Dr. Stephanie Nixon

International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation (ICDR) Lab

About the Lab

Founded in 2004, ICDR uses a critical approach to research and education in the rehabilitation sciences to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Canada and around the world. ICDR is comprised of scholars, clinicians, students, advocates and others who share interest in disability and rehabilitation in the context of global health. The lab is led by Stephanie Nixon, who is the ICDR Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.


  • Sepo I Study: An in-depth qualitative study of health equity issues facing people with disabilities in Zambia who are living with HIV
  • Sepo II Study: An in-depth longitudinal qualitative study using a rehabilitation framework to explore the experiences of women and men living with HIV in Zambia
  • E-Module on HIV for Rehabilitation Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa: The development of an innovative teaching tool to promote rehabilitation in the context of HIV throughout Africa
  • The Shared Innovation Study: An analysis of research and innovation on HIV and rehabilitation between Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • What Should All Health Professions Students Learn about Postcolonialism Before They Graduate?An in-depth qualitative study of the content and delivery that all Canadian clinician students should learn about postcolonialism and Aboriginal health inequities.

Selected Publications

Dr. Nixon has an extensive listing of publications on her faculty page under the “Publications” tab.

The Team

Stephanie Nixon is the Director of ICDR. ICDR has partnerships in 9 countries, and ICDR-related research is conducted with many partners.


Dr. Nixon and others in ICDR supervise PhD and MSc students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Master’s students also conduct ICDR-related research as part of their MScOT and MScPT programs.


A list of ICDR’s partners is available on the ICDR website.

Contact Info

Stephanie Nixon can be reached by email at stephanie.nixon@utoronto.ca.