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Michelle LA Nelson; MA, PhD

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Dr. Michelle Nelson leads the Voluncaring Research Lab as part of the Science of Care Institute. Her research focuses on understanding the role and contributions of volunteers in health care and how to leverage volunteers as a health human resource. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto and since 2020 has held the role of Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at March Of Dimes Canada. Through her research and focused on integrated knowledge translation and mobilization, Dr. Nelson strives to create new ways of delivering patient/family centred rehabilitation and community reintegration services.

Research Team


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Postdoctoral Fellow


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Research Coordinator, Science of Care Institute; Sinai Health


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Research Coordinator, Science of Care Institute; Sinai Health


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Research Office Manager, Science of Care Institute; Sinai Health

Evan MacEachern is a trained research methodologist with skills in primary data collection, database management, statistical analysis, knowledge synthesis, and knowledge  translation.  With a MSc in Rehabilitation Research from Dalhousie University (2022) and a BKin (Honours), Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto (2020), his research interests include community-based epidemiology, complexity, cardiovascular health, frailty, and rehabilitation health services.

Dr. Saragosa is a registered nurse with a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. In 2021/22, Dr. Saragosa was the recipient of a CIHR Health Systems Impact Fellowship (trainee), where she was embedded within a home care organization and conducted a mixed methods study on the care transition experience and readmission rates of home care clients in Ontario. As a postdoctoral fellow she actively engages in program evaluation and care transition research using novel visual research methods. As an emerging early career researcher, Dr. Saragosa is interested in being a connector by building quality relationships and sharing knowledge, ideas, and connections. 

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