Vanina Dal Bello-Haas

Vanina Dal Bello-Haas

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 27822
Fax: (905) 524-0069
Office: Rm.403E, IAHS


Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PhD, PT is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Assistant Dean, Physiotherapy. Vanina 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

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

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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Arnold CM, Dal Bello-Haas VP, Farthing JP, Crockett KL, Haver CR, Johnston G, Basran J. (2016) Falls and wrist fracture: Relationship to women's functional status after age 50. Can J Aging, Jul 1. Doi: 10.1017/S0714980816000337. [Epub ahead of print].

Kosteniuk JG, Morgan DG, O'Connell ME, Kirk A, Crossley M, Teare GF, Stewart NJ, Bello-Haas VD, McBain L, Mou H, Forbes DA, Innes A, Quail JM. (2016) Simultaneous temporal trends in dementia incidence and prevalence, 2005-2013: a population-based retrospective cohort study in Saskatchewan, Canada. Int Psychogeriatr. Jun 29. Doi: 10.1017/S1041610216000818. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

O'Connell ME, Dal Bello-Haas V, Crossley M, & Morgan D. (2014). Clinical correlates of awareness for balance, function, and memory: evidence for the modality specificity of awareness. J Aging Res, 2014, 674716.

Morgan DG, Walls-Ingram S, Cammer A, O'Connell ME, Crossley M, Dal Bello-Haas V, Forbes D, Innes A, Kirk A, & Stewart N. (2014). Informal caregivers' hopes and expectations of a referral to a memory clinic. Soc Sci Med, 102, 111-118.

Morgan D, Crossley M, Stewart N, Kirk A, Forbes D, D'Arcy C, Dal Bello-Haas V, McBain L, O'Connell M, Bracken J, Kosteniuk J, & Cammer A. (2014). Evolution of a community-based participatory approach in a rural and remote dementia care research program. Prog Community Health Partnersh, 8(3), 337-345.

Dal Bello-Haas V, O'Connell ME, Morgan DG, & Crossley M. (2014). Lessons learned: feasibility and acceptability of a telehealth-delivered exercise intervention for rural-dwelling individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Rural Remote Health, 14(3), 2715.

Dal Bello-Haas V, O'Connell ME, & Morgan DG. (2014). Maintaining health and wellness in the face of dementia: an exploratory analysis of individuals attending a rural and remote memory clinic. Rural Remote Health, 14(3), 2722.

Dal Bello-Haas V, Cammer A, Morgan D, Stewart N, & Kosteniuk J. (2014). Rural and remote dementia care challenges and needs: perspectives of formal and informal care providers residing in Saskatchewan, Canada. Rural Remote Health, 14(3), 2747.

Dal Bello-Haas V, Crossley M, O'Connell M, Morgan D, & Kirk A. (2014). Characteristics of falls in community-dwelling older adults with early memory problems. Alzheimers Dement, 10(4), P742-P743.

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


(905) 525-9140 Ext: 22867


(905) 524-0069



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