Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2015 Recipient


Angela Colantonio, PhD,OTR, FACRM

Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy where she holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health focusing on brain injury. She is also a Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where she held the inaugural Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research from 2003-2013. Dr. Colantonio received her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University, and an MSc in Community Health and a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. Dr. Colantonio is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American College of Epidemiology.

Dr. Colantonio leads a broad, internationally recognized program of research on acquired brain injury (ABI) examiningABIin the population, targeting injury prevention and post-acute care with a special focus on howABIimpacts the lives of those most vulnerable to health service inequities, such as homeless and criminalized people and older adults. Dr. Colantonio's research program also examines work-related TBI, long term outcomes among women withABI, the impact of sex/gender on outcomes, and innovative approaches to intervention, such as the use of theatre as a knowledge mobilization strategy. She carried out the first comprehensive study on long term outcomes after TBI among women, primarily focused on reproductive health; she is instrumental in developing an international, interdisciplinary task force addressing issues related to girls and women with an acquired brain injury which she currently chairs, and in asserting a stronger presence for research on girls and women withABI.

Dr. Colantonio's contributions to research are formidable: She has authored over 200 publications and has given over 300 presentations to research, clinical and lay audiences; she has been principal investigator on 64 grants and co-investigator on 42 grants. She has supervised over 80 graduate students as well as numerous post graduate fellows, undergraduates, and high school students. In 2014, she received a Graduate Faculty Teaching Award from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto for her role as a Graduate Student Mentor. Additional awards include a Leadership Award from the Ontario Rehabilitation Research Advisory Network and a national Research Award from the Brain Injury Association of Canada. She currently serves on the Board of Brain Injury Canada.