• Barbara Shay.
  • Associate professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Room 128 - 771 McDermot Ave.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

    Phone: 204-977-5636
    Fax: 204 789-3927

Research summary

Dr. Barbara Shay's current research interests revolve around pain assessment and treatment. She is a researcher at the Spinal Cord Research Centre, University of Manitoba, and her current research interests include 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. Since 2004, Dr. Shay has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on over $1.6M in funded research projects.


  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Pain assessment
  • Spinal cord research
  • Neurophysiology
  • Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Barbara Shay is an associate professor at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She is a practicing physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience and has taken numerous post-graduate education courses, including acupuncture, manual therapy, mobilization of the nervous system and exercise. Dr. Shay has been involved in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba since 1991 and has been an invited speaker at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.


  • Master's Degree in Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba (1993)

    • Thesis: "Assessment of Upper Limb Strength and Exercise Performance in Quadriplegics"
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neurophysiology, University of Manitoba (2003)

    • Thesis: "Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptors and Mechanisms of Long-Term Modulation of Spinal Reflex Strength"


Susan A Macdonald Award, Manitoba Physiotherapy Association (2014)

Ann Collins Whitmore Award $5000, Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (2000)

Ann Collins Whitmore Award $3000, Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (1999)

Studentship $10,000.00, Canadian Lung Association (1990)

Dr. L Truelove Award Recipient, University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation (1983)

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College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada