• 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 affiliations

Spinal Cord Research Centre, University of Manitoba

Research summary

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


Dr. Barbara Shay is an associate professor in the department of physical therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 25 years.

She 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, in one capacity or another since 1991. She was the department head from 2013-2019 and now continues as an associate professor in the physical therapy department.

She has been an invited speaker at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association for the International Society for Electrophysical Agents and taught several refresher courses in EPAs. Since 2004, Dr. Shay has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on over $1.6M in funded research projects. Her current research interests revolve around pain assessment and treatment.


  • Master’s degree, Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba (1993); "Assessment of Upper Limb Strength and Exercise Performance in Quadriplegics"
  • PhD, Neurophysiology, University of Manitoba (2003); "Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptors and Mechanisms of Long-Term Modulation of Spinal Reflex Strength"


2014 - Susan A Macdonald Award, Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

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

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

1990 - Studentship $10,000.00, Canadian Lung Association

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

Contact us

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