Professor and Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention, Kinesiology

Contact Information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37080
Location: BMH 3122
Fax: 519 746 6776


  • PhD, University of Waterloo, 1999
  • MSc, University of Waterloo, 1994
  • BSc, University of Ottawa, 1992

Research Interests

  • Cumulative injury mechanics
  • Occupational biomechanics
  • Automotive seating and assembly


  • KIN 121/221 - Advanced Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • KIN 425 - Biomechanical Modelling of Human Movement
  • KIN 612 - Instrumentation and Signal Processing in Biophysical Research

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Gregory, D.E., Veldhuis, J.H., Horst, C., Brodland, G.W., Callaghan, J.P. Novel lap test determines the mechanics of delamination between annular lamellae of the intervertebral disc. Journal of Biomechanics 44(1): 97-102, 2011.
  • Parkinson, R.J., Bezaire, M., Callaghan, J.P. A comparison of low back kinetic estimates obtained through posture matching, rigid link modelling and an EMG-assisted model. Applied Ergonomics 42(5): 644-651, 2011.
  • Callaghan, J.P., Gregory, D.E., Durkin, J.L. Do NIRS measures relate to subjective discomfort during sedentary tasks? International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 40(2): 165-170, 2010.
  • Gregory, D.E. and Callaghan, J.P. Does vibration influence the initiation of intervertebral disc herniation? An examination of herniation occurrence using a porcine cervical disc model. Spine 36(4): E225-231, 2011.
  • Callaghan, J.P., Coke, S.K., Beach, T.A.C. Gender and time varying postural and discomfort responses during prolonged driving. Occupational Ergonomics 9(1): 41-53, 2010.
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