Join the Lab

Dr. Whittaker is currently accepting highly qualified individuals with backgrounds in rehabilitation, kinesiology, health, behavioral and/or implementation science to pursue full-time studies at the PhD, or Post-doctoral scholar level through the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences.

PhD and PDF training programs will be aligned with a large randomized controlled trial assessing the effectiveness and implementation of an education and exercise-based intervention for improving self-management of knee health and preventing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in persons at elevated risk of early-onset knee osteoarthritis (SOAR). The successful candidates will also have an opportunity to participate in the OPTIKNEE international consensus activities, mentor thesis-based masters and PhD trainees (as appropriate), and participate in other activities that will facilitate their career goals.

Trainees should expect to develop skills in one or more of the following areas: clinical trials (musculoskeletal injury or condition prevention, rehabilitation or long-term management), epidemiology (risk, prognosis, prevention), behavioral science, implementation science, patient-orientated research, biomechanical analysis of human movement, assessment of muscle performance, and exercise training for patient populations.


Funding is available to highly qualified and suitable trainees without external scholarship funding. However, all trainees are expected to apply for possible external and internal sources of funding.

Important Dates

The rehabilitation sciences graduate program has two formal intakes of trainees annually:

  • Students wishing to start in September must apply by January 15
  • Students wishing to start in January must apply by June 15

Interested Individuals

 Interested individuals are asked to complete an online application.