Vanina Dal Bello-Haas

Vanina Dal Bello-Haas

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 27822
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 403/D


Dr. Dal Bello-Haas, PhD, PT is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and Assistant Dean of the Physiotherapy Program.  Dr. Dal Bello-Haas graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto, completed her Master’s degree at Brock University and her PhD at Cleveland State University.  She was a faculty member at Cleveland State University (Department of Health Sciences/Physical Therapy Program) and the University of Saskatchewan (School of Physical Therapy) before arriving at McMaster in 2011.  Vanina has worked with a variety of patient populations and has practiced in most physiotherapy practice areas since graduation, and has specialized in the assessment and management of individuals with neurodegenerative diseases and older adults since 1994.  Dr. Dal Bello-Haas is also currently a member of the MAC H2OPE clinic Executive Council.

Research Expertise

Dr. Dal Bello-Haas' research interests include: (1) older adults and individuals with neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dementia; (2) therapeutic interventions (including tele-rehabilitation) that maximize function and quality of life along the aging continuum, the degenerative disease trajectory; (3) educational research - professional issues, use of web-based interfaces in teaching, peer evaluation, and strategies to increase capacity of health care professionals interested in working with older adults and neurologic populations.
Research methods include qualitative, quantitative, and systematic reviews.

Graduate Students

Dr. Dal Bello-Haas is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to

Lab/Research Institute

Vanina collaborates with researchers from:
The Rural Dementia Care Team
The Centre on Aging and Health
The School of Rehabilitation Science

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Kaasalainen S, Sussman T, Bui M, Akhtar-Danesh N, Laporte RD, McCleary L, … Dal Bello-Haas V, et al. What are the differences among occupational groups related to their palliative care-specific educational needs and intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care homes? BMC Palliat Care. 2017;16:33.

Vrkljan B & Dal Bello-Haas V. Sailing towards new horizons: reflecting on our past and (re)-shaping older adult rehabilitation science of the future. Phys Occup Ther Geriatr. 2017;35(1):1-2.

Morgan DG, Kosteniuk JG, O’Connell ME, Dal Bello-Haas V, Stewart NJ, Karunanayake C. Dementia-related work activities of home care nurses and aides: frequency, perceived competence, and continuing education priorities. Educ Gerontol. 2016;42(2):120-35.

Kosteniuk JG, Morgan DG, O’Connell ME, Dal Bello-Haas V, Stewart NJ. Focus on dementia care: continuing education preferences, challenges, and catalysts among rural home care providers. Educ Gerontol. 2016;42(9):608-20.

Arnold CM, Dal Bello-Haas V, Farthing JP, Crockett KL, Haver CR, Johnston G, Basran J. Falls and wrist fracture: relationship to women's functional status after age 50. Can J Aging. 2016;35(3):361-71.

Kosteniuk JG, Morgan DG, O’Connell ME, Kirk A, Crossley M, Teare GF, Stewart NJ, Dal Bello-Haas V, et al. Simultaneous temporal trends in dementia incidence and prevalence, 2005-2013: a population-based retrospective cohort study in Saskatchewan, Canada. Int Psychogeriatr. 2016;28(10):1643-58.

Morgan DG, Kosteniuk JG, Stewart NJ, O'Connell ME, Kirk A, Crossley M, Dal Bello-Haas V, Forbes D, Innes A. (2015) Availability and primary health care orientation of dementia-related services in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Home Health Care Serv Q, 34(3-4), 137-158.

Kosteniuk J, Morgan D, O’Connell M, Kirk A, Crossley M, Teare G, Stewart N, Dal Bello-Haas V, Forbes D, Innes A, Quail J. (2015) Incidence and prevalence of dementia in linked administrative health data in Saskatchewan, Canada: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Geriatr, 15, 73.

O'Connell ME, Dal Bello-Haas V, Crossley M, & Morgan DG. (2015). Attitudes toward physical activity and exercise: Comparison of memory clinic patients and their caregivers and prediction of activity levels. J Aging Phys Act, 23(1), 112-119.

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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