Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Phone: 604 875-4111 e69059

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  • PhD, University of British Columbia (2004)


  • Aging
  • Mobility
  • Cognitive Decline

Research Interests

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is the Research Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Clinic and Director of the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an associate member of the UBC Brain Research Centre and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2004. She completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the area of cognitive science funded by both Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and joined the UBC Department of Physical Therapy in April 2006 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is a recipient of the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award (2006), CIHR Institute of Aging Recognition Prize in Research in Aging (2005 & 2011), MSFHR Career Investigator Award (2006), and CIHR New Investigator Award (2011). Her research focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging and prevent cognitive and functional decline among seniors. Her research has been featured by the New York Times and in the Globe and Mail.

When not running around in the lab, Dr. Liu-Ambrose is running about getting her kids to hockey, swimming, soccer, and piano lessons. She also loves to bake whenever time allows it and taking her dog for swims along the beautiful beaches of Spanish Banks.

Selected Publications

Nagamatsu LS, Handy, TC, Hsu CL, Voss M, Liu-Ambrose T. Resistance training improves cognitive and functional brain plasticity in seniors with probable MCI: A 6-month randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012; 172(8): 666-668.

Hsu CL, Nagamatsu LS, Davis JC, Liu-Ambrose T. Examining the relationship between cognitive function and falls risk in older adults: A systematic review. Osteoporosis International, 2012; 23: 2409-2424.

Liu-Ambrose T, Nagamatsu LS, Graf P, Beattie BL, Ashe MC, Handy TC. Resistance training and executive functions: A 12-month randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010; 170: 170-178.

Liu-Ambrose T, Katarynych LA, Ashe MC, Nagamatsu LS, Hsu CL. Dual-task gait performance among community-dwelling senior women: The role of falls-related self-efficacy and executive functions. Journal of Gerontology (Medical Sciences), 2009; 64: 975-982.

Liu-Ambrose T and Donaldson M. Exercise and Cognition in Older Adults: Is there a Role for Resistance Training Programs? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009; 43: 25-27.