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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Paul Yielder

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 439
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2768

Research topics

  • computed tomography
  • MRI/fMRI
  • ultrasound
  • anatomical modelling
  • musculoskeletal MRI
  • neuroanatomy
  • neuroscience
  • performance asymmetry
  • psychopathology

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Research area of specialty:

    • Mental health: cerebral disorders; depression
    • Neurosciences: neuroanatomy
    • Radiology/radiation biology/nuclear medicine: biomedical modelling; cerebrovascular physiology

    Research background and interests:

    Dr. Yielder's primary research interests are sourced from his background in diagnostic medical imaging, clinical anatomy and neuroscience. He is a clinical specialist in modality imaging, including computed tomography/ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. His primary interests are in the design application and contribution of fMRI techniques to neuroscience - kinesiology and neuropsychiatry with a complimentary interest in human laterality and asymmetry research. He also has a parallel interest in developmental neurobiology and neuropsychology applied to therapeutic relationships in clinical practice and clinical supervision.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, visit PubMed.

    • Andrew, D., Yielder, P., Haavik, H. Dancey, E., Murphy, B. (2014) Somatosensory evoked potentials show plastic changes following a novel motor training task with the thumb. Clinical Neurophysiology 232(9): 2879-89.
    • Baarbe, J., Yielder, P., Behbahami, H., Daligadu, J., Haavik, H., Muphy, B., (2014) A Novel Protocol to Investigate Motor Training-Induced Plasticity and Sensorimotor Integration in the Cerebellum and Motor Cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 111(4):715-21.
    • Gutnik, B., Henneberg, M and Yielder, P (2010). Some Mechanical Muscle Properties as Possible Indicators of the Peripheral Characteristics of Manual Asymmetry. Journal of Human Physiology.
    • Yielder, P (2010). The Mechanical and Physiological Properties of the First Dorsal Interosseous Muscle. An approach to the “Peripheral” Mechanisms of lateralization. VPN Online publication PhD thesis and appended publications SMI Alborg University (Denmark). ISBN (electronic) 978-87-7094-030-6.
    • Yielder, P (2009). A Possible Anatomical and Biomechanical Explanation of the 10% Rule Used in the Clinical Assessment of Prehensile Hand Movements and Handed Dominance. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 19(6), e472-e480. 
  • Research collaborators
    • Lakeridge Health Oshawa
    • Rotman Research Institute
  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • Advanced Topics in Neuromuscular Physiology and Pathophysiology
    • Human Motor Control and Learning
    • Introduction to Movement Science
    • Managing Health-care Teams
    • Medical Imaging
    • Theory and Practice of Interpersonal Communication

    Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

    • Research in the Health Sciences
  • Graduate student research
    • Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) thesis co-supervisor for Erin Dancey (2010-in progress) – Working title: The Effect of Experimental Pain on Sensorimotor Integration and Cortico-motor Output.
    • MHSc thesis co-supervisor for Joanne Gourgouvelis (2010-in progress) – Working title: The Role of Exercise in Promoting Hippocampal Activation and Improving Memory.