Nancy Salbach, BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

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Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Office Phone:
Lab Phone:       416-946-7579
Fax:                     416-946-8562

Nancy is currently accepting graduate students in the RSI.

Dr. Nancy Salbach is a physical therapist and epidemiologist. She holds a BSc degree in Physiology, a BSc degree in Physical Therapy, an MSc degree in Rehabilitation Science and a PhD degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. Nancy completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Nancy leads the Knowledge to Action Research Unit in the Department of Physical Therapy. She is co-chair of the Research in Continuing Education (RICE) group in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Nancy is currently accepting graduate student applications for the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI). Please forward a cover letter, CV and unofficial transcript to

Nancy's articles can be found in PubMed.

Nancy’s program of clinical and knowledge translation research aims to generate and increase the uptake of knowledge to improve the quality of the health care system and ultimately the health and well-being of people living with chronic conditions such as stroke and HIV/AIDS. Specifically, her research focuses on: (1) improving understanding of the factors influencing the uptake of knowledge by individuals, groups, organizations or systems; (2) synthesis of knowledge to develop knowledge products and tools, such as clinical practice guidelines or decision-making tools, designed to facilitate application of knowledge to clinical practice; and (3) development and evaluation of the effectiveness of contextually relevant interventions designed to improve knowledge use.

Nancy’s clinical research expertise related to stroke rehabilitation includes psychometric evaluation of outcome measures, use of randomized controlled trial methodology to evaluate task-oriented walking training and the application of self-efficacy theory to enhance understanding of physical function. Nancy’s knowledge translation research has focused on investigating factors underlying physical therapists’ engagement in evidence-based practice (EBP) to optimize physical recovery after stroke and the development of tools and resources to facilitate the implementation of best practices to promote walking recovery post-stroke, and the rehabilitation of people living with HIV or AIDS.Nancy works closely with the end users of her knowledge translation research so that her study findings will be relevant to the current health care context and likely to promote the transfer of knowledge to clinical practice.

Nancy’s research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

Nancy co-coordinates and teaches within the research module (Units 6 and 8) of the MScPT curriculum. She also serves as a faculty advisor for the MScPT research projects. Nancy teaches and advises students in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science.

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Full Member, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Adjunct Scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre-St. John’s Rehab Hospital