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Chris Bertram

Dr. Chris Bertram, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology

Chilliwack campus at CEP, A1381

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 2225

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BSc, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
MSc, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
PhD, Simon Fraser University
Post-doctoral fellowship, Arizona State University 

Teaching Interests

Motor Learning
Motor Control
Research Methods and Statistics 

Research Interests

1. Motor Control and Parkinson’s Disease

My research primarily focuses on the neural control of human movement. Within the context of motor behavior, my recent work has focused on the control of multi-joint coordination in young healthy controls, older adults, and people afflicted with Parkinson's disease.

Specifically, my research investigates the kinematics of upper limb movements such as reaching and grasping and how a neurodegenerative disorder such as Parkinson's disease affects the intricate coordination involved in such actions.

2. Motor Learning

My research in motor learning is directed toward further our understanding of how to structure learning environments.  Central to this pursuit is the notion that novice performers require vastly different conidtions in the learning process than do experts or elite-level performers.  The specific areas of study in my lab include feedback modalities in learning, practice conditions and organization, and testing the effectiveness of training aids.

3. Motor Development

My research interests in motor development focus on the motor abilities of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).  I am currently working with KPE colleagues Alison Pritchard Orr and Dr. Kathy Keiver on a project is entitled:  Toward Exercise Intervention for Children with FASD:A Strength Based Approach.  The 3-year project is funded by the Victoria Foundation.  To read more about the project, click here. (at this point, I would like to link to the press release for our project which is here:


Bertram, C.P., Marteniuk, R.G., Guadagnoli, M.A. (In Press).  On the use and misuse of video feedback.  Annual Review of Golf Coaching.

Bertram, C.P., Lemay, M., and Stelmach, G.E. (2005). The effect of Parkinson’s disease on the control of multi-segmental coordination. Brain and Cognition, 57:1,16-20.

Lemay, M., Bertram, C.P., and Stelmach, G.E. (2004).Pointing to an allocentric and egocentric remembered target.  Motor Control. 8:1, 16-32.
Lemay, M., Bertram, C.P., and Stelmach, G.E. (2004).Pointing to an allocentric and egocentric remembered target in younger and older adults. Experimental Aging Research, 30, 391-406.

Marteniuk, R.G., and Bertram, C.P. (2001). Contributions of gait and trunk movement to prehension: Perspectives from world- and body-centered coordinates. Motor Control., 5:2, 151-164.

Marteniuk, R.G., Ivens, C. J., and Bertram, C.P. (2000)Evidence of motor equivalence in a pointing task involving locomotion.  Motor Control, 4;2, 165-184.

Marteniuk, R.G. and Bertram, C.P. (1999) On achieving strong inference in prehension research.  Motor Control, 3, 272-275.

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The kinesiology program has not only exposed me to the theory, but has equipped me with a vast amount of practical knowledge, applications, and tools to use in the future. This program has led me to pursue a career in medicine where I can have a positive impact on other and help them live a healthy life.

  • – P.J. Retief
  •    Kinesiology (Class of 2017)

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