Kelly O’Brien, Soo Chan Carusone, Melanie Bisnauth – Mental health and aging with HIV

Melanie Bisnauth currently works at the Anova Health Institute in South Africa with USAID as a Tech Advisor in Public Health for health programming including HIV. Previously she worked in Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation Services Unit at University of Toronto. Melanie does research in Infectious Diseases, Qualitative Social Research and Women and Politics Research.

Soo Chan Carusone is an Assistant Professor (Part-Time), Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. She is the research director at Casey House and has published several papers on experiences in the healthcare system, rehabilitation and access to care for people living with HIV.

Kelly O’Brien is a physical therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She holds a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and works in collaboration with researchers and community members on research related to HIV, disability and rehabilitation. Some of her research includes examining the episodic nature of disability, developing an HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ), and examining the impact of exercise for adults living with HIV. Currently, Kelly is collaborating with the Toronto YMCA to assess the impact of a community-based exercise program with adults living with HIV. Kelly is a current Board member of the Toronto People With AIDS (PWA) Foundation and a previous Board member of realize. Kelly is also a founding member of the Canada-UK (now International) HIV and Rehabilitation Research Collaborative (CIHRRC) which is an international network of researchers, clinicians and community members interested in HIV and rehabilitation research.

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