Bahareh Haj Ghanbari Dr/ PhD Rehabilitation Sciences

I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physiotherapy, and my doctorate degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia. My research focus and experience involves the study of chronic pain, muscle dysfunction using MRI, muscle cell pathology and strength testing, muscle oxygenation using Near Infra Red Spectroscopy, three-dimensional accelerometry for monitoring physical activity, and study of quality of life in people with chronic musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary conditions. My clinical experience includes ten years of practice in orthopedic and neurological injuries at various hospitals and specialized clinical settings. She was a clinical instructor, investigator, and coordinator at the Red Cross for 5 years. She has experience working with national and recreational athletes such as wrestlers, soccer and basketball players. She has also been involved in teaching and acting as an examiner in clinical skills courses within the Department of Physiotherapy at UBC, Master of Physiotherapy program.


University of British Columbia

Principal Faculty:


Principal Department/Program:

Department of physiotherapy/Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Darlene Reid

Key Publications:

1. HajGhanbari B, Garland SJ, Road J, Reid WD. Pain and physical performance in people chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Published: Respiratory Medicine, July 2013,, 2. HajGhanbari B, Yamabayashi C, Road J, Reid WD, Garland SJ. Comorbidities associated with pain in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Accepted: Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, Aug 2013. 3. HajGhanbari B, Holsti L, Road J, Reid D. Pain in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory Medicine, 2012;106: 998-1005. 4. HajGhanbari B, Buna T, Coelho J, Freedman K, etc. Effects of respiratory muscle training on performance in athletes: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013 Jun;27(6):1643-63. 5. HajGhanbari B, Hamarneh G, Changizi N, Ward AD, Reid WD. MRI-based 3D shape analysis of thigh muscles: people with COPD versus healthy older adults. Academic Radiology, 2011; 18(2): 155-66.