Linda Li

Degrees / Designations 

PhD (Clinical Epidemiology), University of Toronto MSc (Physical Therapy), University of Western Ontario BSc (Physical Therapy), McGill University

Mailing Address 
Milan Ilich Arthritis Research Centre 5591 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Bones, Joints and Muscles
Diagnosis and Therapy 
Rehabilitation Intervention
Other Areas of Research 
clinical epidemiology
Help-seeking and Self-management in Chronic Diseases
Knowledge Translation and Implementation Research.

Dr. Linda Li earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at McGill University, a Master of Science at University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at University of Toronto. Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology/knowledge translation at Ottawa Health Research Institute. She is currently a CIHR New Investigator, a Michael Smith Foundation Health Research (MSFHR) Career Investigator, and a past recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Health Professional New Investigator Award. As a health services researcher, Linda’s research focuses in two areas: 1) understanding the help-seeking experiences of people with early inflammatory arthritis, and 2) evaluating models of arthritis care. Her methodological skills include clinical epidemiology and mixed-methods design. She also collaborates with digital media experts to develop and evaluate online tools, such as decision aids for promoting shared-decision making and interactive programs for coaching people to be physically active. Her research is currently funded by CIHR, Canadian Arthritis Network, and MSFHR.

Current Projects 

ICON: Improving Cognitive and jOint health Network

ANSWER-2: ANimated, Self-serve, WEb-based Research Tool for patients considering biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis 

TRACK-OA: A pilot study of a fitness tracker-driven intervention for promoting physical activity in people living with knee osteoarthritis 

PATH (PAthway To Health): Fostering culturally appropriate physical activities using digital technology in Aboriginal communities

MONITOR–OAImproving physical activity using an online monitoring tool: a new model of care for knee osteoarthritis

SuPRASupporting Physical activity & Reducing sedentary behaviour in Arthritis 

OPAM-IA: Effectiveness of Online Physical Activity Monitoring in Inflammatory Arthritis: A new model of care

Arthritis in the digital age: Understanding the context of and barriers to integrating online tools to optimize physical activity