Jennifer O'Neil
Jennifer O'Neil
Assistant professor

2022: Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa
2021: Ph.D. Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa
2009: MHSc. Physiotherapy, University of Ottawa
2005: BSc. Movement Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Dr. O’Neil is a physiotherapist and assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, in the physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa. As a physiotherapist, her main interest is providing rehabilitation care for people living with neurological conditions and community-based rehabilitation. 

Her research program focuses on improving access to effective physiotherapy interventions. Using technology, her doctorate thesis targeted the implementation of intensive home-based telerehabilitation programs for people living with a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. She has done work in capacity building and telerehabilitation implementation across Canada, including implementing a telehealth fall prevention program for francophone communities living in minority situations. From a global health perspective, using person-centered and mixed-method approaches, Jennifer aims to improve health equity and access to rehabilitation services.

Professor O'Neil is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Global health, Health Equity and Access to rehabilitation services 
  • Clinical implementation and knowledge mobilization 
  • Innovation, Digital Health, Sensors, Wearables, Telehealth
  • Person-centered, mixed-method approach, Health systems 


  • O’Neil J, Pelletier L, Bilodeau M, Egan M, Marshall S, Sveistrup H. A physiotherapist’s perception of their own behavior compared to the perception of their behavior by persons with TBI within the context of telerehabilitation: A self-determination theory perspective. Physiother Theory Pract [Internet]. 2022 Feb 27;1–12. 
  • O'Neil J, Egan M, Marshall S, Bilodeau M, Pelletier L, Sveistrup H. Remotely Supervised Exercise Programs to Improve Balance, Mobility and Activity Among Survivors of Moderate to Severe TBI: Description and Feasibility. Physiotherapy Canada, published online June 3, 2022 
  • O'Neil J, Egan M, Marshall S, Bilodeau M, Pelletier L, and Sveistrup H. The Impact of Two Telerehabilitation Schedules for Physical activity, Mobility, and Balance Among Survivors of Moderate to Severe TBI: a mixed-method approach. Physiotherapy Canada, published online: June 20th, 2022 
  • O'Neil J, Barnes K, Morgan Donnelly E, Sheehy L, Sveistrup H. Identification and Description of Balance, Mobility, and Gait Assessments Conducted via Telerehabilitation for Individuals With Neurological Conditions: Protocol for a Scoping Review JMIR Res Protoc 2021;10(12):e27186 URL:
  • van Ierssel J, O’Neil J, Sveistrup H, Marshall S & Graham I (2020): A qualitative study of persons with persistent postconcussion symptoms and clinicians with concussion expertise to inform the development of a concussion-specific questionnaire. Disability and Rehabilitation, March 2020. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1743772
  • O'Neil J, McEwen D, Kang B, Dorion M, Brosseau L, Mizusaki Imoto A, Álvarez Gallardo I, Westby M. (2020). Intervention Reporting and Dissemination of Information for the Management of Hand Osteoarthritis.  J Hand Ther 18:S0894-1130(20)30051-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2020.03.020. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32565101.
  • O’Neil J, van Ierssel J, Sveistrup H. (2020). Remote supervision of rehabilitation interventions for survivors of moderate or severe traumatic brain injury: A scoping review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2020 Oct; 26 (9): 520-535. doi: 10.1177/1357633X19845466.Epub 2019 May 31.
  • O'Neil J, Egan M, Marshall S, Bilodeau M, Pelletier L, Sveistrup H. (2019). Remotely Supervised Home-Based Intensive Exercise Intervention to Improve Balance, Functional Mobility, and Physical Activity in Survivors of Moderate or Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc 8(10):e14867. DOI: 10.2196/14867, PMID: 31599733
  • O’Neil J., McEwen D., Del Bel M., Donjuk J, Brosseau L. (2018). Assessment of the content reporting for knee osteoarthritis exercise protocols among high-quality randomized control trials. Clinical Rehabilitation, March 13, 2018. Volume 32, issue 7, page 980-984.