Teresa Y.L. Liu-Ambrose

Degrees / Designations 


604-875-4111 ext. 68474
Mailing Address 
175 - 828 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC, V5Z 1M9


Academic Appointment 
Assistant Professor
Other Areas of Research 
Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is the Research Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Clinic and Director of the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an associate member of the UBC Brain Research Centre and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2004. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the area of cognitive science funded by both Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and joined the UBC Department of Physical Therapy in April 2006 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is a recipient of the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award (2006), CIHR Institute of Aging Recognition Prize in Research in Aging (2005 & 2011), MSFHR Career Investigator Award (2006), and CIHR New Investigator Award (2011). Her research focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging and prevent cognitive and functional decline among seniors. Her research has been featured by the New York Times and in the Globe and Mail (see News).

When not running around in the lab, Dr. Liu-Ambrose is running about getting her kids to hockey, swimming, soccer, and piano lessons. She also loves to bake whenever time allows it and taking her dog for swims along the beautiful beaches of Spanish Banks.

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