Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience
212-2177 Wesbrook mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Lab Location

Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604 827 5951

Additional Lab

Research Pavilion, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
109-828 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Tel: 604 875 4111 ext. 69056



work phone: 6048754111 ext:69059
fax: 6048755129
  • PHTH 526 Clinical Decision Making 2
  • PHTH 528 (Hip Fracture Prevention)
  • UBC Co-Lead for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Ageing
  • Associate Editorial Board Member for the British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Editorial Board Member for Physical Therapy
  • Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Member of the Physical Therapy Association of BC


Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, is a Canada Research Chair and a physical therapist at the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy. She directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory ( as well as the Vancouver General Hospital’s Falls Prevention Clinic (

Her research program focuses on defining the role of exercise to promote healthy aging, with a particular focus on cognitive and neural plasticity, as well as mobility. Various method are utilized, including randomized controlled trials, functional neuroimaging, and actigraphy,

Dr. Liu-Ambrose works collaboratively with faculty in Psychology, Neurology, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care and Epidemiology. Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an investigator with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. She also co-leads the UBC data collection site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

For more information on The Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Function Lab, please visit:

Training Opportunities:

    Dr. Liu-Ambrose is currently accepting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with a strong background in psychology, kinesiology, neurosciences, or computer sciences.
    It is highly recommended that potential trainees apply for all possible external sources of funding (e.g., MSFHR, CIHR) and contact Dr. Liu-Ambrose well in advance to these funding deadlines.
    Interested? Forward the following information to Dr. Liu-Ambrose:

  • An updated CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A one-page letter outlining your research experience and goals

Selected Publications


1.      Bolandzadeh N, LIU-AMBROSE T, Aizenstein H, Harris T, Launer L, Yaffe K, Kritchevsky SB, Newman A, Rosano C. Pathways Linking Focal Hyperintensities in the Brain and Slower Gait. Neuroimage, 2014; 99:7-13.


2.      Best JR, Nagamatsu LS, LIU-AMBROSE T. Improvements to executive function during resistance training predict maintenance of physical activity over the following year. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2014;8:353.


3.      ten Brinke LF, Bolandzadeh N, Nagamatsu LS, Hsu CL, Davis JC, Khan KM, LIU-AMBROSE T. Aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume in older women with probable mild cognitive impairment: A 6-month randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2014 Apr 7. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093184. [Epub ahead of print]


4.      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. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2012; 172(8): 666-8.


5.      Voss M, Nagamatsu LS, LIU-AMBROSE T, Kramer AF. Exercise, brain, and cognition across the lifespan. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2011; Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21527670.


6.      LIU-AMBROSE T, Nagamatsu LS, Voss M, Khan KM, Handy TC. Resistance training and cortical plasticity. Neurobiology of Aging, 2011; July 6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21741129.


7.      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.