Linda Li

Senior Scientist, Implementation Science, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD, FCAHS



  • Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
  • Harold Robinson Chair/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases
  • Canada Research Chair, Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation

Research Interests

  • Models of care in the management of arthritis
  • Development and evaluation of knowledge translation strategies

Dr. Linda Li is Professor and holds the Harold Robinson/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, and Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada. Her research in implementation science focuses on strategies to enhance patient care and support self-care activities. Specifically, her work revolves around the integration of digital tools to improve clinical practice. Examples include the use of interactive decision aids to enhance communication between patients and health professionals, and the use of wearables and apps to promote physical activity in chronic disease management.

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Dr. Li’s work in integrated knowledge translation has led to a series of studies that examine the benefits and risks of involving patients as research partners. Findings of these studies have contributed to the development of two products: a conceptual framework for meaningful patient engagement and an outcome measure to evaluate the quality of such engagement.

Dr. Li’s research has been recognized by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (now Health Research BC) Career Investigator Award (2011-20), and a Canada Research Chair in Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation (2014-24). She was selected for the U.S. Association of Rheumatology Professionals Distinguished Scholar Award (2015) and Distinguished Educator Award (2022). In 2019, she was inducted as Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.