We would like to recognize Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, PT, PhD, who gave his final Professional Presentation to Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty, students, and staff, as well as his family, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Dr. Tousignant-Laflamme came to us in August 2016 as a visiting scholar from University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, and spent around ten months of his sabbatical leave working on the development of a comprehensive and strategic pain management algorithm for patients with chronic low back pain, which led to the development of a "Pain and Disability Drivers Model." His work has been exceptionally well received externally and is the basis of a recent CIHR grant.
Dr. Tousignant-Laflamme grew up in Ottawa, received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Ottawa (1999), and then worked as a clinician for five years, mostly with patients with chronic pain. Afterwards, he moved to the University of Sherbrooke and began his research training in clinical sciences (pain management), where he obtained his Master’s in 2005 and PhD in 2008. He began as tenure-track faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy in 2008, and has been the program director since June 2014. He continues to pursue his research program, is a big Montreal Canadians hockey fan, and continues to play hockey and coach both of his sons, Max (11) and Noah (10).
As a researcher, he is interested in developing and evaluating new ways to improve pain management in rehabilitation. His research program focuses on the treatment of chronic pain conditions, such as chronic back pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) as well as the development of pain assessment tools. His research program and the grants he obtained focus on three key areas of pain management: Self-management programs, appraisal of therapeutic approach, and the development and validation of assessment tools. Finally, he has numerous research collaborations aimed to develop and validate various tools for measuring pain in vulnerable populations (ie: elderly, critical care).