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Dr Fadi Al Zoubi
PolyU Scholars Hub


Assistant Professor

PhD (McGill), MSc (McGill), MSc PT (NYIT), BSc (JUST)


Dr Al Zoubi attained his BSc degree in physiotherapy from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and professional MSc degree from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He earned his research-based MSc and PhD degrees in rehabilitation with a major in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and a minor in low back pain from McGill University. He later completed postdoctoral training in measurement and knowledge translation in evidence-based practice at McGill University. Dr Al Zoubi taught in the professional Master in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programmes as well as in the graduate rehabilitation sciences programme at McGill University. He worked as a licensed physiotherapist in Jordan and Canada for several years, focusing on musculoskeletal and geriatric conditions.

Dr Al Zoubi’s research focuses on implementing clinical practice guideline recommendations and best practices to improve patient care and health outcomes, developing innovative outcome measures for lumbar spine mobility, developing a robust measurement approach for constructs around evidence-based practice using modern measurement theory, bridging the evidence-to-practice gaps in rehabilitation practices based on theoretical approaches, and understanding the health indicators for people with back pain and older adults. He is an expert in methodologies of knowledge synthesis such as scoping reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and clinical practice guidelines. Furthermore, he has a wide expertise in measurement, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and large database analyses.

Dr Al Zoubi has received numerous academic awards, fellowships, and grants from several research agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), and Richard and Edith Strauss Foundation of Canada. His research has been published in recognized peer-reviewed international journals such as Implementation Science, BMC Health Services Research, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Clinical Rehabilitation, and Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy, Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, New York Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science, McGill University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University

Research Interests

  • Developing and implementing clinical practice guidelines
  • Developing outcome measures for evidence-based practice constructs
  • Knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation
  • Geriatric physiotherapy
  • Classification and management of spine pain
  • Health care services and population health for chronic conditions
  • Professional behaviour changes in educational and clinical settings

Research Output

  • Eilayyan O, Thomas A, Hallé MC, Ahmed S, Tibbles AC, Jacobs C, Mior S, Davis C, Evans R, Schneider MJ, Owens H, Zoubi FA, Barnsley J, Long CR, Bussières A. Promoting the use of self-management in patients with spine pain managed by chiropractors and chiropractic interns: Barriers and design of a theory-based knowledge translation intervention. Chiropr Man Therap. 2019 Oct 16;27:44.
  • AL Zoubi F, French S, Patey A, Mayo N, Bussières A. Professional barriers and facilitators to using stratified care approaches for managing non-specific low back pain: A qualitative study with Canadian physiotherapists and chiropractors. Chiropr Man Therap. 2019 Dec 13;27:68.
  • Auais M, Al-Zoubi F, Matheson A, Brown K, Magaziner J, French SD. Understanding the role of social factors in recovery after hip fractures: A scoping review. Health Soc Care Community. 2019 Nov;27(6):1375-1387.
  • Al Zoubi F, Mayo N, Rochette A, Thomas A. Applying modern measurement approaches to constructs relevant to evidence-based practice among Canadian physical and occupational therapists. Implementation Science. 2018;13:152.
  • Eilayyan O, Thomas A, Hallé M, Ahmed S, Tibbles A, Jacobs C, Mior S, Davis C, Evans R, Schneider M, Alzoubi F, Barnsley J, Long C, Bussières A. Promoting the use of self-management in novice chiropractors treating individuals with spine pain: The design of a theory-based knowledge translation intervention. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2018;19:328.
  • Al Zoubi F, Menon A, Mayo N, Bussières A. The effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) interventions to improve the uptake and application of clinical practice guidelines and best practices on musculoskeletal disorders among musculoskeletal professionals: Systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun 8;18(1):435.
  • Bussières AE, Stewart G, Al-Zoubi F, Decina P, Descarreaux M, Haskett D, et al. Spinal manipulative therapy and other conservative treatments for low back pain: A guideline from the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2018 May;41(4):265-293.
  • Al Zoubi FM, Eilayyan O, Mayo NE, Bussières AE. Evaluation of cross-cultural adaptation and measurement properties of STarT Back Screening Tool: A systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017 Oct;40(8):558-572.
  • Bussières AE, Stewart G, Al Zoubi F, Decina P, Descarreaux M, Hayden J, Hendrickson B, Hincapié C, Pagé I, Passmore S, Srbely J, Stupar M, Weisberg J, Ornelas J. The treatment of whiplash and neck pain associated disorders: Clinical practice guideline from the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI). J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Oct;39(8):523-564.
  • Mayo NE, Kaur N, Barbic SP, Fiore J, Barclay R, Finch L, Kuspinar A, Asano M, Figueiredo S, Aburub AS, Alzoubi F, Arafah A, Askari S, Bakhshi B, Bouchard V, Higgins J, Hum S, Inceer M, Letellier ME, Lourenco C, Mate K, Salbach NM, Moriello C. How have research questions and methods used in clinical trials published in Clinical Rehabilitation changed over the last 30 years? Clin Rehabil. 2016 Sep;30(9):847-864.

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