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Dr. Michelle Nelson

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Dr. Michelle Nelson is a Research Scientist in the Collaboratory for Research and Innovation in the Sinai Health System as well as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Having clinical experience as a recreation therapist, her research focuses on the organization and delivery of patient/family centred rehabilitation and community reintegration services. In recent years she has become specifically interested in understanding the role and contributions of volunteers in health care and how volunteers can be leveraged as a health human resource that can improve patient outcomes. She currently leads the International Foundation for Integrated

Care (IFIC) Special Interest Group ' Partnering with Volunteers and the Voluntary Sector for Integrated Care' in an effort to build an international network of researchers and collaborators interested in this work. In 2018 Dr. Nelson was also elected to the World Stroke Organization Board of Directors. She is also a member of the International Reablement Research Network, which convenes international scholars who have an interest in helping older adults maintain independence at home. 

Research Team

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Rachel is a Registered Nurse who works in addictions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She has worked with Dr. Nelson for many years and is now under her supervision as she completes her Master's degree. Her research interests include the role of volunteerism and the third sector in the provision of health and social care. The topic of her Master’s thesis is the current and potential role of nongovernmental organizations in the community reintegration of people post stroke.

MSc Candidate, IHPME, University of Toronto



Alana graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2017 and began working with Dr. Nelson at the Collaboratory  in 2018. Having a background in the social sciences and health systems she is interested in the impact health services have on patients and their families, and how to better integrate health care services with people's everyday lives.  Currently she is working with Dr. Nelson on a variety of projects, many of which center around the third sector and health care.  

Research Coordinator, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation


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Sheila has been with the Collaboratory since 2011. She works with Finance, Human Resources, IT and Grants Administration to provide infrastructure for the Collaboratory's research activities, and serves as the operations liaison between Bridgepoint and Mount Sinai sites of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. she enjoys tai chi, qigong and meditation and has a special interest in stress management and work/life balance. 

Research Office Manager, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation


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