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Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is the Director, Interprofessional Practice Based Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. As Director, she aims to drive the advancement of practice-based research with a view to improve patient care through knowledge discovery and translation. Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is an accomplished researcher with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and numerous published abstracts and conference presentations. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several grants with over $3 million in funding from various granting agencies. Her research focuses on outcomes for patients following brain injuries including concussions.

Recent Publications

  1. Gélinas, C, Boitor, M, Puntillo, KA, Arbour, C, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Behaviors Indicative of Pain in Brain-Injured Adult Patients With Different Levels of Consciousness in the Intensive Care Unit. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019;57 (4):761-773. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.333. PubMed PMID:30593909 .
  2. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Grosso, A, Jing, R, Ilie, G et al.. Pros and Cons of 19 Sport-Related Concussion Educational Resources in Canada: Avenues for Better Care and Prevention. Front Neurol. 2018;9 :872. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00872. PubMed PMID:30450073 PubMed Central PMC6224516.
  3. Workewych, AM, Ciuffetelli Muzzi, M, Jing, R, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Twitter and traumatic brain injury: A content and sentiment analysis of tweets pertaining to sport-related brain injury. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117720057. doi: 10.1177/2050312117720057. PubMed PMID:28890783 PubMed Central PMC5574478.
  4. Cusimano, MD, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Zhang, S, Mullen, SJ, Wong, M, Ilie, G et al.. Factors Influencing the Underreporting of Concussion in Sports: A Qualitative Study of Minor Hockey Participants. Clin J Sport Med. 2017;27 (4):375-380. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000372. PubMed PMID:28653965 .
  5. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Hutchison, MG, Jing, R. Factors affecting the concussion knowledge of athletes, parents, coaches, and medical professionals. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117694794. doi: 10.1177/2050312117694794. PubMed PMID:28540042 PubMed Central PMC5433676.
  6. Renton, T, Tibbles, A, Topolovec-Vranic, J. Neurofeedback as a form of cognitive rehabilitation therapy following stroke: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2017;12 (5):e0177290. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177290. PubMed PMID:28510578 PubMed Central PMC5433697.
  7. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Schuler, A, Gozdzik, A, Somers, J, Bourque, PÉ, Frankish, CJ et al.. The high burden of traumatic brain injury and comorbidities amongst homeless adults with mental illness. J Psychiatr Res. 2017;87 :53-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2016.12.004. PubMed PMID:28006664 .
  8. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Natarajan, K. The Use of Social Media in Recruitment for Medical Research Studies: A Scoping Review. J Med Internet Res. 2016;18 (11):e286. doi: 10.2196/jmir.5698. PubMed PMID:27821383 PubMed Central PMC5118584.
  9. Canzian, S, Nanni, J, McFarlan, A, Chalklin, K, Sorvari, A, Barratt, L et al.. Application and Evaluation of Knowledge Retention Related to Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) Course Content: A Preliminary Study. J Trauma Nurs. ;23 (4):202-9. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000216. PubMed PMID:27414142 .
  10. Cusimano, MD, Ilie, G, Mullen, SJ, Pauley, CR, Stulberg, JR, Topolovec-Vranic, J et al.. Aggression, Violence and Injury in Minor League Ice Hockey: Avenues for Prevention of Injury. PLoS One. 2016;11 (6):e0156683. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156683. PubMed PMID:27258426 PubMed Central PMC4892613.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director, Interprofessional Practice Based Research, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto