Kelly O’Brien Awarded Connaught New Researcher Award

Head shot of Kelly O'BrienKelly O’Brien, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy was awarded a Connaught New Researcher Award in May 2013. The primary aim of this research is to develop and pilot a community-based exercise intervention to reduce disability experienced by adults living with HIV. A secondary aim is to establish pilot data for assessing the measurement properties of the HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ), a newly developed self-administered questionnaire with the purpose of describing the presence, severity and episodic nature of disability experienced by adults living with HIV. Kelly is collaborating with the Central Toronto YMCA and Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation in this research.

The purpose of the Connaught New Researcher Award is to foster excellence in research and innovation by providing support for new University of Toronto faculty members who are launching their academic careers. These awards are intended to establish a strong research program, thereby increasing the faculty member’s competitiveness for external funding.