Dr. Stephanie Nixon Receives Funding for Two CIHR Project Scheme Grants

Dr. Stephanie Nixon received two CIHR Project Grants

Dr. Stephanie Nixon an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy is a recipient of two Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Program Grants! As announced last week, 475 projects were funded with Dr. Nixon receiving two grants.

Her first project, The Sepo III Study: Advancing Chronic Disease Models of Care for People Living with HIV in Resource Poor Settings is the third study in the Sepo program of research conducted in collaboration with resources and community partners in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Dr. Nixon and her team aim to identify and understand how HIV-related chronic disease interventions can best support the growing number of adults and children living with HIV as a chronic illness in Zambia.  Results will inform and accelerate Zambia’s HIV response to support millions who now and in the future will live with HIV as a chronic illness. 

Dr. Nixon’s second project titled, Toward a Paradigm Shift in Rehabilitation for Adults and Children Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Novel KT Intervention is a study conducted at PT and OT programs in Zambia, Kenya and South Africa. The goal is to improve knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy about HIV and encourage rehabilitation students to become HIV and rehabilitation advocates. Ultimately, the aim is to improve access to rehabilitation in SSA for people growing up and getting older with HIV as a chronic illness.

Receiving her BHS in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, Dr. Nixon completed her MSc in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institutes and her PhD in Public Health and Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nixon has been an HIV activist, researcher and clinician for 20 years. She is a co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

To learn more about Dr. Nixon and her research, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rmX3vw.

For more information on the Project Grant, please visit: http://bit.ly/2qRU6nF.