Matthieu Boisgontier
Matthieu Boisgontier
Associate Professor

2012 - Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Gerontology – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
2009 - Certificate of Advanced Study in Physiotherapy - MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, (USA)
2007 - Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSc – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
2006 - Master of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy (MHSc) – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
2005 - Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy (BHSc) – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
2003 - Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
2002 - Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSc) – Université Grenoble Alpes (France)


Dr. Matthieu Boisgontier received his degrees from Université Grenoble Alpes (France). After working as a part-time physiotherapist for 5 years and graduating a Ph.D. in 2012, Dr. Boisgontier pursued his career as a postdoctoral fellow in Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.

Professor Boisgontier is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Aging

  • Health

  • Motor Control

  • Neuroscience
  • Physical activity 
  • Postural Control

  • Rehabilitation


  • Cheval B, Boisgontier MP. The theory of effort minimization in physical activity. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 2021, 49(3):168–178.
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, Schmidt J. Daily life physical activity and concussion symptoms in adolescents. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020, 87:364–371.
  • Boisgontier MP, Orsholits D, von Arx M, Sieber S, Miller MW, Courvoisier DS, Iversen MD, Cullati S, Cheval B. Adverse childhood experiences, depressive symptoms, functional dependence, and physical activity: a moderated mediation model. Journal of Physical Activity & Health 2020, 17:790–799.
  • Cheval B, Orsholits D, Sieber S, Courvoisier DS, Cullati S, Boisgontier MP. Relationship between decline in cognitive resources and physical activity. Health Psychology 2020, 39:519–528.
  • Boisgontier MP, Iversen MD. Physical inactivity: a behavioral disorder in the physical therapist’s scope of practice. Physical Therapy 2020, 100:743–746.
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, van Ruitenbeek P, Cuypers K, Leunissen I, Sunaert S, Meesen R, Zivari Adab H, Renaud O, Swinnen SP. Cerebellar grey matter explains bimanual coordination performance in children and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging 2018, 65:109–120.
  • Cheval B, Sieber S, Guessous I, Orsholits D, Courvoisier DS, Kliegel M, Stringhini S, Swinnen SP, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S, Boisgontier MP. Effect of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances on physical inactivity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2018, 50:476–485.
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, Chalavi S, van Ruitenbeek P, Leunissen I, Levin O, Nieuwboer A, Swinnen SP. Individual differences in brainstem and basal ganglia structure predict postural control and loss of balance in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging 2017, 50:47–59.
  • Maes C, Gooijers J, Orban de Xivry JJ, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP. Two hands, one brain, and aging. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2017, 75:234–256.
  • Boisgontier MP, Cheval B. The anova to mixed model transition. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, 68:1004–1005.
  • Boisgontier MP. Motor aging results from cerebellar neuron death. Trends in Neurosciences 2015, 38:127–128.
  • Moineau B, Boisgontier MP. Superimposed electrical stimulation improves mobility of pre-stiff thumbs after ulnar collateral ligament injury of the metacarpophalangeal joint: a randomized study. Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 2014, 57:373–380.
  • Boisgontier MP, Beets IAM, Duysens J, Nieuwboer A, Krampe RT, Swinnen SP. Age-related differences in attentional cost associated with postural dual tasks: Increased recruitment of generic cognitive resources in older adults. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2013, 37:1824–1837.
  • Boisgontier MP, Nougier V. Ageing of internal models: from a continuous to an intermittent proprioceptive control of movement. Age 2013, 35:1339–1355.
  • Boisgontier MP, Olivier I, Chenu O, Nougier V. Presbypropria: the effects of physiological ageing on proprioceptive control. Age 2012, 34:1179–1194.
  • Boisgontier M, Vuillerme N, Iversen MD. Superimposed electrical stimulation decreases maximal grip force. Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2010, 50:152-158.
  • Boisgontier M, Vuillerme N, Thomas D, Pinsault N, Emprin M, Caillat-Miousse JL. Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on the range of motion recovery in hand proximal interphalangeal sprain. Science & Sports 2009, 24:192–195.