Jackie Whittaker , BScPT, PhD

University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada

Associate Professor

Dr. Jackie Whittaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia, and Research Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award and Arthritis Society’s STARS Career Development Award. As a recognized clinical specialist in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and clinical epidemiologist, her research takes a lifespan approach to preventing osteoarthritis, with a particular emphasis on the post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. This includes reducing the burden of sport-related knee injuries by improving our understanding of the long-term consequences of knee injuries, and developing and evaluating exercise-based interventions to promote knee health. Central to her research is an integrated knowledge translation approach, involving patients, health professionals and other stakeholders throughout the research-to-practice continuum. Recently Jackie led an international consensus exercise called OPTIKNEE which produced seven meta-analyses and consensus recommendations related to preventing osteoarthritis after traumatic knee injury. Jackie’s research is guided by 21 years of clinical practice and has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications.