Dennis Valdez, PhD, CAT (C)


Academic Title: Associate Professor



PhD, University of Calgary

MSESS, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

BA, York University (Toronto, ON)


Contact Information

Email: dvaldez@mtroyal.ca

Phone: 403-440-8669


Dennis started at MRU in 2009. For his master's thesis, he explored biomechanical and performance differences between the preferred and non-preferred legs. For his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the impact of adjusting feedback parameters on knowledge and performance development in athletic therapy students using high-fidelity simulation. His current research interests include chronic pain management and concussions.

Dennis also currently sits on the CATA Board of Directors as well as several committees within MRU.


Areas of Instruction

Athletic Therapy

Anatomy, prevention and care

Personal Fitness Trainers


Areas of Scholarship


Chronic Pain

Medical Education


Selected Publications

Lafave, M., Yeo, M., Westbrook, K., Eubank, B., McAllister, J., Valdez, D. (2016). Content Validation of Athletic Therapy Clinical Presentations in Canada. Athletic Training Education Journal (Vol. 11(2) pp. 82-87).

Lafave, M., Bergeron, G., Klassen, C., Valdez, D., McKenzie, K., Parr, K., Elliott, J., Streed, K., Peeler, J., DeMont, R., Orrechio, E. (2016). Consensus Statements from the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association (CATA) Education Task Force. Athletic Training Education Journal (Vol. 11(1)).

Yeo, M., Lafave, M., Westbrook, K., Valdez, D., Eubank, B., McAllister, J. (2016). Curricular Change: Deepening Professional Community. Transformative Dialogues.

Yeo, M., Lafave, M., Westbrook, K., McAllister, J., Valdez, F., Eubank, B. (2016). Impact of Decoding Work within a Professional Program. New Directions for Teaching and Learning.


Selected Presentations

(2019). Foam rolling, flexibility and fascia: Myths and misconceptions. CATA Conference, Calgary, AB.

Price, S., Bouma, J., Brown, S., Coupland, G., O'Connor, K. (2019). Practicum – Learning Beyond the Classroom. Celebrate Teaching and Learning at MRU, MRU.

(2017). Neuromuscular Control and Tackling Dysfunction: New Trends?. Learn, Apply, Build 2017.

(2016). Contemporary Ideas on Concussion Assessment, Treatment, and Management: What Exercise Professionals need to know. Perspectives in Exercise, Health, and Fitness, Kananaskis, Alberta.

Valdez, D., Thunstrom, S., Dleikan, D. (2018). A new socio-ecological model of first responder care: Student perception of a provider–patient communication activity in a pre-hospital setting. Edulearn 2018. (Mallorca, Spain)


Relevant Community Service

CATA Board of Directors


Link to professional website