Ben Mortenson

Affliated Researcher
Degrees / Designations 
  • Simon Fraser University Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2012 – 2013.

  • University of Montreal and Simon Fraser University,CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2009 – 2012.

  • The University of British Columbia, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Rehabilitation Science, 2006 – 2009. CIHR, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Funded, Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • The University of British Columbia, Master's Degree, Rehabilitation Science 1999 – 2002

  • University of Alberta, Bachelor's Degree, Occupational Therapy 1986 – 1991. Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with Distinction


Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Faculty of Medicine T325 - 2211 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, BC Canada


Academic Appointment 
Associate Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Spinal Cord Injury
Diagnosis and Therapy 
Rehabilitation Intervention
Other Areas of Research 
My research focuses on four overlapping areas: assistive technology
social participation
caregiving and outcome measurement. My work is centered on four main populations: assistive technology users
informal and formal caregivers
individuals with spinal cord injury and residents in long-term care.

Dr. Ben Mortenson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 1991 and practiced in a variety of rehabilitation settings at Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton until 1997 before joining UBC Hospital’s Purdy Extended Care Unit 1998 – 2006.  He earned both his MSc (in 2002) and PhD (in 2009) in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Mortenson most recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mobility and aging at Simon Fraser University and the University of Montreal. Outside of work, Ben is the father to three busy, young children and a dedicated bicyclist, recreational chorister and backcountry enthusiast.

Current Projects 

Dr. Ben Mortenson is currently conducting an experimental study examining the effect of assistive technology interventions on users and their informal caregivers. He is also exploring power mobility users life experiences over time.