Jack Callaghan

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo

Jack Callaghan.
Dr. Jack Callaghan is a professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Waterloo. He is director of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and holds the Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention. Dr. Callaghan is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), is cross-appointed to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and received the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics in 2014.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Ottawa and his masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Waterloo where he specialized in spinal biomechanics.

His area of research focuses primarily on spine injuries from cumulative loading exposure. His research is concerned with the etiology of spine injuries at the tissue level from exposure to cumulative loading scenarios and is currently funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL).

He has collaborated and consulted with a wide range of industrial partners, including automotive and office furniture manufacturing companies, on design and component testing projects resulting in over 25 technical reports. He is an author on over 200 peer reviewed journal articles, has over 400 conference abstracts and has supervised more than 40 graduate students.