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John Stanley Coulter Award ACRM Award

John Stanley Coulter Award

2020 Award Recipient


Angela Colantonio is the 2020 recipient of the ACRM John Stanley Coulter Award

ACRM is pleased to honor Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), with the 2020 John Stanley Coulter Award. To be named the Coulter Lecturer is to be recognized as one whose professional achievements have contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation and is one of the highest awards presented by ACRM. Dr. Colantonio will present the award plenary, Addressing Inequities: Empowering People Experiencing Disabilities on 24 October at the ACRM 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference.

Registered attendees may access this presentation through 30 June 2021 by logging into the Online Program.



Dr. Colantonio is Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, and Professor, cross-appointment, in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, CIHR Research Chair in Gender Work and Health, and Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Dr. Colantonio is Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and is a Faculty member in the Wilfrid Laurier University Lyle S. Hallman School of Social Work.

Dr. Colantonio has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the interplay between sex, gender and health outcomes and she has had over 25 years of continuous international federal and foundation funding averaging approximately $2.4M per year. This is a testament to Dr. Colantonio’s scholarship, and speaks volumes about Dr. Colantonio’s many research achievements.

Dr. Colantonio pioneered rehabilitation research on the interplay between sex, gender, work, equity and health outcomes in the rehabilitation of people living with traumatic brain injury, and strategies to empower brain injured women survivors of violence and traumatic brain injury. Her experience with large scale research projects on gender and TBI is one of the largest in the world, including two federally funded projects on gender and traumatic brain injury including, since 2013: the study on Gender, Work and Traumatic Brain Injury: Addressing the Gap in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Research, Policy and Practice, and A Gender Transformative Approach to Improve Outcomes and Equity among Persons with Traumatic Bain Injury, 2017 to 2020 (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). In addition, Dr. Colantonio is principal investigator and director of a new Health System Research Fund Program Award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on Integrating Brain Injury, Mental Health, and Addiction, 2017 to 2020. Her work has been critical to advance the field of neurorehabilitation.