Dr. Alice Aiken

PhD, MSc, BSc(PT), BScKin

Accepting MSc, PhD and PostDocs in the following areas of research:
  • Military health; health policy; models of collaborative care

Dr. Alice Aiken

Contact information:

Louise D. Acton Building, Room 233
Internal telephone extension: 36710 
External telephone: 613-533-6710
e-mail: alice.aiken@queensu.ca


Dr. Aiken's military experience, her clinical experience, and her policy research focusing on Veterans needs has allowed her to be a founding member and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (www.cimvhr.ca).  This is a network of more than 30 Canadian Universities working with National Defence and Veterans Affairs to link the academic community with the research needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families. Her personal research program is focused on health services and policy research in the area of Veterans health, with a specific focus in knowledge translation.


Dr. Aiken is the head of the Physical Therapy Program and Associate Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.  She teaches in the business and motor performance sections of the curriculum.

Select Journal Articles in Refereed Journal:

Coriolano, K., Aiken, A. Pukall, C., Harrison, M.. Changes in self-report disability after performance-based tests in obese and non-obese individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. Disability and Rehabilitation. In Press. August 2014.

McColl, M.A., Aiken, A.B., Birtwhistle, R., Green, M., Godwin, M., Norman, K., Smith, K. Actionable Nuggets: Knowledge Translation about Special Populations for Family Physicians. Canadian Family Physician. In Press. December, 2013.

Rose, S., Aiken, A.B., McColl, M.A. Veterans’ Health in Canada: A Scoping Review of the Literature. [Peer Reviewed] In: Aiken, A.B., Belanger, S. (Editors) Beyond the Line: Military and Veteran Health Research. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Chapter 11: 153-179. November 2013.

Aiken, A.B. Clinician’s Commentary – The Role of Physiotherapists in Orthopedic Triage. Physiotherapy Canada. 65(4), 364. November 2013.

Coriolano, K., Aiken, A.B., Harrison, M. Functional and Physiological Determinants of Perceived Disability in Individuals Diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the Hip. International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1(6), September, 2013. Available at: link

Coriolano, K., Aiken, A.B. Harrison, M., Brouwer, B., Pukall, C., Groll, D. Changes in Knee Pain, Perceived Need for Surgery, Physical Function and Quality of Life after Dietary Weight Loss in Obese Women Diagnosed with Knee Osteoarthritis. Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy. 3(3), July, 2013. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000174 . Available at; link

Aiken, A.B., Recognition of the Wider Health Effects of Military Service. Canadian Nurse. 108(9): 40, November, 2012.

McColl, M.A., Aiken A.B., McColl, A., Sakakibara, B., Smith, K. Primary Care of People with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Scoping Review. Canadian Family Physician. 58(11):1207-1216. November 2012.

Cramm, H., Aiken, A.B., Stewart, D. Perspectives on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Child and Youth Version (ICF-CY) and Occupational Therapy Practice. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics. 32(4): 388-403. May 2012.

Aiken, A.B. Improved Use of Allied Health Professionals in the Health Care System: The Case of the Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Orthopedic Care. World Hospitals and Health Services.: The Official Journal of the International Hospital Federation. 48(1):28-30. May 2012.

Buitenhuis, A., Aiken, A.B. A Comparison Of Financial Programs Offered To ‘Traditional’ Versus ‘New’ Veterans With Severe Disabilities: A New Class Of Veteran? [Peer Reviewed] In: Aiken A.B, Belanger, S. (Editors) Shaping the Future: Military and Veteran Health Research. Canadian Defence Association Press. Chapter 18: 239-254. November 2011.

Aiken, A.B., Belanger, S., Richard, W., Marlin, S. Standing Up a Canadian Health Institute. Invited Submission. Vanguard. 6: 20. October/November, 2011.

Childs, J., Aiken, A.B.  Advancing the Evidence Base in Rehabilitation for Military Personnel and Veterans.  Physical Therapy.  91(10):1438-1439.  October 2011.

