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Dana Anaby

Associate Professor
McGill University, Canada

Dr. Dana Anaby, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, a Scientist at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, and the Director of the ASPIRE lab (Advancing Strategies for Participation-based Initiatives in REhabilitation).

Dana’s research encompasses the areas of participation and well-being among children, youth and young adults with disabilities, with a special focus on leisure community-based participation and the impact of the environment. Her studies, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), involve developing and testing intervention plans such as the PREP (Pathways and Resources for Engagement and Participation) to improve community engagement, as well as enhancing measurement tools to assess Participation and Environment for transition-aged youth in different settings: home, school, community and the workplace (Y-PEM). She also leads Knowledge Translation initiatives; particularly those aimed at accelerating the uptake of evidence surrounding participation into day-to-day clinical practice. Recent work includes the P-KT roadmap (Participation-focused Knowledge Translation) and the P-KT booklet to guide all stakeholders to foster a shift in practice.  Dana is the Principal Investigator of a range of pragmatic clinical trials, testing the multiple benefits resulting from ‘top-down’ participation-based interventions that occur in real-world context. Her ultimate goal is to contribute to improved provision of pediatric rehabilitation services and inclusion for all.