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Paul Yielder

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3008
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2768

Research topics

  • computed tomography
  • MRI/fMRI
  • ultrasound
  • anatomical modelling
  • musculoskeletal MRI
  • neuroanatomy
  • neuroscience
  • performance asymmetry
  • psychopathology


Dr. Paul Yielder completed undergraduate qualifications in education at the University of Durham, U.K., and in Medical Diagnostic Radiography attached to the College of Radiographers in London, U.K. in the 1970s.

In 1979, he moved to New Zealand where he assumed a senior clinical teaching position training diagnostic imaging practitioners within the New Zealand health-care system. He served as an accredited examiner for the College of Radiographers while being employed as a Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging programs at Unitec Auckland. He was co-responsible for the professional development, authorship, accreditation and maintenance of the Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging) and Master of Health Science (Medical Imaging) degrees - pre-eminent qualifications within the medical imaging field in New Zealand and Australia and highly regarded in the international medical imaging community. During this time he was also involved in the inaugural development of the government-sponsored New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and served as a high school guidance counsellor for three years during a critical period of reorganization of New Zealand high school education, known as Tomorrow's Schools.

Since 1995 he has consolidated and developed interests in clinical anatomy, clinical neuroscience and neuropsychiatry associated with advanced clinical imaging techniques - particularly structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

In 2003 he began PhD work in collaboration with colleagues from the Russian State Classical Academy in Moscow, Russia. He completed this degree through the International Doctoral School at the University of Alborg in Denmark in March 2009. In December 2007 he came to UOIT to undertake teaching, educational and research responsibilities.

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Advanced Topics in Neuromuscular Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Human Motor Control and Learning
  • Introduction to Movement Science
  • Managing Health-care Teams
  • Medical Imaging
  • Theory and Practice of Interpersonal Communication

Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

  • Research in the Health Sciences

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

  • Mental health: cerebral disorders; depression
  • Neurosciences: neuroanatomy
  • Radiology/radiation biology/nuclear medicine: biomedical modelling; cerebrovascular physiology

Research background and interests:

Dr. Yielder's primary research interests are sourced from his background in diagnostic medical imaging, clinical anatomy and neuroscience. He is a clinical specialist in modality imaging, including computed tomography/ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. His primary interests are in the design application and contribution of fMRI techniques to neuroscience - kinesiology and neuropsychiatry with a complimentary interest in human laterality and asymmetry research. He also has a parallel interest in developmental neurobiology and neuropsychology applied to therapeutic relationships in clinical practice and clinical supervision.

  • Lakeridge Health Oshawa
  • Rotman Research Institute
  • Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) thesis co-supervisor for Erin Dancey (2010-in progress) – Working title: The Effect of Experimental Pain on Sensorimotor Integration and Cortico-motor Output.
  • MHSc thesis co-supervisor for Joanne Gourgouvelis (2010-in progress) – Working title: The Role of Exercise in Promoting Hippocampal Activation and Improving Memory.


  • Recent publications
    • Andrew, D., Yielder, P., Haavik, H. Dancey, E., Murphy, B. (2014) Somatosensory evoked potentials show plastic changes following a novel motor training task with the thumb. Clinical Neurophysiology 232(9): 2879-89.
    • Baarbe, J., Yielder, P., Behbahami, H., Daligadu, J., Haavik, H., Muphy, B., (2014) A Novel Protocol to Investigate Motor Training-Induced Plasticity and Sensorimotor Integration in the Cerebellum and Motor Cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 111(4):715-21.
    • Gutnik, B., Henneberg, M and Yielder, P (2010). Some Mechanical Muscle Properties as Possible Indicators of the Peripheral Characteristics of Manual Asymmetry. Journal of Human Physiology.
    • Yielder, P (2010). The Mechanical and Physiological Properties of the First Dorsal Interosseous Muscle. An approach to the “Peripheral” Mechanisms of lateralization. VPN Online publication PhD thesis and appended publications SMI Alborg University (Denmark). ISBN (electronic) 978-87-7094-030-6.
    • Yielder, P (2009). A Possible Anatomical and Biomechanical Explanation of the 10% Rule Used in the Clinical Assessment of Prehensile Hand Movements and Handed Dominance. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 19(6), e472-e480. 
  • Recent conference presentations
    • Brown, J and Yielder, P (2010).  Development of a Technique to Determine Some Characteristics of the Neural Drive of the Paired First Dorsal Interossei Hand Muscles using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Research Forum – Practicum (poster presentation) Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT.
    • Yielder, P, Bosse, J, Daligadu, J, and Haavik, TH (2010). Motor Training Changes processing of Early- Cerebellar and Cortical Somatosensory Evoked Potentials special session - "Altered Afferent Input and Neuroplasticity.” ISEK XVIII Congress International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology, University of Aalborg Denmark, pg 82.
    • Daligadu, J and Yielder, P (2010). TMS Stimulus Response Recruitment Curve Asymmetry in Left- and Right-handed Individuals. Student Research Showcase, UOIT, pg 24.
    • Yielder, P, Daligadu, J, Brown, J, and Murphy, (November 16, 2010). TMS Stimulus Response Recruitment Curve Asymmetry in Left-handed individuals. Human Neurophysiology for Voluntary Motor Control Society for Neuroscience (40th meeting, San Diego, California), Session 592.
  • Publications since 2006
    • Yielder, P (2009). The Mechanical Physiological Properties of the First Dorsal Interosseous Muscle in Vivo - An Approach to the “Peripheral” Mechanisms of Lateralization. PhD lecture – Thesis Presentation Aalborg: Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University.
    • Yielder P, Gutnik B, Kobrin V, Leaver J, Guo W. (2007). Viscoelastic Properties of a Skin-and-Muscle Compartment in the Right and the Left Hands. Biophysics, 52, 220-226.Doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2009.02.005.
    • Hamilton, S and Yielder, P. (2005/2006). The Peg View Made Easy. Evaluation of a Positioning Device for Patient Management and Imaging of the Upper Cervical Spine in Acute Spinal Injury. Journal of Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, 6(1).
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