Allison Clouthier
Allison Clouthier
Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa
2018 - PhD. Mechanical and Materials Engineering, specialization in biomedical engineering from Queen’s University
2011 - MSc. Mechanical and Materials Engineering from Queen’s University
2009 - BSc. Science in Engineering (mathematics & engineering, applied mechanics option) from Queen’s University

LEE 520G
613-562-5800 ext. 4258


Allison Clouthier received a PhD in mechanical and materials engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering from Queen’s University in 2018. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa in the School of Human Kinetics, before joining the school as an assistant professor.

Dr. Clouthier’s research is focused on understanding how patient-specific factors contribute to the risk of musculoskeletal pathology and the success of treatment. She is interested in measuring and simulating knee joint biomechanics, to investigate how characteristics such as joint geometry can affect function and contribute to pathology such as patellofemoral pain or instability. Her work combines techniques such as musculoskeletal simulation and artificial intelligence with various motion capture technologies to study individualized joint biomechanics.  

Professor Clouthier is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Patellofemoral function and dysfunction
  • Joint geometry and statistical shape modelling
  • Musculoskeletal simulation
  • Artificial intelligence


  • Clouthier AL, Borschneck D, Smith CR, Vignos MF, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ, Rainbow MJ. Influence of articular geometry and tibial tubercle location on patellofemoral kinematics and contact mechanics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2022.
  • Akhavanfar M, Uchida TK, Clouthier AL, Graham RB. Sharing the load: modeling loads in OpenSim to simulate two-handed lifting. Multibody System Dynamics. 2022.
  • Chan VCH, Ross GB, Clouthier AL, Fischer SL, Graham RB. The role of machine learning in the primary prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: a scoping review. Applied Ergonomics. 2022; 98: 103574.
  • Clouthier AL, Ross GB, Mavor MP, Coll I, Boyle A, Graham RB. Development and validation of a deep learning algorithm and open-source platform for the automatic labelling of motion capture markers. IEEE Access. 2021; 9: 36444-36454.
  • Wheatley MGA, Clouthier AL, Thelen DG, Rainbow MJ. Patella apex influences patellar ligament forces and ratio. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2021; 143(8): 081014.
  • Clouthier AL, Ross GB, Graham RB. Sensor data required for automatic recognition of athletic tasks using deep neural networks. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology - Machine Learning Approaches to Human Movement Issue. 2020; 7: 473.
  • Wheatley MGA, Rainbow MJ, Clouthier AL. Patellofemoral mechanics: a review of pathomechanics and research approaches. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2020; 13(3): 326-337.
  • Lee ECS, Roach NT, Clouthier AL, Bicknell RT, Bey MJ, Young NM, Rainbow MJ. Three-dimensional scapular morphology is associated with rotator cuff tears and alters the abduction moment arm of the supraspinatus. Clinical Biomechanics. 2020; 78: 105091.
  • Mavor MP, Ross GB, Clouthier AL, Karakolis T, Graham RB. Validation of an IMU suit for military-based tasks. Sensors. 2020; 20(15): 4280.
  • Clouthier AL, Borschneck D, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ, Rainbow MJ. Relationship between lateral patellar stability and tibial tubercle location for varying patellofemoral geometries. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2019; 141(12): 121007.
  • Brandon SCE, Brown MJ, Clouthier AL, Campbell A, Richards JD, Deluzio KJ. Contributions of muscles and external forces to medial knee load reduction due to osteoarthritis braces. The Knee. 2019; 26(3): 564-577.
  • Clouthier AL, Smith CR, Vignos MF, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ, Rainbow MJ. The effect of articular geometry features identified using statistical shape modelling on knee biomechanics. Medical Engineering & Physics. 2019; 66: 47-55.
  • Saliba CM, Clouthier AL, Brandon SCE, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Prediction of knee joint contact forces from external measures using principal component prediction and reconstruction. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2018; 34(5): 419-423.
  • Clouthier AL, Hassan EA, Brandon SCE, Campbell A, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Identification of good candidates for valgus bracing as a treatment for medial knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2018; 36(1): 351-356.
  • Clouthier AL, Bohm ER, Rudan JF, Shay BL, Rainbow MJ, Deluzio KJ. Correcting waveform bias using principal component analysis: Applications in multicentre motion analysis studies. Gait & Posture. 2017; 51: 153-158.
  • Clouthier AL, Hosseini HS, Maquer G, Zysset PK. Finite element analysis predicts experimental failure patterns in vertebral bodies loaded via intervertebral discs up to large deformations. Medical Engineering & Physics. 2015; 27(6): 599-604.
  • Hosseini HS, Clouthier AL, Zysset PK. Experimental validation of finite element analysis of human vertebral collapse under large compressive strains. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2014; 136(4):041006.
  • Clouthier AL, Hetzler MA, Fedorak G, Bryant JT, Deluzio KJ, Bicknell RT. Factors affecting the stability of reverse shoulder arthroplasty: a biomechanical study. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2013; 22(4): 439-444.