Suelen joined HQC as an Improvement Lead in November of 2020. She brings to this role her diverse experience with health-related measurement designs and knowledge translation approaches supporting the planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient-driven initiatives.
She holds a Doctoral and Master’s in Kinesiology from the Federal University of Parana (Brazil) and Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the State University of Ponta Grossa (Brazil) with strong experience leading a variety of community-oriented projects focused on the physical, psychological, and social factors associated with clinical conditions. Before joining the HQC, Suelen worked on patient-driven projects while a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan (College of Kinesiology and School of Rehab Science) and a Research Project Manager at Queen’s University (School of Rehab Therapy).
Her experience has spanned numerous aspects of the role of mobility, neuromuscular, and psychosocial factors associated with falls among individuals with chronic conditions and impacted by social inequities & discrimination (especially with women, individuals with low socioeconomic status, and seniors). Her work has also explored the efficacy of patient-oriented interventions on function and quality of life of individuals with clinical conditions.