• Lisa Engel.
  • Assistant professor

    College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Room 129 - 771 McDermot Ave.
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

    Phone: 204-789-3419
    Fax: 204 789-3927

Research groups

Institute for Work & Health (Toronto) - Measurement Research Unit (IWH-MRU)

Research summary

Dr. Lisa Engel's program of research aims to improve the financial capability and financial well-being of people living with chronic health conditions or disabilities, especially those living with associated cognitive impairments. This research views addressing finance as foundational to addressing health.

Using mixed-methods approaches, her research examines both the individual and the environment/context. Her research also examines the roles of the (1) health and social-care practitioner and (2) the financial professional related to financial capability and financial well-being assessment and interventions/supports.


Dr. Lisa Engel is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Previously, she worked at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada) in various roles.

During her time as a clinician a common question kept coming up in every area she worked, “Can this patient/client manage their own finances in the community?” This initial referral question has led to many other questions and her program of research. This includes the completion of her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2017, funded primarily through a fellowship with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), in the areas of finance, acquired brain injury (ABI), cognitive science, measurement/assessment, and rehabilitation.

Her postdoctoral research (2017-2018), completed at Canada’s largest lupus clinic (Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network) and funded through a fellowship from the Arthritis Society and a grant from Lupus Canada, examined the everyday living effects of lupus related cognitive impairment.


  • Bachelor of kinesiology & health studies (major: adapted physical activity), faculty of kinesiology & health studies, University of Regina
  • Masters of science in occupational therapy, department of occupational science & occupational therapy, University of Toronto
  • Doctorate of philosophy in rehabilitation science, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
  • Registered Occupational Therapists, Manitoba (OT Reg. (MB))


Dr. Engel has been the recipient of over 50 academic awards, honors, scholarships, and grants. This includes a three-year CIHR allied health fellowship during her doctoral studies and a two-year Arthritis Society postdoctoral research fellowship.


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