Paul StapleyAssociate Professor Paul Stapley

Phone: +61 2 4239 2514
Office: B41.336
  • Associate Professor
  • Discipline Leader, Medical and Exercise Science
Teaching and Coordinating:
  • HDR Coordinator
Education, Training and Previous Positions:
  • 2010-2011: Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (DKPE), McGill University, Montréal, CANADA
  • 2011-present: Associate Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering, McGill University
  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor, DKPE, McGill University
  • 2006-2008: Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) Chercheur-boursier, Junior 1
  • 2004: Research Fellow, Centre de recherche en sciences neurologiques (CRSN), Département de Physiologie, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • 2003-2004: Research Fellow (European Union, Marie Curie Research Fellow) at the Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Pavia, Italy
  • 2001-2003: JP Cordeau Post-doctoral fellow at the CRSN, Département de physiologie, Université de Montréal, Canada (Supervisor: Dr Trevor Drew)
  • 1999-2001: Post-doctoral fellow at the Neurological Sciences Institute of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA (Supervisor: Dr Jane Macpherson)
  • 1998-1999: Temporary researcher and lecturer (‘Attaché temporaire à l’enseignement et à la recherche’, ATER) at UFR STAPS (Sports science faculty) of the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  • 1999: Doctorat d’État (PhD) in Movement Science from the Faculté des Sciences du Sport (UFR STAPS), Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  • 1994: Master of Science (MSc, European) in Movement Science obtained 4th March 1994 from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK.
  • 1992: Bachelor of Arts (BA), with honours in Human Movement Studies obtained July, 1992 at the Carnegie School of Physical Education and Human Movement Studies, Leeds Polytechnic, UK
Research Interests:

Associate Professor Paul Stapley's research focuses on how humans coordinate acts of reaching, touching or grasping objects while standing. Everyday tasks such as these are taken for granted by able-bodied persons, but are often the source of destabilisation, falls or injury among the elderly or disabled. The work carried out in A/Prof. Stapley's lab aims to determine the fundamental strategies used to coordinate balance and voluntary movement in humans. It seeks to apply this knowledge to better understand the deficits in posture and movement coordination shown by persons with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy or those who have suffered a stroke, or vestibular lesions. The methods adopted in A/Prof. Stapley's lab include the use of electromyography, kinematics, kinetics and electro-oculography. A custom-built array of target lights enables the study of posture and arm movement coordination. These measurement techniques are used in conjunction with transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques for investigating central nervous contributions to posture and movement coordination. A/Prof. Stapley is also interested in how posture and voluntary movement are learned and adapted with experience, as a basis for establishing principles for rehabilitation following central nervous disorders.


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Last reviewed: 17 November, 2016