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Additional Affiliations

Clinical Professor and Knowledge Broker, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator, Dept. of Physiotherapy, PHC
Affiliate Knowledge Broker, Arthritis Research Canada

Research Interests
  • Knowledge translation
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Patient engagement
  • Electrophysical agents

Ms. Alison Hoens is a Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker, a position jointly funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Providence Health Care Research Institute, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Physical Therapy. She also works as a Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator for Physiotherapy at Providence Health Care (PHC), and is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy.

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Ms. Hoens received her B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from UBC and her postgraduate degrees (M.Sc. and DipSportsPT) from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In addition, she has specialized training in knowledge translation and facilitating behaviour change. Ms. Hoens has undertaken clinical, teaching, and research activities in physical therapy and interdisciplinary spheres provincially, nationally, and internationally. At PHC she is responsible for research, education, and evidence-based practice support for over 130 Physiotherapists and Rehabilitation Assistants across the spectrum of acute, rehabilitation, and residential care settings. In her role as Knowledge Broker she has facilitated partnerships in over 30 projects between more than 350 researchers, clinicians, decision makers, and patients in clinically relevant research and in the development of resources and tools to support evidence-informed practice. These partnerships have been successful in procuring over $2.3 million in research funding. The 21 resources and tools that have been developed to support clinical practice have been accessed over 170,000 times worldwide.

Ms. Hoens is the recipient of many awards and recognition, including a 2016 Silver Quill Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a 2014 Leading Practice Award from Accreditation Canada for her work at PHC.


Honorary Membership Award, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 2016
Clinical Innovation Award, Arthritis Health Professional Association, 2016
Excellence in Research and Knowledge Translation Award, Physiotherapy Association of B.C., 2013

Health research in the heart of Vancouver