Janessa D M Drake

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

2030 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 33568

Email address(es):

jdrake@yorku.ca

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science

Degrees

PhD -
University of Waterloo

MSc -
University of Guleph

BSc -
University of Guelph

Biography

 Dr. Janessa Drake specializes in the area of Spine Biomechanics. At York she has taught courses in anatomy, introductory and advanced biomechanics of human movement, low back disorders and performance, and clinical biomechanics at the undergraduate level, and instrumentation, signal processing and modelling at the graduate level. She was awarded the Faculty of Health, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

Currently, her research is focused on understanding the acute and time varying responses and neuromuscular control of the thoracic and lumbar spine, and the possible associated injury mechanisms and resulting pain pathways due to combined loading of exercise and industrial exposures. Her work includes examination of the effects of modifying factors including sex, age, fatigue, and fitness level. She also investigates anatomical relationships of spine passive and active structures using ultrasound and MRI.   Her goal is to enhance injury prediction, prevention, and rehabilitation.  Dr. Drake is currently funded by a five year NSERC Discovery Grant, and has been funded by Ministry of Labour: Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) grants and a MITACS Accelerate.

Her research related service work includes serving as a Scientific Committee Member for CRE-MSD since 2012 and a Canadian Society for Biomechanics Executive Member since 2014. At York she has served in KHS as a reviewer for Masters and PhD level NSERC graduate and undergraduate (USRA) scholarships, and Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and at the University level for NSERC undergraduate scholarships.

Selected Publications

Note: Dr. Drake’s students are underlined.                                


Full Publication Listhttp://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=THbCf2QAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Schinkel-Ivy, A., Drake, J.D.M. Breast size impacts postural muscle activation and spine motion. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 2016 Feb 19. [Epub ahead of print] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26966826


Nairn, B.C., Sutherland, C.A., Drake, J.D.M.  Location of instability during a bench press alters movement patterns and electromyographical activity. Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 2015 Nov; 29(11): 3162-3170. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25932979


Schinkel-Ivy, A., Drake, J.D.M. Sequencing of superficial trunk muscle activation during range-of-motion tasks. Human Movement Science, 2015 Oct; 43: 67-77, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26209971


Schinkel-Ivy, A., Drake, J.D.M. Which motion segments are required to sufficiently characterize the kinematic behavior of the trunk? Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2015 Apr; 25(2): 239-246. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25616858


Babiolakis, C.S., Kuk, J.L., Drake, J.D.M. Differences in lumbopelvic control and occupational behaviours in female nurses with and without a recent history of low back pain due to back injury. Ergonomics, 2015 Feb; 58(2): 235-245. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25400080


Cotter, B., Nairn, B., Drake, J.D.M. Should a standing or seated reference posture be used to normalize seated spine kinematics? Journal of Biomechanics, 47(10): 2371-2377, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24835562  


 


Schinkel-Ivy, A.Nairn, B.C.Drake, J.D.M. Investigation of trunk muscle co-contraction and its association with low back pain development during prolonged sitting. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 23(4): 778-786, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23489715

Other Research Outputs

Affiliations

Canadian Society for Biomechanics
Member

Association of Canadian Ergonomists
Member

Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Researcher, Scientific Committee Member

Awards

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Early Career) - 2013

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Understanding the acute and time varying responses and neuromuscular control of the spine and the possible associated injury mechanisms; biomechanical evaluation of exercise and industrial exposures; effects of modifying factors including sex, age, fatigue, and fitness level; muscle activation (EMG) and signal processing.   

Research Projects

Can a neuromuscular training insole alter low back muscular and postural responses?
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $30000
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: MITACS Accelerate

Loading trade-offs between low back and shoulder during custodial tasks.
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $9083
Year Funded: 2013
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Biomechanics
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $145000
Year Funded: 2012
Duration: 5
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council