Ryan B. Graham
Ryan B. Graham
Associate Professor

2012 Ph.D. Biomechanics & Ergonomics Queen’s University
2008 M.Sc Biomechanics & Ergonomics Queen’s University
2005 B.P.H.E Physical and Health Education Queen’s University
2005 B.Sc. Biology Queen’s University

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Ryan B. Graham is an associate professor and University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa who is cross-appointed to the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME). He also holds adjunct assistant professorships at both Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo. In 2012, he completed his doctorate at Queen’s under the supervision of Dr. Joan Stevenson with his thesis entitled “Assessing dynamic spine stability using maximum finite-time Lyapunov exponents.” Professor Graham has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 100 refereed conference proceedings, and his research has garnered him a number of awards, including: the David Winter Promising Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (2018); the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2018); and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2019).

Professor Graham is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Machine learning
  • Human performance
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Ergonomics
  • Wearable technology
  • Musculoskeletal modelling
  • Neuromuscular control
  • Dynamical systems
  • Movement assessment


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research



  • Graham, R.B., Mavor, M.P., McGuinness, C.M.S., Karakolis, T., Bossi, L.L.M. (2020). A novel framework for assessing the tradespace between soldier physical performance, survivability, and health (Symposium on “Understanding the protection-performance-vulnerability tradespace to enhance overall soldier survivability and effectiveness”). 5th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, February 11-14, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • Graham, R.B. (2019). Intelligence, performance, et sécurité: l’interface intelligence artificielle et biomécanique. University of Ottawa “On the Road” Alumni Event, April 24, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 
  • Graham, R.B. (2018). Combining biomechanics and artificial intelligence to assess and score spine movement quality and neuromuscular control. David Winter Promising Young Investigator Award Presentation. 20th Biennial Meeting of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, August 14-17, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Graham, R.B. (2018). New ways to probe spine control and stability (Low back pain symposium with Drs. Paul Hodges, Deborah Falla, Hugo Massé-Alarie, Wolbert van den Hoorn). XXII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, June 30-July 2, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Graham, R.B. (2017). Towards a better understanding of how and when musculoskeletal injuries occur – aiming for more effective preventative strategies – novel movement analysis methods and the implications on injury reduction (Research Theme Working Group Lead with LCol Markus Besemann and Dr. Thomas Karakolis). Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum 2017, September 25-27, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Graham, R.B. (2016). Low back pain and the control of lumbar movement (Spinal control keynote panel with Drs. Jacek Cholewicki, Jaap van Dieën, Alan Breen). 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain, October 31-November 3, Singapore, Singapore.