Linda Li

Degrees / Designations 

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

Mailing Address 
Arthritis Research Canada 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 Science

Dr. Linda Li is Professor and Harold Robinson / Arthritis Society Chair at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, and a physiotherapist at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Vancouver General Hospital.  She holds a Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation.

Dr. Li’s research centers on improving the care for people with arthritis and empowering patient self-care.  Her work focuses on the integration of online, mobile, and wearable tools in health care. Examples of her work include the use of interactive decision aids for improving communication between patients and health professionals, and the use of wearables and apps to personalized physical activity levels for patients. Dr. Li’s work in knowledge translation has also led to new studies on the benefits of engaging patients and the public in the full spectrum of research process.

Current Projects 

1.   Empowring self-care in Inflammatory Arthritis

OPERAS: Empowering active self-management of arthritis: Raising the bar with an On-demand Program to EmpoweR Active Self-management)

I START: Improving Strength Training and Tailoring among people with Rheumatoid ARThritis

OPAM-IA: Effectiveness of Online Physical Activity Monitoring in Inflammatory Arthritis

2.  Promoting Physical Activity in Osteoarthritis

Reshape Knee Osteoarthritis Diagnosis and Secondary Prevention with E-Health

SuPRA: Supporting Physical activity & Reducing sedentary behaviour in Arthritis

3.   Knowledge Translstion & Implementation: Methods and Science

PEIRS: Patient Engagement In Research Scale study

Citizen Science: Patient engagement 2.0 project

OEP: Implementing an evidence-based exercise program (Otago Eercise Program) to reduce falls in community-dwelling older adults