Angela Colantonio

angela-colantonioProfessor; CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health; Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 978-1098


Cross Appointments
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences
  • Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, Institute for Human Development Life Course and Aging
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Faculty Member, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN)
School of Graduate Studies
  • Member

Dr. Colantonio holds a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, and is a Senior Research Scientist at Toronto Rehab, where she held the inaugural Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research. She is a Professor in the Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy with cross appointments in other departments and programs at the University of Toronto. Dr. Colantonio has studied the epidemiology of disability in older people with acquired brain injury, dementia and stroke. Her research currently focuses on traumatic brain injury among vulnerable populations. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University, and an MSc in Community Health and undergraduate degree 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.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Kim, H., Colantonio, A., Dawson, D., & Bayley, M. (2013). Community integration outcomes after traumatic brain injury due to physical assault. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(1), 49-58.
  2. Harris, J. E., Colantonio, A., Bushnik, T., Constantinidou, F., Dawson, D., Goldin-Lauretta, Y., Swayne, B., Warren, H. J. (2012). Advancing the health and quality of life of girls and women after traumatic brain injury: Workshop summary and recommendations. Brain Injury, 26(2), 177-182.
  3. Kontos, P., Colantonio, A., Mitchell, G., Cott, C., Gilbert, J., & Keightley, M. (2012). Improving client-centred brain injury rehabilitation through research-based theatre. Qualitative Health Research, 22(12), 1612-1632.
  4. Colantonio, A., & Comper, P. (2012). Post injury symptoms after a work-related traumatic brain injury in a Canadian population. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 43(2), 195-201.
  5. Chen, A., Zagorski, B., Chan, V., Parsons, D., Vander Laan, R., & Colantonio, A. (2012). Acute care alternate levels of care days due to delayed discharge for traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. Health Care Policy, 7(4), 41-55.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. “Children and youth with acquired brain injury in Ontario: Who are they, where do they go, and how much does it cost?” Vincy Chan (PhD)
  2. “Sleep function and traumatic brain injury” T. Mollayeva (PhD)
  3. “A retrospective analysis of sleep function after work-related traumatic brain injury” T. Belben & M. Scherer (MScOT)
  4. “Screening for traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairments in homeless youth” K. Uram & J. Ryan (MScOT)
  5. “Women with traumatic brain injury”, Lin Haag (PhD), Wilfrid Laurier University
Research Interests

Acquired brain injury in the population, acquired brain injury among vulnerable populations, issues affecting girls and women with ABI, work-related traumatic brain injury and return-to-work, knowledge translation through research-based drama, sex- and gender-based analyses in TBI research.

Current Courses
  • OCT1220 Research Experience (supervised 20 students to date and 4 in progress)
  • TBD Reading Course in Work, Gender and Health
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Colantonio, A, Warren, H. J., O’Shanick, G., Sherwin, E., & Young, J. Women living with TBI: What do we know and what do we need to know? 2012 ACRM-ASNR Annual Conference, Vancouver BC, October 2012. (Invited symposia presentation).
  2. Colantonio, A., *Chan, V., Chen, A., Zagorski, B., Parsons, D., & Vander Laan, R. Functional independence measures after inpatient rehabilitation among older adults with acquired brain injury. 9th Annual Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Canada, Ottawa ON, September 2012. (Invited keynote address).
  3. Colantonio, A. Work-related traumatic brain injury. Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Melbourne, AUS, May 2012.
  4. Colantonio, A., Chan, V., Chen, A., Zagorski, B., Parsons, D., & Vander Laan, R. Surveillance for acquired brain injury in Canada: The ABI Dataset Project. International Brain Injury Association 9th Annual World Congress on Brain Injury, Edinburgh, UK, March 2012.
  5. Colantonio, A., Lemsky, C., & Wiseman-Hakes, C. Traumatic brain injury among the homeless population: Diagnosis and treatment. National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2011 Webinar Series, March 2011. (Invited).