Kelly O’Brien PhD, PT


Kelly O'Brien PhD, PT

Dr. Kelly O’Brien is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on examining the episodic nature of disability experienced by adults aging with HIV and determining the effectiveness of exercise interventions to improve health outcomes for people aging with HIV. Specifically her research involves developing the Episodic Disability Framework from the perspective of adults living with HIV, developing and assessing the properties of a new HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ) to measure the presence, severity and episodic nature of disability, and examining the effectiveness of community-based exercise (CBE) interventions for adults living with HIV. Kelly led the formation of the Canada-International HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC), comprised of over 80 researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV, community organization representatives, and policy stakeholders with an interest in advancing the field of HIV and rehabilitation research. 

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