• Portrait of Ed Giesbrecht.
  • Associate professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Room R214 - 771 McDermot Ave.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

    Phone: 204-977-5630
    Fax: 204-789-3927

Research summary

Dr. Ed Giesbrecht’s research focuses on wheeled mobility to enable occupation, particularly in terms of effective use and skills training. His research includes tailoring training for older adults, employing mobile devices for home training application (mHealth), peer training, gaming as a training intervention, and improving clinician skills to enhance their clinical practice with wheelchair provision and training. His research interests include assistive technologies and participation, wheeled mobility and participation, effectiveness of wheelchair skills training, telehealth/eHealth/mHealth, and education of allied health professional students, particularly related to mobility and postural support.

  • Research affiliations and groups


    Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

    Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Engineering, University of Manitoba

    Internal Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics

    International Society of Wheelchair Professionals

    Mobility Research Group (CoRS)

    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

    Riverview Health Centre 

  • Keywords

    Allied health education

    Assistive technologies



    Occupational therapy



    Wheelchair seating and provision

    Winter mobility


Dr. Ed Giesbrecht is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. He has previously worked clinically in a rehabilitation setting and specialized in a wheelchair seating clinic and coordinating an assistive technology clinic. He is responsible for development and delivery of wheelchair and seating-related content in the occupational and physical therapy professional programs at the University of Manitoba.


Bachelor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy), Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Manitoba

Master of Rehabilitation Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD), Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia


Occupational Therapy Graduating Class Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba (2018)

Emerging Leader Award, Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (2017)

Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2017)

Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Award – top 10th percentile of reviews for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2015)

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