Sarah Munce, MSc, PhD
Scientist, KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network (TRI-UHN)
Assistant Professor (status), Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy (OS & OT), Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto
Graduate Coordinator, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Dr. Munce’s program of research relates to the development, implementation, and evaluation of online transitional care interventions (e.g., peer support, self-management, peer navigation) for individuals with complex needs and their family members. She uses mixed methods, implementation science, co-design, and integrated knowledge translation/patient engagement approaches to carry out this research program. Dr. Munce has served as an Academic Editor and Guest Editor at two other journals before she joined JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies as the new Editor-in-Chief. She looks forward to working with the Editorial Board Members and the JMIR team to promote the visibility of JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies and ensure the publication of highly relevant and rigorous research.
Dr. Sarah Munce, PhD is a health services research and implementation scientist at the KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network. She is also an Assistant Professor (status) in Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy with cross-appointments at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Sarah is the former Membership Chair for the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA). She completed her PhD in Health Services Research-Outcomes and Evaluation with a Knowledge Translation specialization designation from the IHPME at the University of Toronto in 2014. She completed her post-doctoral training at the KITE Research Institute specializing in mixed methods research and implementation science in the rehabilitation context.
Editorial Board Members
Maurice Mulvenna, BSc, MPhil, PhD
Professor, Ulster University, UK
Professor Maurice Mulvenna, is a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence at Ulster University, known for his contribution to interdisciplinary research in health, mental health and wellbeing with colleagues in psychology, business, nursing, and healthcare. He is a senior member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society. In 2014, he was elected as a Board Member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). He has published over 400 internationally peer-reviewed publications. He is principal investigator or investigator on more than 120 research projects with total research funding of €66M, many of which relate to the development of health and wellbeing interventions, including the ChatPal project which includes the design and trial of a chatbot to support mental health and wellbeing. He chaired the 32nd British HCI conference in 2018, the 31st European Cognitive Ergonomics Conference in 2019 and the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health 2021-2023. Maurice is a past winner of the European €200K IST Grand Prize, and has won the Societal Impact Award at the UK National KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020. He also won the Inaugural Award for Industry-Academic Collaboration from the Centre for Behaviour Change Conference on Behaviour Change for Health: Digital and Other Innovative Methods, in 2019 with colleagues. Professor Mulvenna’s research interests include artificial intelligence; data mining; data analytics; digital mental health & wellbeing; dementia; assistive technologies; innovation, knowledge and technology transfer.
Urvashy Gopaul, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Dr Gopaul's research interests and experience focus on upper limb rehabilitation of motor and sensory functions using clinical approaches combined with rehabilitation technologies in neurological populations.
Brooke Allemang, PhD
Research Fellow, SickKids Research Institute
Dr. Brooke Allemang is a registered social worker and holds a PhD in Social Work focused on the pediatric-adult transition readiness of youth with co-occurring chronic health and mental health conditions. She is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Patient-Oriented Research Transition to Leadership Fellowship with expertise in qualitative methods, patient-oriented research, mixed methods research, arts-based methods including digital storytelling, and clinical social work with youth and their families in hospital and community-based settings.
Sharon Gabison, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Dr. Sharon Gabison is currently the Hallisey Affiliate Scientist. Her research in spinal cord injury and pressure injuries (also known as “bed sores”) along with her clinical background as a Physical Therapist has led to her interest in the development of technology and tools to prevent pressure injuries. Dr. Gabison earned her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto while she studied the relationships between trunk function, pressure offloading and tissue health in individuals with spinal cord injury. As part of her PhD, she developed a novel ultrasound imaging protocol for tissue health assessment. Her current research projects for pressure injury prevention include 1) testing the PrIME (Pressure Injury Management and Education) system in the home and long-term care environments, 2) Understanding the educational needs of individuals and their caregivers as it relates to pressure injury prevention and management, 3) Developing smart based textiles to mitigate the effects of immobility and 4) Developing of a modified Braden Scale for caregivers. Dr. Gabison has also been involved in the development of Pressure Ulcer Target, a novel educational App for individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury at risk of developing Pressure Injuries.
Alessandro Scano, PhD
Researcher, Intelligent Industrial Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing - National Research Council of Italy
Alessandro Scano, Ph.D., is a bioengineer who graduated from Politecnico di Milano and has been working since 2011 for the Italian National Research Council as a researcher in the biomedical field. His main area of expertise concerns the study of motor control and the design of novel algorithms based on the synergistic approach, with applications especially in the field of rehabilitation, including robots and assistive technologies. He has authored approximately 60 indexed contributions (with 40+ in journals with impact factors) and has participated in many national and international projects.
Kristina Kokorelias, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Kristina Kokorelias works as the Senior Academic Program Coordinator for the Department of Medicine’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program at Sinai Health and the University Health Network. In her role, Kristina helps to oversee the academic outcomes of the program by contributing to the operations, teaching, leadership, quality improvement, and health services research to help improve the quality of care for older adults and their caregivers. Kristina also has status appointments as Associate Scientist (Sinai Health) and Assistant Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her program of research aims to understand the experiences and needs of family caregivers and older adults with complex care needs with the aim of using this information to develop, evaluate, and implement timely family-centered care programs and services. Her other research interests include advancing models of integrated care, sex and gender-based differences in family caregiving, and health care utilization patterns amongst diverse patient populations. Kristina aims to work closely with the end users of her research so the programs that are developed through research are in line with the goals and objectives of existing health and social care service delivery models.
Lisa Sheehy, PhD
Guest Editors & Theme Issue Proposals
This may be particularly interesting for workshop and conference organizers putting together a grant-funded event (eg, with invited experts) on a topic in scope for the journal. JMIR Publications can then be used as a dissemination vehicle. (Funding through grants or other sources is usually required and should be budgeted for in grant proposals. Letters of support are available from the JMIR Publications editor, if needed. Note that granting agencies such as NLM or CIHR usually want to see some sort of knowledge translation activities in workshop proposals, and have in the past funded the JMIR Publications APFs.)
The task of the guest editor(s) is generally
- to solicit manuscripts from colleagues concerning the selected topic,
- to select peer-reviewers for incoming manuscripts,
- to make decisions (together with the editorial board) on article revisions and acceptance, and
- to write an editorial for the theme issue
- to secure funding to sponsor the APFs for published papers (usually in the $10-20k range).
Alternatively, the conference abstracts may be published in a supplement, with or without selected full papers published later in a theme issue or in regular JMIR Publications issues. See We are organizing a conference - can we publish our proceedings / abstracts in iproceedings? regarding publishing conference abstracts.