): 10. Web

Manyanga T, Froese M, Zarychanski R, Abou-Setta A, Friesen C, Tennenhouse M, Shay BL. Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Aug 23;14:312. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-312. PMID: 25151529.

Srikesavan CS, Shay B, Robinson DB, Szturn T. Task-oriented training with computer gaming in people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis of the hand: study protocol of a randomized controlled pilot trial. Trials. 2013 Mar 9; 14:69. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-69. PubMed PMID: 23497529; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3599819.

Szturm T, Maharjan P, Marotta JJ, Shay B, Shrestha S, Sakhalkar V. The interacting effect of cognitive and motor task demands on performance of gait, balance, and cognition in young adults. Gait Posture. 2013 Mar 8. doi: pii: S0966-6362(13)00099-4. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.02.004. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23477841.

Paulson KL, Shay BL. Sympathetic nervous system response to acupuncture and non-penetrating sham acupuncture in experimental forearm pain: a single-blind randomised descriptive study. Acupunct Med. 2013 Feb 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23376998.

Goes,S.M., Leite,N., Shay,B.L., Homann,D., Stefanello,J.M., and Rodacki, A.L., Functional capacity, muscle strength and falls in women with fibromyalgia, Clin.Biomech.(Bristol., Avon.). Epub 2012 Jan 7.

Lockery D, Peters JF, Ramanna S, Shay BL, Szturm T, Store-and-feedforward adaptive gaming system for hand-finger motion tracking in telerehabilitation. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2011 May;15(3):467-73.

Hammond ER, Szturm T, Shay BL, Manipulation of Objects With and Without the Use Of the Index Finger: Implications for Digital Amputations. The Journal of Hand Therapy. 2010 Oct-Dec; 23(4):352-59; quiz 360. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

Watson JD, Shay BL., Treatment of Chronic Low-back pain: A 1-year or Greater Follow-up. The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, 2010 Sept;16(9):951-8.

Hammond E, Shay BL, Szturm T. Objective Evaluation of Fine Motor Manipulation skills: A New Clinical Tool: Reliability and Criterion validity. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2009; 22(1): 28-36.

Tel: 204.977.5636
Fax: 204.789.3927