Dr. Audrey L. Hicks Ph.D.

Audrey L. Hicks Ph.D.

Associate Director/Faculty Advisor

My research focus is on exercise rehabilitation, with a specific focus on people with mobility impairments resulting from either spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.

I am interested in examining the assorted health and rehabilitative benefits of engaging in regular exercise, as well as developing best practice physical activity guidelines for special populations. At a more basic level, I also study characteristics of muscle, fatigue properties, and activation at the neuromuscular level.

I am also the founder and Director of the MacWheelers program, which is a community-based exercise program for people with spinal cord injury living in the Hamilton area.

My current research activities in the PACE focus on validating the physical activity guidelines for adults with SCI, comparing muscle activation and metabolic demand between different modes of assisted ambulation, and determining optimal and preferred modes of exercise training for people with SCI.

Dr. Hicks' Research

MacWheelers Exercise Program for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

MacWheelers is an adapted exercise and wellness program providing inclusive and accessible opportunities for those living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to engage in regular community fitness programming. Read More


CHOICES, a CIHR Team Grant-funded project led by principal investigator Dr. Andrei Krassioukov from ICORD, brings together leading researchers from across Canada with the aim of improving the lives of Canadians living with spinal cord injury. Read More

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