Dr. Michelle Nelson is a health
services researcher at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory in Research and
Innovation. She is an Assistant Professor (Status) within the Division
of Clinical Public Health - Dalla Lana School of Public Health
(University of Toronto) and an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University
in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.
She holds an MA and a PhD from University of Manitoba.
Dr. Nelson’s program of research is funded through grants from CIHR
and donors such as Manulife. Her program of research focuses on issues
related to providing rehabilitative care for complex patients. It is
designed to foster partnerships between rehabilitation researchers and
knowledge users to produce research that directly responds to the
information needs of clinicians and administrators, as well as expedite
the application of study findings into the provision of rehabilitation
Her previous work has shown that much of the stroke rehabilitation
evidence used to develop clinical guidelines exclude patients with
comorbidities, and that clinicians rely on experience and teamwork to
manage this patient population.
Building on these results, she is working to understand how
clinicians successfully manage patients with multiple health and social
concerns in order to identify scalable clinical principles and
In addition to academic publications and presentation, Dr. Nelson’s
work has clinical level impact. Her work has driven best-practice
changes that earned Bridgepoint’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program a
Stroke Distinction Award from Accreditation Canada, one of only eight
rehabilitation hospitals in Ontario to earn the distinction.