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Kerry Kuluski, Research Scientist

Kerry Kuluski headshotKerry Kuluski is a Research Scientist with the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and holds a Faculty Appointment at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto where she is actively involved in research and teaching.

Prior to joining the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation as a Scientist, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Bridgepoint Health which included a 6 month Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford with the Health Experiences Research Group. In 2010 she completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in Health Services Research, with a focus on aging and health policy.

Dr. Kuluski's inaugural study "The Bridgepoint Study" focused on the experience of patients with complex health conditions and is now driving strategic aims at Bridgepoint for quality improvement and patient engagement. The research has resulted in several publications, one of which received a Literary Award for Health Services Evaluation and several invited presentations at local, national and international venues. Kerry's projects are focused on Health Systems. Contact Kerry


Michelle Nelson, Research Scientist

Michelle NelsonMichelle Nelson is currently a Research Scientist in the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation. Her research focuses on issues related to providing health care for complex patients - or those patient populations that present the greatest challenge to health care providers/teams. Prior to joining the Collaboratory, Michelle was the Research Director for a large Interprofessional Education Program, taught as an Instructor at the University of Manitoba and served as a Board Member and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Through her work at Bridgepoint, Dr. Nelson hopes to find ways to help clinical teams work more effectively to meet complex patients' needs.

Bridgepoint Hospital is actively evolving its care model to a holistic health management approach, treating the person, not the individual health episodes. Our research has driven best-practice changes that earned Bridgepoint's Stroke Rehabilitation Program Accreditation Canada's Stroke Distinction award -one of only four hospitals to earn this distinction. Michelle's research is focused on Clinical Services. Contact Michelle


Agnes Grudniewicz, Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Agnes Grudniewicz is a post-doctoral trainee with the Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN). She recently completed her PhD in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where her doctoral work focused on knowledge translation in primary care. Currently, Agnes is conducting research on care coordination and goal alignment in primary care for patients with multiple chronic conditions and on Health Links, an integrated care initiative in Ontario.


Carolyn Steele Gray, Post Doctoral Fellow

Carolyn Steele GrayCarolyn Steele Gray holds a PhD in Health Policy from the University of Toronto Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). She currently holds a jointly appointed post-doctoral fellowship with the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and IHPME  where she is developing and evaluating patient-centered e-Health technologies to support patients with complex care needs and exploring integrated community-based primary health care models.

Dr Steele Gray is the recent recipient of a CIHR eHealth Innovation Partnership Project Operating Grant to evaluate a new eHealth portal and mobile application. Dr. Steele Gray has built an international network of researchers focused on the development, evaluation and implementation of eHealth technologies for patients with complex care needs called the eCCDD Network. Enabled through a CIHR Planning and Dissemination grant, she created research partnerships with the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the National Health Service in Scotland, as well as with Kaiser Permanente Colorado, to test new tools and study implementation from an international perspective. Contact Carolyn



Dr. Renee Lyons,Founding Director Emeritus, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation

Dr. Renee Lyons

Dr. Lyons founded the Bridgepoint Collaboratory and led its formative years as Canada's only research institute dedicated to the study of complex care. She has published extensively on the subject and is recognized internationally for her work on complexity. She continues her consulting, publishing and leadership work to support the development of this field of research nationally and internationally. Contact Renee





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Paula Gardner, Affiliate Scientist

Paula GardnerDr. Paula Gardner was the lead scientist on the "Moving On - Living Well with Complex Chronic Disease" research team at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation. Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Paula was a Policy Analyst at the New York Academy of Medicine and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the City University of New York. Paula works with global partners on research that explores technologies, programs, and policies that support independent and dignified living for vulnerable populations. Currently Paula is Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences at Brock University. Contact Paula





Sheila Furness, Office Manager

Sheila FurnessSheila is responsible for the day-to-day management of
the Research Collaboratory office, from procurement to supporting the
researchers with grant management and publications. Contact Sheila





Manuel Gitterman, Managing Director

Manuel GittermanManuel is responsible for the overall operations of the Collaboratory, including corporate reporting and the Research Ethics Board. Contact Manuel