Dr. Barbara Shay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation (SMR) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) over 25 years ago and has extensive clinical experience in the physiotherapy treatment and management of neuromuscular injuries. Her MSc work related to the effects of an interval wheelchair-training program on upper limb strength of people with cervical spinal cord injuries. She completed her PhD studies in the area of neurophysiology and specifically related to neurotransmitters involved in pain and their effects on reflex activity in an in-vitro spinal cord animal model. Her current research interests include evaluation of clinical treatment interventions such as medications, surgery or physical treatments including manual therapy, electrophysical agents, acupuncture and exercise and most recently, cognitive behavioural treatments directed at people with chronic pain conditions.