Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27823
Office: IAHS Rm. 435
Dr. Kuspinar is a physiotherapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science. She obtained her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Throughout her graduate and post-doctoral training, Dr. Kuspinar received awards for her research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), MS Society of Canada and the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada.
Dr. Kuspinar’s research program focuses on the use of modern measurement methods to improve health outcomes that matter to patients (e.g. symptoms, function and quality of life) and the development of interventions to optimize mobility in older adults. She is an active member of the health outcomes research community and is the Chair of the Canada-Patient Reported Outcome (Canada-PRO) Special Interest Group at the International Society for Quality of Life Research. Dr. Kuspinar’s research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and ALS Society of Canada.
Keywords: Health outcomes, measurement, quality of life, aging, mobility, neurodegenerative conditions
Conventional health-related quality of life (HRQL) assessments are complex, time consuming, and difficult to interpret over time. Dr. Kuspinar’s research proposes a new approach to measuring HRQL in patients, a simple yet powerful index produced by patient-defined domains and weighted by their preferences. Dr. Kuspinar’s measurement expertise include Rasch Measurement Theory, patient-reported outcomes, and systematic review methodology. In addition, her research focuses on aging and mobility, the assessment and development of interventions to optimize mobility in older adults. Dr. Kuspinar is interested in developing strategies to prevent functional decline and improve quality of life in Canadian seniors.
For the 2018-2019 Academic Year:
Interested students should send their CV and research interests to Dr. Kuspinar.
Kuspinar A, Mate K, Lafontaine AL, Mayo NE. Evaluating the content validity of generic preference-based measures for use in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2019 [epub ahead of print].
MacNeil M, Koch M, Kuspinar A, Juzwishin D, Lehoux P, Stolee P. Enabling health technology innovation in Canada: Barriers and facilitators in policy and regulatory processes. Health Policy. 2019;123(2):203-214
Mate KK, Kuspinar A, Ahmed S, Mayo NE. Comparison between Common Performance-Based Tests and Self-Reports of Physical Function in People with Multiple Sclerosis: Does Sex or Gender Matter? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.10.009. [epub ahead of print].
Kuspinar A, Mayo NE. Validation of the preference-based multiple sclerosis Index. Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 2018. doi: 10.1177/1352458518792423
Glenny C, Kuspinar A, Naglie G, Stolee P. A qualitative study of health care provider perspectives on measuring functional outcomes in geriatric rehabilitation. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2018;32(4):546-556.
Shahrbanian S, Kuspinar A, Duquette P, Mayo NE. What does pain in MS feel like? A multicenter cross-sectional study of pain descriptors and characteristics. Int Med Care. 2017;9(2):1-8. doi: 10.15761/IMC.1000108.
Mayo N, Aburub A, Brouillette MJ, Kuspinar A, Moriello C, Rodriguez AM, Scott S. In support of an individualized approach to assessing quality of life: comparison between Patient Generated Index and standardized measures across four health conditions. Quality of Life Research. 2017;26(3):601-09.
Sawatzky R, Chan EK, Zumbo BD, Ahmed S, Bartlett SJ, Bingham CO, Gardner W, Jutai J, Kuspinar A, Sajobi T, Lix LM. Montreal Accord on Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) use series-Paper 7: modern perspectives of measurement validation emphasize justification of inferences based on patient reported outcome scores. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017;89:154-159.
Mayo NE, Kaur N, Barbic SP, Fiore J, Barclay R, Finch L, Kuspinar A, et al. How have research questions and methods used in clinical trials published in Clinical Rehabilitation changed over the last 30 years? Clin Rehabil. 2016;30(9):847-64.
Sawatzky R, Chan EK, Zumbo BD, Ahmed S, Bartlett SJ, Bingham CO 3rd,… Kuspinar A, et al. Modern perspectives of measurement validation emphasize justification of inferences based on patient-reported outcome scores: seventh paper in a series on patient reported outcomes. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017;89:154-159.
Mayo NE, Aburub A, Brouillette MJ, Kuspinar A, Moriello C, Rodriguez AM, et al. In support of an individualized approach to assessing quality of life: comparison between Patient Generated Index and standardized measures across four health conditions. Qual Life Res. 2017;26(3):301-309.