Nov 23, 2022  |  12:10pm - 1:00pm

Leadership Rehab Rounds: Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID

"Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID"

Jill Cameron, PhD, MSc, BHSc
Co-director, Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID

Kelly O’Brien, PhD, BScPT
Co-director, Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID

Kiera McDuff, MScPT, BSc (Hons.) Kin
Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID

Dr. Jill Cameron is Professor and Vice Chair Research in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Affiliated Scientist at KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation University Health Network. She is Co-Director of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID-19 at the University of Toronto and is a member of the CanCOVID research network. Her primary research interest is to understand the experiences and needs of family members who assume the role of caregiver for individuals with disability. Dr. Cameron aims to enhance models of health care delivery such that they provide timely and relevant support to assist caregivers with their caregiving activities and pursuit of other valued activities and interests. Her research emphasizes support for transitions across care environments. The ultimate goal of her research is to enhance the health and wellbeing of people affected by disability and their caregivers to optimize life in the community.

Dr. Kelly O’Brien, PhD, PT is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation. Kelly is cross appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI).

Kelly’s research is focused in the area of episodic disability, chronic illness and rehabilitation. Using HIV and Long COVID as exemplars, her research involves characterizing the episodic nature of disability experienced by people aging with chronic disease (Episodic Disability Framework), developing and assessing the properties of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) of episodic disability (Episodic Disability Questionnaire) and examining the implementation of community-based rehabilitation interventions to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic disease (Community-Based Exercise Study).

Kelly is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.  She co-founded the Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC) (http://cihrrc.ca), an international network of over 100 stakeholders with an interest in addressing research priorities and translating evidence in HIV and rehabilitation research. She is a Co-Director of Disability and Rehabilitation with Long COVID Physio.

Kiera McDuff is a physiotherapist with clinical experience in acute care and, in particular, Critical Care. She is the Research Coordinator for Dr. Kelly O’Brien’s Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation Research Lab at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, she has been involved in conducting and analyzing interviews on the experiences of disability among people living with Long COVID as part of the Long COVID and Episodic Disability Study. Kiera is also the Program Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID at the University of Toronto. This Network is leading an international collaborative with the aim to enable innovation and excellence in COVID-19 rehabilitation research. She also continues to practice clinically as a Physiotherapist at Toronto Western Hospital. Kiera is a strong advocate for the role of physiotherapists in promoting the health and well-being of patients across the spectrum of the healthcare system and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.


Leadership Rehab Rounds is an opportunity for students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and invited experts to share research and foster collaborations.

Stream live at: Zoom
Dial in: 647-374-4685, Meeting ID: 861 5077 1026Passcode: 507520

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/86150771026

Rehabilitation Science Research Network for COVID