Dr. Michelle Nelson
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.