A/Prof David M. Walton
BScPT, MSc, PhD
Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Walton completed his BSc in Physical Therapy from The University of Western Ontario in 1999 and his MSc in Neurosciences in 2001. After a 7 year clinical career in both the private and public health sectors in Canada, he returned to Western to complete his PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2010. He is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy and Health and Rehabilitation Science graduate programs at Western and an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute (London, Ontario).
Dr. Walton is Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab, a transdisciplinary setting that currently includes 1 MSc and 5 PhD students from fields such as physical therapy, psychology, microbiology and implementation science all under his supervision. The lab focuses on integrating knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries to improve understanding of the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain, measuring the experience of pain, and translating new knowledge to clinical practice. Combined his students have won multiple awards, published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 30 presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Walton’s research in knowledge syntheses, psychometric evaluations of pain prediction and measurement tools, and mechanistic acute-to-chronic pain research has been published in high-quality journals in the field including the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, The Clinical Journal of Pain, The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As of this writing he has been lead or co-author on 50 peer-reviewed publications and PI or co-investigator on over $800,000 CDN in research funding over the past 6 years.
Dr. Walton is a proven leader locally and nationally. He is a co-founder and past-Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), past Chair of CPA’s Professional Development Task Force, current secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s “Pain Education” Special Interest Group, an Associate Editor with the scientific journal Manual Therapy, and an International Editor for JOSPT. Beyond his own lab he also leads two productive interdisciplinary research teams: the Collaboration for the Integration of Rehabilitation and Consumer Electronics (CIRCLE) group (6 members), and the Solving Traumatic pain and disability through Advanced Research Translation (START) group that boasts over 30 active members representing academic, clinical, and patient advocacy experts. He is a 3-time nominee and twice winner of Faculty- or University-wide teaching awards and was the 2014 recipient of CPA’s National Mentorship Award.