Dr. Trisha Scribbans’ research focuses on understanding the neuromuscular mechanisms that control of force production and movement of the upper extremity, with a particular emphasis on the role of scapular position and movement in shoulder and scapulothoracic mechanics/pathomechanics. She is also interested in identifying novel treatment/prevention strategies to reduce the incidence and duration chronic shoulder pathologies, individual responses to rehabilitative exercise strategies, and the development of anatomical and educational models for the improvement of manual skill acquisition in novice health care providers.

Research areas

  • Anatomical and physiological factors underlying motor variability/performance
  • Skeletal muscle and neurological adaptations to exercise training
  • Upper limb kinematics
  • Population differences in performance (sex, age, musculoskeletal disorders)
  • Validity and reliability of clinical tests/tools
  • Individual responses to exercise bouts and training
  • Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders


  • PhD (Kinesiology and Health Studies, Exercise Physiology) Queen’s University (2016)
  • MSc (Anatomical Sciences) Queen’s University (2012)
  • BAHSc (Athletic Therapy) Sheridan College (2009)
  • Diploma in Advanced Massage Therapy, Kiné-Concept Institute Maritimes (2004)



  • Therapeutic Modalities (KIN 3400)
  • Therapeutic Exercise Rehabilitation (KIN 4400)
  • Advanced Human Anatomy (KIN 3320)


Scribbans TD, Edgett BA, Bonafiglia JT, Boonstra K, Quadrilatero J, and Gurd BJ. (2017).  A systematic upregulation of nuclear and mitochondrial genes is not present in the initial post-exercise recovery period in human skeletal muscle. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 999: 1-8.

Carson IN, Batson MJ, Tranmer JE, Scribbans TD, Gurd BJ and Pyke KE. (2017). Cardiovascular and cortisol reactivity to acute mental stress in female shift and non-shift workers: a pilot study. SAGE Open Nursing 3, 2377960817709181.

Bonafiglia JT, Edgett BA, Scribbans TD, Little JP, and Gurd BJ. (2017). Examining the Impact of Different Exercise Protocols on PGC-1α and FNDC5 mRNA Expression in Human Skeletal Muscle.The FASEB Journal 31 (1 Supplement), lb736-lb736

Scribbans TD, Vecsey S, Hankinson PB, Foster WS, and Gurd BJ. (2016). The effect of training intensity on VO2max in young healthy adults: A meta-regression and meta-analysis. International Journal of Exercise Science 9(2):230-247.

Edgett BA, Scribbans TD, Raleigh JP, Matusiak JB, Boonstra K, Simpson CA, Perry CG, Quadrilatero J, Gurd BJ. (2016). The impact of a 48-hour fast on SIRT1 and GCN5 in human skeletal muscle. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. May 5(ja).

Raleigh JP, Giles MD, Scribbans TD, Edgett BA, Sawula LJ, Bonafiglia JT, Graham RB, Gurd BJ. The impact of work-matched interval training on VO2peak and VO2 kinetics: diminishing returns with increasing intensity. (2016) Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Feb 29(ja).

Gurd BJ, Giles MD, Bonafiglia JT, Raleigh JP, Boyd JC, Ma JK, Zelt JG, Scribbans TD. (2015) Incidence of nonresponse and individual patterns of response following sprint interval training. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Nov 3;41(3):229-34.

Walsh JJ, Scribbans TD, Bentley RF, Kellawan JM, Gurd B, Tschakovsky ME. (2015) Neurotrophic growth factor responses to lower body resistance training in older adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Nov 18;41(3):315-23.

Joanisse S, McKay BR, Nederveen JP, Scribbans TD, Gurd BJ, Gillen JB, et al. (2015) Satellite cell activity, without expansion, following non-hypertrophic stimuli in humans. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol: ajpregu-00249.

Scribbans TD, Ma JK, Edgett BA, Vorobej KA, Mitchell AS, Zelt JG, et al. (2014). Resveratrol supplementation does not augment performance adaptations or fibre-type specific responses to high-intensity interval training in humans. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 39(11), 1305-1313.

Scribbans TD, Edgett BA, Vorobej K, Mitchell AS, Joanisse SD, Matusiak JBL, et al. (2014). Fibre-Specific Responses to Endurance and Low Volume High Intensity Interval Training: Striking Similarities in Acute and Chronic Adaptation. PLoS ONE 5;9(6):e98119.

Scribbans TD, Berg K, Narazaki K, Janssen I, Gurd BJ. (2014). Heart rate during basketball game play and volleyball drills accurately predicts oxygen uptake and energy expenditure. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 

Williams CB, Hughes MC, Edgett BA, Scribbans TD, Simpson CA, Perry CGR, et al. (2014). An Examination of Resveratrol's Mechanisms of Action in Human Tissue: Impact of a Single Dose In Vivo and Dose Responses in Skeletal Muscle Ex Vivo. Moro C, editor. PLoS ONE 9(7):e102406.

Ma* JK, Scribbans* TD, Edgett BA, Colin Boyd J, Simpson CA, Little JP, et al. (2013). Extremely low-volume, high-intensity interval training improves exercise capacity and increases mitochondrial protein content in human skeletal muscle. OJMIP 03(04):202–10. *Authors contributed equally to this manuscript.

McRae G, Payne A, Zelt JGE, Scribbans TD, Jung ME, Little JP, et al. (2012). Extremely low volume, whole-body aerobic-resistance training improves aerobic fitness and muscular endurance in females. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab.