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Geoff Dover PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
Concordia University

Geoff Dover is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Certified Athletic Trainer. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph he completed his Athletic Therapy training at Sheridan College. He then earned his master’s degree and PhD at the University of Florida. Dr. Dover was the director of the Graduate Athletic Training program at the University of Florida before starting his position here at Concordia in 2008.

Research interests

We attempt to answer why some people feel more pain than others, and how that increase in pain affects recovery and function. My research interests include implementing a novel biopsychosocial model that considers the potentially interactive roles played by psychological and functional risk factors in the development of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Chronic pain is a prevalent, disabling, and costly problem for our society. Clinical outcomes following treatment of musculoskeletal disorders are often unfavorable and, as a result, represent a significant source of chronic disability. My research attempts to determine the risk factors that lead to increased pain perception and decreased function in a variety of populations.