• Cara Brown.
  • Assistant professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Room R125- 771 McDermot Ave.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

    Phone: 204-480-1337
    Fax: 204-789-3927

Accepting graduate students

Dr. Brown is now accepting MSc and Applied PhD students interested in research related to patient participation in care transitions from hospital to home.

Research affiliations

Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

Research summary

Dr. Brown’s research focuses on supporting people with complex health and social needs to stay at home in their community, despite health challenges. Her work has an emphasis on involvement of individuals and communities in the research process, to ensure that the work and its findings are relevant to those that it is intended to serve. She currently has two main foci: One is smooth and high quality transitions across the health-care continuum, for example, from hospital to the primary care setting. The other is working with First Nations communities to support aging in place.


Dr. Cara Brown is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She is also a licensed occupational therapist.

Dr. Brown is a white settler woman, who spent her early years in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan before her family settled in Winnipeg.

Her first year after graduation she worked for one year in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She then worked at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg in a variety of clinical services including acute care, outpatient rheumatology, and the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. She also more recently worked clinically on a primary care interdisciplinary team.

Dr. Brown aims to integrate her research and 20 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in primary care to propel improvement in care transition quality through primary care innovation.


  • Bachelor of occupational therapy, University of Manitoba
  • Master’s and PhD , Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. PhD work focused on how integrated care can improve and reduce health care transitions between hospital and home for older adults.


2016 - Health Research Graduate Studentship Award. Research Manitoba. PhD Category.

2014 - The Golden Quill Award.  Awarded by the Canadian Association for Occupational Therapists for an exceptional article in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapists in the previous publication year (Brown, C.L. & Finlayson, M. [2013]. Performance measures rather than self-report measures of functional status predict home care use.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80, 284-294). doi:10.1177/00084174135014672014 -

2014 - Betty Havens Memorial Graduate Fellowship, Awarded by the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba ($4000.00)

2013 - Thelma Cardwell Scholarship, Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF). ($2,000).

2011 - Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres (CMSC) Rehab Fellowship.  

ORCID profile

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Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada