Kelly O’Brien, BScPT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7
Kelly is a physical therapist and clinical epidemiologist. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and holds a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Kelly completed her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto and Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where she was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a Michael DeGroote (McMaster) Fellowship.
O’Brien KK, Bayoumi AM, Strike C, Young N, King K, Davis AM. How do existing HIV-specific instruments measure up? Evaluating the ability of instruments to describe disability experienced by adults living with HIV. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2010. 8:88. http://www.hqlo.com/content/8/1/88
O'Brien K, Nixon S, Tynan A-M, Glazier R. Aerobic exercise interventions for adults living with HIV/AIDS. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD001796. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001796.pub3
O’Brien K, Wilkins A, Zack E, Solomon P. Scoping the field: Identifying key research priorities in HIV and rehabilitation. AIDS and Behavior. April 2010, 14:2. 448-58. DOI 10.1007/s10461-009-9528-z http://springerlink.com/content/n28462l513635112/fulltext.pdf
O’Brien K, Davis AM, Strike C, Young N, Bayoumi AM. Putting episodic disability into context: Factors that influence disability experienced by adults living with HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society. November 2009, 12:30. doi:10.1186/1758-2652-12-30. http://www.jiasociety.org/content/12/1/30. **Highly accessed**
O’Brien K, Strike C, Davis AM, Young N, Bayoumi AM. Using exploratory focus groups to establish a sampling strategy to investigate disability experienced by adults living with HIV. Current HIV Research. Volume 7, Number 6, November 2009. 626-633
O’Brien K, Bayoumi AM, Strike C, Young N, Davis AM. Exploring disability from the perspective of adults living with HIV/AIDS: Development of a conceptual framework. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2008; 6:76. http://www.hqlo.com/content/6/1/76
O’Brien K, Tynan MA, Nixon S, Glazier RH. Effects of Progressive Resistive Exercise in Adults Living with HIV/AIDS: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials. AIDS Care. July 2008: 20(6): 631-653.
O’Brien K. Factor Analysis: An Overview in the Field of Measurement. Physiotherapy Canada. 2007; 59: 142-55.
Kelly’s research is focused on disability and rehabilitation in the context of HIV/AIDS and chronic disease. Specific research interests include: exploring the experience of episodic disability from the perspective of adults living with HIV (Episodic Disability Framework), developing and assessing the measurement properties of a new HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ), and examining the effects of exercise for people living with HIV.
Kelly is a co-coordinator of Unit 6 (Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I) in the MScPT curriculum. Kelly also teaches aspects of the research curriculum including: evidence-based practice, measurement, critical appraisal, and systematic reviews in Unit 1&2 (Introduction and Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy Practice).
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Associate (Restricted) Membership, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University