Assistant Professor

Sander Hitzig

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

PhD

Location
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - St. John's Rehab Research Program
Address
285 Cummer Avenue, 160 - 500 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M2M 2G1
Research Interests
Occupational Science, Rehabilitation Health Services Studies, Rehabilitation Technology Sciences, Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences
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Dr. Sander Hitzig is a Scientist at St. John’s Rehab Research Program (Sunnybrook Research Institute) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Assistant Professor (status-only) in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. The focus of Dr. Hitzig’s research is on examining issues associated with aging with a disability, assessing the impact of secondary health conditions on quality of life, and identifying factors that promote health and well-being in the community. His interests include understanding the role of social networks on health and quality of life outcomes following disability, developing and validating patient-reported outcomes, and evaluating novel technologies and clinical services designed to enhance community living.


Research Synopsis

The focus of Dr. Hitzig’s research is on examining issues associated with aging with a disability, assessing the impact of primary impairments and secondary health conditions on quality of life, and identifying factors that promote health and well-being in the community.

His interests include understanding the role of social networks on health and quality of life outcomes following disability, developing and validating patient-reported outcomes, and evaluating novel technologies and clinical services designed to enhance community living.


Recent Publications

  1. Self-management of pain and depression in adults with spinal cord injury: A scoping review.
    Cadel L, DeLuca C, Hitzig SL, Packer TL, Lofters AK, Patel T, Guilcher SJT.
    J Spinal Cord Med. 2018 Oct 18:1-18. 
  2. Prescription drug claims following a traumatic spinal cord injury for older adults: a retrospective population-based study in Ontario, Canada.
    Guilcher SJT, Hogan ME, Calzavara A, Hitzig SL, Patel T, Packer T, Lofters AK.
    Spinal Cord. 2018 Nov;56(11):1059-1068. 
  3. The experiences of physical rehabilitation in individuals with spinal cord injuries: a qualitative thematic synthesis.
    Unger J, Singh H, Mansfield A, Hitzig SL, Lenton E, Musselman KE.
    Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Jan 15:1-18. 
  4. Evaluating the efficacy of functional electrical stimulation therapy assisted walking after chronic motor incomplete spinal cord injury: effects on bone biomarkers and bone strength.
    Craven BC, Giangregorio LM, Alavinia SM, Blencowe LA, Desai N, Hitzig SL, Masani K, Popovic MR.
    J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Nov;40(6):748-758.
  5. A Review on Community-Based Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) Initiatives for Promoting Well-Being in Older Adults.
    Syed MA, Moorhouse A, McDonald L, Hitzig SL.
    J Evid Inf Soc Work. 2017 Jul-Aug;14(4):280-300.