Dr. Jeff Hebert, CCRF-NBHRF Musculoskeletal Research Chair

Dr. Hebert is a Professor at UNB Fredericton in the Faculty of Kinesiology. He was previously Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science from Murdoch University in Australia.

In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Hebert earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (University of Denver) and PhD in Exercise Science (University of Utah). Before pursuing an academic career, he worked as an outpatient and hospital-based clinician in multidisciplinary environments including pain, sports medicine, and spine surgery.

Some of our collaborative publications:

Hebert JJ, Abraham E, Wedderkopp N, Bigney E, Richardson E, Darling M, Hall H, Fisher C, Rampersaud R, Thomas K, Jacobs B, Johnson M, Paquet J, Attabib N, Jarzem P, Wai E, Rasoulinejad P, Ahn H, Nataraj A, Stratton A, Manson N. Patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis experience unique courses of pain and disability: a group-based trajectory analysis. PLOS ONE.

Hebert JJ, Klakk H, Franz C, Sénéchal M, Manson N, Wedderkopp N. Spinal pain is prospectively associated with cardiovascular risk factors in girls but not boys (CHAMPS Study-DK). European Spine Journal.

Hebert JJ, Leboeuf-Yde C, Franz C, Lardon A, Hestbæk L, Manson N, Wedderkopp N. Pubertal development and growth are prospectively associated with spinal pain in young people (CHAMPS Study-DK). European Spine Journal.


Dr. Alugo is an Assistant Professor Of Anaesthesia and a Chronic Pain Specialist at Horizon Health Network. We are very honored to have the opportunity to work with Dr.Alugo and use his expertise into improving patient outcomes.

Dr. Anil Adisesh, MB ChB, MSc, MD, FRCP, FFOM, FRCPC

Dr. Adisesh has been a Specialist Physician in Occupational Medicine since 1997. He is the Director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital. Dr.Adisesh has Chaired the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Working Group on Occupational Health for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11) and co-Chair to the International Labour Organisation Working Group on diagnostic and exposure criteria guidance on occupational diseases. He has been compiling information that will be of use to physicians, legislators and others concerned with occupational health. He is a member of the CSA Bioaerosols and respiratory protection working group.

The broad theme of Dr. Adisesh's research is "Long and healthy working lives" recognizing that not only are careers sometimes curtailed through injury and illness but that increasingly we will be working at an older age and we wish to be as healthy as possible throughout our lives.

Our collaborations:

Bao, H., Baker, C. J., & Adisesh, A. (2019). ACA-NOC: Development of an Automated Coding Algorithm for the Canadian National Occupation Classification (Preprint). JMIR Formative Research. doi:10.2196/16422

Stephen Mundle, PT

Stephen Mundle, Physiotherapist at The New Brunswick Heart Centre’s cardiovascular health and wellness program, specifically with the Saint John Regional Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program. He is one of our collaborators on the research project called Elucidating the effects of a prehabilitation program on spinal surgery candidates with cardiac comorbidities outcomes: A randomized, controlled trial. You probably are familiar with Stephen if you are one of our participants!

Dr. Lisa Best, PhD

Dr. Lisa Best is a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. She has received numerous grants to support her research. She is currently one of our collaborators on a project looking at the perception of what life is like following a traumatic spinal cord injury.

Dr. Dean Tripp, B.A, M.A, Ph.D

Dr.Tripp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Anesthesiology, and Urology at Queens University in Ontario. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2001. His current lines of research concern pain and psychosocial experiences (self-regulation) across a variety of clinical populations:
1) Pain, relationship distress, disability, and suicide in men suffering from Chronic
Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)
2) Pain, relationship distress, disability, suicide in women suffering from chronic
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
3) Pain phenotyping and group therapy processes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD).

Our collaborative work:
Biopsychosocial factors predict quality of life in thoracolumbar spine surgery