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Dr. Elizabeth Harrison MSc, PhD, Dip.PT, BPT, Dip.Sports PT Professor Emeritus, School of Rehabilitation Science

Research Area(s)

  • Musculo-skeletal outcome measures and evidence-based practice through clinical studies
  • Physical therapy management of sports injuries
  • Exercise, biomechanics
  • Maintaining and improving health status of older adults, bone health
  • Knowledge Synthesis, Systematic Reviews
  • Health system transformation


Past Associate Dean Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (2003 - 2018)



Diploma Sports Physical Therapy (Sports Physiotherapy Canada)

Licensed Physical Therapist (Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists) 1976 to present

2007 Enid Graham Memorial Lecturer (Canadian Physiotherapy Association)

2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Medal

Clinical Interests

  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Musculo-skeletal Physical Therapy;
  • Interprofessional collaborative practice
  • Clinical Kinesiology, Rehabilitation and Physical Activity Older Adults

Selected Publications

  • Lovo-Grona S, Bath B, Busch A, Rotter T, Trask C, Harrison E. Use of videoconferencing technologies for physical therapy in people with musculoskeletal conditions: A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2017 Apr 12. Epub 2017 Apr 12. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X177007
  • Harrison E, Turner N, McCulloch R. Chapter 6 The Role of Exercise in Seniors' Lives. In: Hadjistavropoulos T, Hadjistavropoulos H, editors. Pain Management for Older Adults: A self help guide. IASP Press; 2017
  • Fisher K, Harrison E, Reeder B, Sari N, Chad K. Is Self-Reported Physical Activity Participation Associated with Lower Health Services Utilization among Older Adults? Cross-Sectional Evidence from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Journal of Aging Research. Epub Volume 2015.
  • Harrison E, Fisher K, Chad K, Reeder B, Ashworth N, Shepherd S, Bruner B. FUNCTION, HEALTH STATUS, AND HEALTH SERVICES COSTS IN OLDER ADULTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS PARTICIPATING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMMING: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY” Conference Proceedings:  World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress; May 2015.
  • Sachdeva R, Busch A, Harrison E, Bidonde J, Kim S. Architectural parameters of supraspinatus: a systematic review of cadaveric studies. Physical Therapy Review.  May 2015
  • Adegboyega KL, Rotter T, Kinsman L, Sari N, Harrison E, Jeffery C. Lean management in health care: definition, concepts, methodology and effects reported (systematic review protocol). Systematic Reviews. Vol 3(103) Epub 2014.
  • Rotter T, Kinsman L, Stevenson K, Bath B, Goodridge D, Harrison E, Dobson R, Sari N, Jeffery C, Bourassa C, Westhorp G. The largest Lean transformation in the world”: the implementation and evaluation of Lean in Saskatchewan health care”. Health Care Quarterly. Vol 17, No 2, 2014.
  • 2012  Mickelson, G., Suter, E., Deutschlander, S., Bainbridge, L., Harrison L., Grymonpre R., Hepp, S.  Interprofessional Collaboration as a Health Human Resource Strategy: Moving Forward with a Western Provincial Research Agenda.  Healthcare Quarterly, Vol 15. No 4
  • 2012  Suter, E., Deutschlander, S., Mickelson, G., Nurani, Z., Lait J., Harrison, E., Jarvis-Selinger, S., Bainbridge, L., Achilles, S., Ateah, C., Ho, K., Grymonpre, R. Can interprofessional collaboration provide health human resources solutions? A knowledge synthesis. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2012 Mar 5
  • 2011  Harrison, L., Bainbridge L., Deutschalnder, S., Boden, C., Suter, E., Achilles, S., Ateah, C., Grymonpre, R., Nurani, Z.  Interprofessional Collaboration: A Strategy for High Quality Care Through Enhanced Health Human Resources.  World Physical Therapy Congress, Amsterdam June 2011
  • 2010  Zahra Nurani, Liz Harrison, Jana Lait, Graice Michelson, Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Esther Suter. The Western Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice.  KT Casebook - Bridging the Gap, Knowledge Translation in Alberta, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Vol 1, 2010
  • 2008  (April)  Arnold, C., Sran, M., Harrison, E. Exercise for Fall Risk Reduction in Community Dwelling Older Adults:  A systematic review.  Physiotherapy Canada.
  • 2008  Harrison, E. Balancing the Needs of the Population, Profession and Self:  Aligning with the Environment.  Enid Graham Memorial Lecture.  Physiotherapy Canada, Vol. 60, No. 1, 51-60.
  • 2008 (Jan) Reeder, B.A., Chad, K.E., Harrison, E.L., Ashworth, N.L., Sheppard, M.S., Fisher, K.L., Bruner, B.G., Quinn, B., Grover, V.  Saskatoon in Motion:  Class – vs. Home-based Physical Activity Promotion in Older Adults with Chronic Disease.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 5, No. 1, 74-87.
  • 2008 (Jan)  Arnold, C.A., Busch, A.J., Schachter, C.L., Harrison, E.L., Olszynski, W.P.  Randomized Clinical Trial of Aquatic vs Land Exercise to Reduce Fall Risk in Older Women with Osteoporosis.  Physiotherapy Canada. 
  • 2007 (Jan)  Hadjistavropoulos, T., Herr, K., Turk, D.C., Fine, P.G., Dworkin, R.H., Helme, R., Jackson, K., Parmelee, P.A., Rudy, T.E., Lynne Beattie, B., Chibnall, J.T., Craig, K.D., Ferrell, B., Fillingim, R.B., Gagliese, L., Gallagher, R., Gibson, S.J., Harrison, E.L., Katz, B., Keefe, F.J., Lieber, S.J., Lussier, D., Schmader, K.E., Tait, R.C., Weiner, D.K., Williams, J.  An interdisciplinary expert consensus statement on assessment of pain in older persons.  Clinical Journal of Pain, 23; Suppl. 1:S1-S43. 
  • 2007  Harrison E.L., Achilles, S., Ferguson, L. Patient Centred Interprofessional Team Experiences (P-CITE):  The Saskatchewan Experience.  Collaborating Across Borders, Minneapolis. Oct 2007.  
  • 2007 (May)  Nazmi Sari, Recep Gezer, Elizabeth L. Harrison, Karen Chad, Nigel Ashworth, Anne Paus Jenssen, Bruce Reeder, Suzanne Sheppard, and Koren L. Fisher. Economic Contributions of Physical Activity Programs to the Publicly Funded Healthcare System iHEA 2007 6th World Congress: Explorations in Health Economics Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=994782