The Leadership Award in Nursing Research is presented to the RN or NP who actively explores innovative ideas in nursing research. This individual enhances the image of nursing by engaging in efforts to disseminate research knowledge, and is in dialogue with RNs, NPs and nursing students to identify nursing research needs. The member has a proven ability to attract research funding and actively participates in the activities of professional organizations.

Dr. Charlene Chu

Dr. Charlene Chu is an assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto (2019), and an affiliate scientist at KITE Toronto Rehab at the University Health Network. She is cross appointed (status only) with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Institute for Life Course & Aging at the University of Toronto. As an RN with 15 years of experience working with older adults across the health spectrum, Charlene’s primary area of research is in designing and evaluating technology-enabled interventions that support the quality of life of older adults in post-acute care settings (e.g. long-term care, rehabilitation, community). She focuses on person-centred interventions, co-designing and evaluating innovative technology that is translatable into practice, and using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in patient care. Charlene has published more than 60 articles, two book chapters in health and AI, holds more than $1.6 million in multiple Tri-Council grants, and has two patents pertaining to computer vision algorithms.

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Charlene Chu