Elizabeth Condliffe

Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe, PhD MD FRCPC

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology



Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), 2017

Educational Background

PhD Biomedical Engineering, Mechanisms of Motor Impairments in Spastic Cerebral Palsy, University of Alberta, 2021

MD University of Toronto, 2008

MS Biomedical Engineering, Quantifying Post-Stroke Spastic Hypertonia at the Elbow: Reliability & Effects of High Intensity Training, Boston University, 2004

BSE Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering w/ Certificate in Engineering Biology, Princeton Univerisity, 2002


Areas of Research


Dr. Condliffe’s clinical work and research are driven by an interest in improving clinical interventions to promote neuroplastic change and reduce multisystem impacts of impairments throughout the lifespan of people with cerebral palsy and other causes of long-term neurodisabilities. She is the medial lead of the Youth Functional Independence Clinic, co-leads the Movement Impairment team of the RESTORE Network and is a member of the Vi Riddell Pediatric Pain & Rehabilitation Centre and the NonInvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3). As a biomedical engineer, neurophysiololgist and physiatrist, the Pediatric Onset Neuromotor Impairment (PONI, @ponilabresearch) lab Dr. Condliffe leads uses technological innovations including robot-assisted gait training, neurophysiologic as well as clinical tools for assessment, rehabilitation and as assistive devices. Current projects involve robotic walking, power training, early intensive motor training, markerless motion analysis and the assessment of spasticity in individuals with cerebral palsy and other causes of movement impairments.

Movement Impairment
Robotic Rehabilitation
Brain Stimulation
Cerebral Palsy

Participation in university strategic initiatives