Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Degrees / Designations 

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), PhD, PT

Email Address 
604-875-4111 ext 69056
Mailing Address 
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health c/o Liu-Ambrose Lab 2215 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Academic Appointment 
Other Areas of Research 
Mobility; Aging

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Professor, is a physical therapist and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (http://cogmob.rehab.med.ubc.ca) as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic (www.fallsclinic.ca). Dr. Liu-Ambrose is also a key investigator with the Djavad Mowfaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s research focuses on the utility of lifestyle approaches in promoting cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults. She has conducted randomized controlled trials studies to address compelling questions regarding the efficacy of exercise – notably, resistance training (RT). Her research are among the first to demonstrate RT benefits cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults. Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s expertise are in RCTs, exercise prescription for older adults, functional and structural neuroimaging, and mobility.

Current Projects 
  1. Action Seniors!: A 12 month randomized control trial of a home based strength and balance retraining program in reducing falls
  2. Cog Mob: Is a recent history of multiple falls an early indication of cognitive dysfunction? An observational study of older fallers and non-fallers
  3. PROMOTE: The role of exercise on cognition and function in seniors with vascular cognitive impairment
  4. Vancouver falls prevention clinic database
  5. OEP Study: Can the otago falls prevention program be delivered by video? A feasibility study
  6. Promoting resistance training to tone the aging body & mind
  7. Excel: Enhancing cognitive vitality and functional independence in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized trial of aerobic vs. resistance training