Sue Peters 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Telephone: 778-782-5044
Fax: 778-782-5066


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Dr. Peters is a part-time Postdoctoral Fellow with the Gerontology Research Centre and a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Physical Therapy (2007) both from Western University, and a PhD from UBC in Rehabilitation Sciences focusing on neurophysiology. With over 40 presentations delivered nationally and internationally, and nearly 20 invited and peer-reviewed publications to date, Dr. Peters’ work involves understanding physical mobility impairments, how they impact activities of daily living, and the clinical rehabilitation of those impairments. Her clinical experience as a physiotherapist led to her PhD work focused on using neuroimaging to link cognitive function to movement difficulties such as balance and walking after a stroke. Currently, she is expanding on this knowledge to understand how sociological factors may impact health related behaviours. More specifically, Dr. Peters is examining how individuals with multiple chronic medical conditions cope in the context of physical rehabilitation. Dr. Peters work bridges neuroscience, aging and rehabilitation by bringing together years of clinical experience with research.

Selected Publications 

Peters S, Ivanova T, Lakhani B, Garland SJ, Staines WR, Handy TC, Boyd LA. (2017) Symmetry of cortical planning for initiating stepping in sub-acute stroke. (in review).

Peters S, Brown KE, Garland SJ, Staines WR, Handy TC, Francisco B, Boyd LA. (2017) Cortical processing of irrelevant somatosensory information from the leg is altered by motor attention during early motor planning. (in review).

Neva JL, Gallina A, Peters S, Garland SJ, Boyd LA. (2017) Differentiation of motor evoked potentials elicited from multiple forearm muscles: an investigation with high-density surface electromyography. Brain Research (in press).

Peters S, Wadden KP, Hayward KS, Neva JL, Auriat AM, Boyd LA. A structural motor network correlates with motor function and not impairment post stroke. Neuroscience Letters. 2017 Aug 19;658: 155-160. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.08.036.

Hayward KS, Neva JL, Mang CS, Peters S, Wadden KP, Ferris JK, Boyd LA. (2017) Interhemispheric pathways are important for motor outcome in individuals with chronic and severe upper limb impairment post stroke. Neural Plasticity (in press).

Ferris JK, Peters S, Brown KE, Tourigny K, Boyd LA. Type-2 diabetes mellitus reduces cortical thickness and decreases oxidative metabolism in sensorimotor regions after stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2017 Jan 1:271678X17703887. doi: 10.1177/0271678X17703887.

Hayward KS, Schmidt J, Lohse KR, Peters S, Bernhardt J, Lannin NA, Boyd LA. Are we armed with the right data? Pooled individual data review of biomarkers in people with severe upper limb impairment after stroke. Neuroimage Clin. 2016 Sep 24;13:310-319. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2016.09.015. eCollection 2017. Erratum in: Neuroimage Clin. 2017 Apr 26;15:53-55.

Wadden KP, Asis K, Mang CS, Neva JL, Peters S, Lakhani B, Boyd LA. Predicting motor sequence learning in individuals with chronic stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2017 Jan;31(1):95-104. Epub 2016 Aug 10.

Gallina A, Peters S, Neva JL, Boyd LA, Garland SJ. Selectivity of conventional electrodes for recording motor evoked potentials: an investigation with high-density surface electromyography. Muscle Nerve. 2017 Jun;55(6):828-834. doi: 10.1002/mus.25412.

Lakhani B, Borich M, Jackson J, Wadden KP, Peters S, Villamayor A, Mackay AL, Vavasour IM, Rauscher A, LA Boyd. Motor Skill Acquisition Promotes Human Brain Myelin Plasticity. Neural Plasticity, vol. 2016, Article ID 7526135, 7 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/7526135.