Stuart Donaldson, PhD Biography

Stuart Donaldson, PhDChristopher Charles Stuart Donaldson received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1989. He is presently an adjunct professor in Applied Psychology at the University. His original interests lay in the area of surface electromyography (SEMG), studying muscle activity and low back pain. His doctoral works lead to the development of the use of SEMG in dynamic assessment and treatment in various muscle conditions. He studied myofascial pain syndromes, carpal tunnel syndromes, low back pain and headaches. In 1995, his work on headaches was recognized as he won the prestigious award “The Outstanding Contribution To The Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature” as presented by the American Journal of Pain Management.

In 1995, he became interested in fibromyalgia combining the SEMG work with qEEG assessments. The first piece of research indicated there are subgroups in the fibromyalgia population which can be documented through the use of the qEEG. In 2000, Stu was appointed to the Expert Consensus Panel by the National Fibromyalgia Association and Government of Canada to study and develop a consensus document about fibromyalgia. He has published extensively in the areas of chronic pain, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia.

His present interests include the use of the qEEG and SEMG in combination in evaluating chronic pain patients. He has been the director of the Myosymmetries – Calgary clinic since its inception in 1985. The clientele seen at Myosymmetries varies from chronic pain, to ADD, to Asperger’s syndrome, to mild traumatic brain injury, usually post motor vehicle accident, and fibromyalgia. The staff of 6 is truly inter-disciplinary including massage therapy, SEMG muscle therapy, EEG neurotherapy, and psychology. Stu jokingly refers to himself as “a jack of all trades”.

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