User:Nicole Hills

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Nicole (Hills) Beamish

About Me

Nicole is a physiotherapist with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada). Nicole’s research explores the musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She is passionate about helping to bridge the gap between clinical practice and physiotherapy research.

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Ph.D., School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (2017)

MScPT, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (2010)

BKin, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (2008)

Professional Appointments

Knowledge Translation Manager (Physiopedia)

Professional Affiliations

Registered Physiotherapist with the Ontario College of Physiotherapist

Research Chair for the Women's Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), (2016-present)

Physiopedia Projects

The Women's Health Division's Content Initiative


  1. McGowan E, Beamish N, Stokes E, Lowe R. Core competencies for physiotherapists working with refugees: A scoping review. Physiotherapy. 2020 Apr 30.
  2. Beamish N, Green N, Nieuwold E, McLean L. Differences in linea alba stiffness and linea alba distortion between women with and without diastasis recti abdominis: The impact of measurement site and task. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2019 Sep;49(9):656-65.
  3. Hills NF, McLean L, Graham RB. Diastasis recti and trunk muscle function in women at one-year postpartum. In press at Physical Therapy Journal. 2018.
  4. Hills NF, Keshwani N, McLean L. The influence of ultrasound transducer tilt in the cranial and caudal direction on measurements of inter-rectus distance in parous women. Physiotherapy Canada. 2017; Mar 6:1-5.
  5. Keshwani N, Hills N, Mclean L. Inter-rectus distance measurement using ultrasound imaging: Does the rater matter? Physiotherapy Canada. 2016;68(3):223–9.
  6. Southwell D, Hills NF, McLean L, Graham RB. The acute effects of the abdominal drawing-in maneuver on spine stability and neuromuscular control. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 2016;13(1):1-8

Where you can find me

If you are a researcher or clinical-scientist that is interested in sharing your research with the Physiopedia community I would love to help. You can email me at [email protected] to learn more about how Physiopedia can help.

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