• 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 affiliations

  • Riverview Health Centre
  • Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba
  • Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Engineering, University of Manitoba

Research groups

Research summary

Dr. Ed Giesbrecht’s research has a strong focus on wheeled mobility to enable occupation, particularly in terms of effective use and skills training. This has included 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.

Current research interests:

  • Use of assistive technologies and participation
  • Wheeled mobility and participation
  • Effectiveness of wheelchair skills training
  • Telehealth/eHealth/mHealth
  • Education of allied health professional students, particularly related to mobility and postural support
  • 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. Previously, he worked clinically in a rehabilitation setting, including specialization in a wheelchair seating clinic and coordinating an assistive technology clinic.

Dr. Giesbrecht 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


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

2017 - Emerging Leader Award, Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America

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

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

Contact us

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