Linda McLean
Linda McLean
Full Professor

1998 Ph.D. Interdisciplinary studies (Engineering, Neuromuscular Physiology, Statistical Methods and Ergonomics) University of New Brunswick
1995 M.Sc. Electrical Engineering University of New Brunswick
1990 B.Sc. Physiotherapy McGill University

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Linda McLean received her BSc in Physiotherapy from McGill University in 1990. In 1995, she received her MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and in 1998 she received her doctorate from the same institution. She began her academic career as Assistant Professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. In 2002 she moved to the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, where, in 2006, she became chair of the Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Science, and where she became full professor in 2012. In 2014 Dr. McLean joined the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa as full professor and continues to hold an adjunct professor appointment at Queen’s University. She is currently operating her research in both Kingston and Ottawa. Dr. McLean’s research program focusses on the study of biomechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for urinary incotninence, pelvic pain and functional deficits associated with pregnancy and delivery as well as the identification of factors associated with successful rehabilitation outcomes. Over the years, Dr. McLean has developed expertise in the application of electromyography (both clinical and kinesiological), musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, and other methods to evaluate neuromuscular system.functioning. At the University of Ottawa, Dr. McLean is a member of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and holds a cross-appointment in the School of Human Kinetics.

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Research interests

  • Women’s Health (urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, motor dysfunction associated with pregnancy and delivery)
  • Measurement of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function (neurophysiology and biomechanics)
  • Predictive models of successful rehabilitation outcomes


  • Antônio, F.I., Rodrigues, M.P., Brooks, K., Varette, K., McLean, L. What improvements in levator ani motor function lead to improvement in stress urinary incontinence signs and symptoms in females? Int Urogynecol J (2021). link
  • Brooks, K., Varette, K., Harvey, M.A., Robert, M., Baker, K., Day, A., Della Zazzera, V., Sauerbrei, E., Brison, R., McLean, L. (2021). A model identifying characteristics predictive of successful pelvic floor muscle training outcomes among women with stress urinary incontinence. International Urogynaecology Journal. 32(3): 719-728.
  • Hassani, KF, Reeves, J, Rahman, S., Hickling, D., McLean, L. (2021). The pathophysiology of stressurinary incontinence: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Urogynaecology Journal. 32(3):501-552.
  • McLean, L., Hickling, D. (2021) Reply to Letter to the Editor by Dr. Petros about “The pathophysiology of stress urinary incontinence: a systematic review and meta-analysis”. Int Urogynecol J 32, 2883–2884.
  • Padoa, A., McLean, L., Morin, M., VanDyken, C. (2021). The Overactive Pelvic Floor and Sexual Dysfunction Part 1: Pathophysiology and the impact on sexual responses in men and women. Sexual Medicine Reviews (Invited). 9(1): 64-75.
  • Padoa, A., McLean, L., Morin, M., Vandyken, C. (2021). The Overactive Pelvic Floor (OPF) and Sexual Dysfunction Part 2: Evaluation and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction in OPF Patients. Sexual Medicine Reviews (Invited). 9(1): 76-92.
  • Bernard S., Frenette A.-G., McLean L., Noel P., Froment M.-A., Hebert L.J., Moffet H. (2021). Reliability of ultrasound imaging of pelvic floor morphology and function among females who have undergone pelvic radiotherapy. Neurourology and Urodynamics. NA(NA): NA.
  • Czynryj, CS, Berube, ME, Lanteigne, E, Brennan, A, Bader, Y, Lomovtsev, D, Vandermolen, M, Bucher, S, Mitri, L, McLean, L. (2021). Design and validation of an automated dual-arm instrumented intravaginal dynamometer. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 40(2): 604-615.
  • McLean, L, Charette, M, Varette, K. Brooks, K, Harvey, M, Robert, M, Baker, K, Day, A, Della Zazzera, V, Sauerbrei, E, Brison, R. (2021). Pelvic floor muscle training as an adjunct to mid-urethral sling: a single blind randomised controlled trial. International Urogynaecology Journal.