Emily Nalder

Dr. Emily Nalder
Assistant Professor
March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professorship

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 978-5937

Everyone will experience changes in cognitive abilities at some point in their life time, either as a part of normal aging, or as a result of a health condition (e.g., traumatic brain injury). Emily’s research examines: assessment approaches that capture how cognition influences participation in daily life; the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions designed to facilitate involvement in meaningful activities for individuals with cognitive difficulties, and how these services can be delivered using technology. Emily is also examining what role cognitive abilities play in resiliency, or how individuals utilize personal strengths, and supports in their environment, to adapt during life transitions.
Selected PublicationsAll PublicationsKeywords
Nalder, E.,, Fleming, J., Cornwell, P., Foster, M., Skidmore, E., Bottari, C., & Dawson, D. (2015). Sentinel events and psychosocial status during the transition from hospital to home: a longitudinal study of women with a traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.07.428

Nalder, E., Fleming, J., Cornwell, P., & Foster, M. (2012). Linked lives: The experiences of family caregivers during the transition from hospital to home following traumatic brain injury. Brain Impairment, 13(1), 108 – 122. doi: 10.1017/BrImp.2012.4.

Nalder, E., Clark, A., Anderson, N., & Dawson, D. (2015). Clinicians’ perceptions of the clinical utility of the Multiple Errands Test for adults with neurological conditions. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Advance online publication.

Nalder, E., Fleming, J., Foster, M., Cornwell, P., Shields, C., & Khan, A. (2012). Identifying factors associated with perceived success in the transition from hospital to home after brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 27, 143 – 153. doi: 10.1097/htr.0b013e3182168fb1.

Fleming, J., Nalder, E., Alves-Stein, S., & Cornwell, P. (2014). The effect of environmental barriers on community integration following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(2), 125-35. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e318286545d.

  • Participation
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Resiliency
Recent Thesis/Graduate Projects Supervised

Instrumental Activity of Daily Living Profile: Developing an uncued scoring method, Vanessa Pereira & Stephanie Britto (MScOT) in progress co-supervising with Dr. Deirdre Dawson.

Evaluating Performance Efficiency for the Baycrest Multiple Errands Test, Stacey Melo & Brittney Dumouchelle (MScOT), in progress co-supervising with Dr. Deirdre Dawson.

Exploring the experiences of financial management independence in those with traumatic brain injury, Kathryn Koller & Lindsay Woods (MScOT), 2014 co-supervised with Dr. Deirdre Dawson.

Research Interests

Community integration outcomes, Evaluation & implementation of tele-rehabilitation, Transitions and the life course, Psychosocial adjustment following acquired brain injury, Ecologically valid assessment, Psychosocial influences on participation and rehabilitation.

Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches

Nalder, E. (2015, Februrary). Brain Injury and Aging, Keynote Speaker: Brain Injury Services Toronto Speaker Series, Toronto, Canada.

Nalder, E., & Chui, A. (2015, March). Active ingredients of therapeutic interventions- perspectives of individuals with ABI and family members receiving meta-cognitive strategy training, Rotman Research Rounds, Toronto, Canada.

Nalder, E., & Fleming, J. (2012, September). Research and higher study in Australia. Invited presentation: Coventry University, occupational therapy research symposium, Coventry, United Kingdom.

Fleming, J., & Nalder, E. (2012, March). Determinants of successful transition for individuals with acquired brain injury and their family caregivers. Report from an Australian Research Council funded project, Queensland government department of communities, Brisbane, Australia.