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Meaghan Adams

Registered Physiotherapist / PhD candidate, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

PhD candidate in neuroscience, studying sensory changes after concussion. Sports & vestibular physiotherapist working in concussion rehab.


Modulation of early modality-specific cortical potentials by attention, and associated changes in task performance

Published by Behavioural Brain Research

September 1, 2017

Adams, MS; Popovich, C; Staines, WR.

Early modality-specific cortical regions are modulated by attended visual stimuli: interaction of vision, touch, and behavioural intent

Published by Frontiers in Psychology

April 1, 2014

Staines, WR; Popovich, CM; Legon, JK; Adams, MS.


I'm a physiotherapist trained in sports medicine and vestibular rehabilitation, with a clinical focus on concussion rehabilitation. I began my PhD becuase I wanted to answer questions about how concussion affects the brain. My main interest is in understanding how concussion affects cortical processing of sensory stimuli, especially when the stimuli are conflicting. I also feel that, as a clinician-scientist, it is my responsibility to move science out of the lab and into the hands of other clinicians. This was my goal when I started my business, OneBrain, which provides high-quality, evidence-based concussion and neuroscience education to health care providers and fitness professionals. I went into health care because I wanted to help people, and teaching concussion best practices and explaining the amazing power of the brain to guide movement, I am able to help many more people than I can in my clinical practice alone.

Past Talks

Poster: Attentional gating at early cortical processing stages is associated with changes in behavioural peformance on a motor task with sensory conflict

Society for Neuroscience Conference

San Diego, CA, November 21, 2016

Poster: Changes in early visual and tactile processing after recovery fron concussion

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress

Victoria, BC, May 16, 2016

Concussion Neuroscience: Emerging Tests

Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Symposium

Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON, November 26, 2016


  • Vestibular System
  • Physiotherapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Concussions


  • University of Waterloo
    PhD, 2016

    Expected graduation in Fall of 2017

  • Queen's University
    Life Sciences
    BScH, 2006
  • Queen's University
    MScPT, 2008