Nicole Paquet
Nicole Paquet
Full Professor

1997 Postdoctoral Training, Vestibular Physiology, McGill University
1995 Ph. D. Rehabilitation Sciences McGill University
1989 M.Sc. Neurobiology Laval University
1986 B.Sc. Health Sciences Laval University

LEE 416H
613-562-5800 ext. 8039


Nicole Paquet is a full professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. She received a bachelor’s in physiotherapy and a master’s in neurobiology from Université Laval. After receiving a PhD in rehabilitation sciences from McGill University, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in vestibular physiology at McGill, studying the ability to perceive linear displacements while walking without vision. She began her career working in academia at McGill in 1997, before joining the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and the physiotherapy program at uOttawa in 2003. Her career path has allowed her to develop her expertise in teaching vestibular rehabilitation to physiotherapy students and professionals.

Professor Paquet conducts her research at the University of Ottawa in the Lees campus psychomotricity lab, focusing mainly on spatial orientation and navigation in humans. She is also a collaborator on projects studying postural control and balance, as well as rehabilitation procedures.

Research interests

  • Spatial orientation and navigation
  • Postural control and balance


  • Paquet N., Polskaia N., Michaud L., Lajoie Y. (2021) Effect of dual task on step variability during stepping in place without vision. Journal of Motor Behavior. Online ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/00222895.2021.1965526
  • Grostern J.*, Lajoie Y., Paquet N. (2021) The Fukuda stepping test is influenced by a concurrent cognitive task and step height in healthy young adults: A descriptive study. Physiotherapy Canada, 73, 322-328. DOI:10.3138/ptc-2020-0013
  • Léonard G., Paquet N., Guitard P., Toupin-April K., et al. (2021) Knitting as a self-management strategy to reduce osteoarthritis symptoms in elderly women: results from a community-based pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapy, 27, 410-419. DOI:10.1016/j.jbmt.2021.04.001
  • Richer N., Bisson E.J., Bilodeau M., Paquet N., Lajoie Y. (2020) Effect of bilateral and unilateral fatigue of the plantarflexor muscles on blind navigation precision and gait parameters. Journal of Motor Behavior, 52, 41-49. DOI:10.1080/00222895.2019.1576157
  • Jehu D.A.*, Saunders D., Richer N., Paquet N., Lajoie Y. (2019) The influence of carrying an anterior load on attention demand and obstacle clearance before, during, and after obstacle crossing. Experimental Brain Research, 237, 3313-3319. DOI:10.1007/s00221-019-05673-1
  • Jehu D.A.*, Paquet N., Lajoie Y. (2018) Balance and mobility training with or without simultaneous cognitive training reduces attention demand but does not improve obstacle clearance in older adults. Motor Control, 22, 275-294. DOI:10.1123/mc.2017-0024
  • Jehu D.A.*, Lajoie Y., Paquet N. (2018) Improvements in obstacle clearance parameters and reaction time over a series of obstacles revealed after five repeated testing sessions in older adults. Motor Control, 22, 245-262. DOI:10.1123/mc.2017-0040
  • Piekarski S.*, Lajoie Y, Paquet N. (2018) Effect of transient perturbations of short term memory on target-directed blind locomotion. Journal of Motor Behavior, 50, 2-7. DOI:10.1080/00222895.2016.1271301
  • Guitard P., Brosseau L., Wells G.A., Paquet N., et al. (2018) The knitting community-based trial for older women with osteoarthritis of the hands: Design and rationale of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Feb 14;19(1):56. DOI:10.1186/s12891-018-1965-2
  • Paquet N., Jehu D.A.*, Lajoie Y. (2017) Age-related differences in Fukuda Stepping and Babinski-Weil tests, within-day variability and test-retest reliability. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 29, 223-230. DOI:10.1007/s40520-016-0544-3
  • Miller P., Paquet N., Huijbregts M. (2019) Évaluation Chedoke-McMaster de l’AVC / Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment. Disponible au