Johanne Mattie, MASC
Johanne Mattie has a Masters in Bio-medical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. After completing her degree, Johanne worked with the Rehabilitation Engineering group at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health in Victoria. Subsequently she worked for the Neil Squire Society Research and Development Group in Burnaby.
Johanne’s work focusses on the research, development and design of health care related technology and assistive devices. Her experience spans the areas of human factors engineering, product development, and device evaluation.
Some of the projects Johanne has been involved with in recent years include:
- Development and evaluation of an ultralight wheelchair with on-the-fly adjustability of rear seat height, backrest angle, and a “kneeling” function
- Development and evaluation of an integrated staircase lift for home access
- A randomized double blind trial with laboratory and community testing of different prosthetic feet to evaluate biomechanical characteristics, patient preference and activity level
- A survey of stakeholder perspectives on exoskeleton technology
- An integrated exoskeleton-wheelchair mobility concept
- The BCIT e-health Accelerator- providing usability expertise to assist with e-health technology adoption
- A community based approach to reducing the barriers to the acceptance of new technologies by older adults
- Development and evaluation of an affordable lift device to reduce musculo-skeletal injuries among home support workers