Denise Connelly, PhD

Associate Professor

Rm. 1446, EC
519 661-2111 x82238
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ORCID: 0000-0001-8138-1746


  • BSc Physical Therapy (Western University)
  • MSc Physical Therapy (Western University)
  • PhD Kinesiology (Western University)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health and Rehabilitation Science MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Connelly’s current research focuses on building capacity for provision of care including point-of-care for older adults living in long-term care and home and community care sectors from several perspectives: workforce recruitment and retention; organizational, individual and professional resilience; role of family/care partners; and a virtual PIECES™ care planning framework. Professor Connelly’s research explores career bridging initiatives and perspectives of graduates to address the current workforce shortages in these practice settings using quantitative and qualitative methods. Additionally, she studies the use of virtual care planning in long-term care homes using the PIECES™ approach, an evidence-based intervention to enhance engagement of family/ care partners in person-centered care planning.

Expected outcomes of her research are to strengthen care partnerships, promote building capacity and improve the quality of life in older adults living in long-term care and home and community care settings. 

Featured Publications and Projects

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Featured Graduate Student Projects

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Graduate Student Opportunities

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Associate Vice-Provost, Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty
  • Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
  • The Bone and Joint Institute
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • RBJ Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

Professional Activities

  • College of Reviewers, CIHR
  • Associate Editor, Physiotherapy Canada
  • Member, Canadian Physiotherapy Association