Lisa Sheehy

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Lisa Sheehy
Research Associate, Bruyère Research Institute

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Research Associate, Bruyère Research Institute

Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation


Dr. Lisa Sheehy is a physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1992. She worked as a physiotherapist in hospital and private clinic settings, including in geriatric and neurological/stroke rehabilitation. She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University in 2013. Dr. Sheehy has worked at Bruyère Research Institute since 2014, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and now as a Research Associate. Her research focuses on the use of technology for rehabilitation. In particular, she has studied the use of virtual reality/exergaming for inpatient rehabilitation and in-home rehabilitation after stroke. She has also implemented a knowledge translation framework to teach exergaming to stroke therapists across Canada.

Dr. Sheehy is currently the PI on a New Brunswick Government-funded “Health Seniors Pilot Project”. This 3.5 year study, a partnership between Bruyère Research Institute and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging, will assess the impact of adding exergaming to usual homecare physiotherapy, for patients living at home and those in long-term care.

At the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Sheehy is coordinating two studies, “CardiacDOC”, the implementation and validation of a brief screening questionnaire to screen for depression, obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive decline in individuals with heart failure; and “CanStim”, which investigates  the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to enhance the recovery of upper extremity function in sub-acute stroke.

Dr. Sheehy has been involved in the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery since 2014, and was the Clinical co-Coordinator for the National Trainee Association in 2018.

Research Interests:

I am interested in the use of technology for rehabilitation, in particular after stroke. I am also interested in the use of technology to mitigate the effects of frailty and cognitive decline.

Champs d'intérêt

  • Stroke
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Virtual reality
  • Exergaming
  • Cognitive decline
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Technology
  • Frailty
  • Telerehabilitation
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