Patty Solomon

Phone: 905-973-8999
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 446


Dr. Solomon is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Dr. Solomon was the Associate Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director, School of Rehabilitation Science from 2011-2018.  Dr. Solomon is among the first rehabilitation scientists to develop a research program in the emerging area of HIV, disability and the role of rehabilitation.  She has received CIHR funding for her research related to disability experienced by women living with HIV and on the influence of aging on adults living with HIV.  She has been on the board of directors of two AIDS service organizations and is currently working with a team to examine HIV and disability in a global context.

Dr. Solomon is also the past Assistant Dean of the Physiotherapy Program.  She is interested in educational research and development and has published and consulted extensively in the areas of problem-based learning, educational innovation, interprofessional education and curriculum design.  Dr. Solomon lead the initiative on interprofessional education within the Faculty of Health Sciences from 2005-2010 and established the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER).  She has received over $ 2.5 million in funding to support research and evaluation on interprofessional education and collaboration.

Research Expertise

Dr. Solomon’s area of research is in HIV, disability and rehabilitation, and educational innovation as relates to problem-based learning and interprofessional education.

Graduate Students

Dr. Solomon is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Recent Publications

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Book Chapters

Coman L & Solomon P. Problem Based Learning. In: Bradshaw MJ & Lowenstein AJ, editors. Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions.7th ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 2017. p. 179-87.

Journal Articles

O'Brien KK, Bayoumi AM, Solomon P, Tang A, Murzin K, Chan Carusone S, et al. Evaluating a community-based exercise intervention with adults living with HIV: protocol for an interrupted time series study. BMJ Open. 2016;6(10):e013618.

Sharmin R, Jung B, Shimmell L, Solomon P. Benefits and challenges of role-emerging placements of student occupational therapists in HIV service organisations. Int J Ther Rehabil. 2016;23(12):574-82.

Vajravelu S, O’Brien K, Moll S, Solomon P. The impact of the episodic nature of chronic illness: a comparison of Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Edorium J Disabil Rehabil. 2016;2:53-65.

Worthington C, O’Brien K, Mill J, Caine V, Solomon P, Chaw-Kant J. A mixed-methods outcome evaluation of a mentorship intervention for Canadian nurses in HIV care. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2016;27(5):677-97.

Gewurtz RE, Coman L, Dhillon S, Jung B, Solomon P. Problem-based learning and theories of teaching and learning in health professional education. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 2016;4(1):59-70.

Solomon P, O'Brien KK, Baxter L, MacLachlan D, Robinson G. Community involvement in development of evidence-informed recommendations for rehabilitation in older adults living with HIV. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016;10(1):83-8.

Caine V, Mill J, O'Brien K, Solomon P, Worthington C, Dykeman M, et al. Implementation process of a Canadian community-based nurse mentorship intervention in HIV care. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2016;27(3):274-84..

Vajravelu S., MacDermid J., Mota R., Hasani F., Esakki S., Solomon P. (2015) Measuring health related quality of life in HIV positive individuals: content analyses of measures based on the international classification of functioning, disability and health and generic and disability core set. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 27: 217-231.

O'Brien KK, Solomon P, Bergin C, O'Dea S, Stratford P, Iku N, Bayoumi AM. (2015) Reliability and validity of a new HIV-specific questionnaire with adults living with HIV in Canada and Ireland: the HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ). Health Qual Life Outcomes, 13:124.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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