• 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

Research affiliations

Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

Research summary

I have two primary areas of focus in which graduate students can become engaged.

1. Smoothing care transitions between hospital and community
This work is focused on improving care transitions between tertiary and primary care for adults with complex health and social needs. This work has a large engagement component, engaging people with lived experience, health and social service providers and policymakers in the design and implementation of the research. 

2. Research engagement with CLSA
I am the local site investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study for Aging. Graduate students can get involved in research on engaging participants in the research process in the CLSA, with the objective of improving knowledge translation, and research participant engagement and retention.

  • Keywords

    • care transitions
    • integrated care
    • occupational therapy
    • older adults
    • participatory research
    • primary care
    • research engagement
  • Research themes

    • Improving and reducing transitions from hospital to home
    • Occupational therapy role in primary care
    • Research engagement
    • Community-based health promotion and wellness 
  • Teaching fields

    • Evidence-based practice
    • Occupational therapy for progressive conditions
    • Person factors of occupational performance


My research interests are motivated by clinical conundrums that I observed in our health care system as an occupational therapist. My work across the entire continuum of care peaked my interest in the gaps between care environments, and how to support people with complex social and health care needs in the community as their needs evolve. My occupational therapy roots also inspire the use of lived experience engagement in my research design and implementation.


PhD in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Master's in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Manitoba


Health Research Graduate Studentship Award, Research Manitoba (2016)

The Golden Quill Award, Canadian Association for Occupational Therapists (2014)

Betty Havens Memorial Graduate Fellowship, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba (2014)

Thelma Cardwell Scholarship, Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (2013)

Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres Rehab Fellowship (2011)

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Contact us

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