Aiken, A.B.  Belanger, S.A.H.  Renaissance Needed for Canadian Veteran Health Research.  The Hill Times.  September 5, 2011.  link

Aiken, A.B.  Belanger, S.A.H.  As Mission Ends, Renaissance Needed in Canadian Veteran Health Research.  Kingston Whig Standard. 5. August 13, 2011.  link

Aiken, A.B. Clinical Commentary - Physiotherapists in Family Health Teams.  Physiotherapy Canada. 63(3): 276-277. Invited Submission.  Summer 2011.

Aiken, A.B., Buitenhuis, A.  New Veterans Charter shortchanges our disabled soldiers.  The Globe and Mail. A15.  August 24, 2010.  link

Aiken A.B., McColl M.A.  Inter-professional Healthcare - A Common Taxonomy to Assist with Understanding.  Journal of Allied Health.  38(3): e92-e96. Fall 2009. (PhD work)

Hoogeboom, T.J., van den Ende, C., van der Sluis, G., Elings, J., Dronkers, J.J., Aiken, A.B., van Meeteren, N.L.U.  The Impact of Waiting for Total Joint Replacement on Pain and Functional Status: A Systematic Review.  Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.  17(11): 1420-1427.  November, 2009. [Epub 20 May 2009]

Aiken A.B., Harrison, M.M., Hope, J.  Role of the Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Decreasing Surgical Wait Times.  Healthcare Quarterly 12(3):80-83, 2009.

Aiken A.B., Pelland L, Brison R, Pickett W, Brouwer B.  Short-Term Natural Recovery of Ankle Sprains Following Discharge from Emergency Departments.  Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy.  38(9): 566-571.  September, 2008.

Aiken A.B., McColl M.A.  Diagnosis and Treatment Concordance Between a Physical Therapist and an Orthopedic Surgeon - A Pilot Study.  Journal of Interprofessional Care.  22(3): 253-261, June 2008. (PhD work)

Aiken A.B., Harrison M.M, Atkinson M, Hope J.  One Solution to the Orthopedic Crisis in Canada.  Healthcare Quarterly.  11(2): 62-66, 2008.

Ashton C.W., Aiken A.B., Duffie D. Physician Assistants - A Solution to Wait Times in Canada?  Healthcare Management FORUM: 40-43, Summer 2007. 

Aiken A.B., Atkinson M., Harrison M.M., Hope J. Reducing Hip and Knee Replacement Wait Times:  An Expanded Role for Physiotherapists in Orthopedic Surgical Clinics.  Healthcare Quarterly 10(2): 88-91, 2007.

Books, Monographs and Book Chapters:

Aiken, A.B, Belanger, S. (Editors) Shaping the Future:  Military and Veteran Health Research.  Canadian Defence Association Press.  ISBN 978-1-100-19408-0.  November 2011.

Buitenhuis, A., Aiken, A.B.  A Comparison Of Financial Programs Offered To 'Traditional' Versus 'New' Veterans With Severe Disabilities: A New Class Of Veteran? In:  Aiken A.B, Belanger, S. (Editors) Shaping the Future:  Military and Veteran Health Research.  Canadian Defence Association Press. Chapter 18: 239-254.  November 2011.

Aiken, A.B.,  Buitenhuis, A.  Supporting Canadian Veterans with Disabilities:  A Policy Comparison of Financial Benefits.  Monograph:  Defence Management Studies Press.  The Claxton Papers, Number 13. March 2011. Available electronically at: link

McColl, M.A.  Aiken, A.B., McColl, A., Smith, K.  Primary Care for People with SCI.  In: Eng, J.J, Teasell, R.W, Miller, W.C., Wolfe, D.L, Townson, A.F, Hseih, J.T.C, Connelly, S.J., Mehta, S., Sakakibara, B.M. editors.  Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence. Volume 3.0. Vancouver, Canada. 1 -24. 2010.  www.scireproject.com 

Aiken, A. B.  Running the Show - Keeping your Business Afloat.  Chapter in:  Hopkins-Rosseel, D.H., Roulston, B.  Business in Clinical Practice: How to Get There from Here ; Peer Reviewed Text, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 116-121, 2007.