Research Programs


Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is the Director, Interprofessional Practice Based Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. As Director, she aims to drive the advancement of practice-based research with a view to improve patient care through knowledge discovery and translation. Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is an accomplished researcher with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and numerous published abstracts and conference presentations. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several grants with over $3 million in funding from various granting agencies. Her research focuses on outcomes for patients following brain injuries including concussions.

Recent Publications

  1. Dryden, L, Song, J, Valenzano, TJ, Yang, Z, Debnath, M, Lin, R et al.. Evaluation of Machine Learning Approaches for Predicting Warfarin Discharge Dose in Cardiac Surgery Patients: Retrospective Algorithm Development and Validation Study. JMIR Cardio. 2023;7 :e47262. doi: 10.2196/47262. PubMed PMID:38055310 PubMed Central PMC10733832.
  2. Witz, I, Lucchese, S, Valenzano, TJ, Penney, T, Lodge, R, Topolovec-Vranic, J et al.. Perceptions on implementation of a new standardized reporting tool to support structured morning rounds: Recommendations for interprofessional teams and healthcare leaders. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2022;53 (4S):S85-S92. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2022.06.006. PubMed PMID:35798671 .
  3. Bellicoso, D, Valenzano, TJ, Topolovec-Vranic, J. Effectiveness of a manuscript writing workshop on writing confidence amongst nursing and health disciplines clinicians. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2022;53 (4S):S79-S84. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2022.06.002. PubMed PMID:35753994 .
  4. Valenzano, TJ, Bellicoso, D, Morassaei, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Churchill, K, Thomson, N et al.. Advancing Practice-Based Research among Nursing and Health Disciplines Professionals by Creating a Network of Leaders. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2022;53 (4S):S71-S78. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2022.02.004. PubMed PMID:35232693 .
  5. Formosa, A, Dobronyi, I, Topolovec-Vranic, J. The educational needs of Canadian homeless shelter workers related to traumatic brain injury. Work. 2021;70 (4):1165-1175. doi: 10.3233/WOR-205111. PubMed PMID:34864707 .
  6. Gélinas, C, Boitor, M, Puntillo, KA, Arbour, C, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Behaviors Indicative of Pain in Brain-Injured Adult Patients With Different Levels of Consciousness in the Intensive Care Unit. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019;57 (4):761-773. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.333. PubMed PMID:30593909 .
  7. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Grosso, A, Jing, R, Ilie, G et al.. Pros and Cons of 19 Sport-Related Concussion Educational Resources in Canada: Avenues for Better Care and Prevention. Front Neurol. 2018;9 :872. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00872. PubMed PMID:30450073 PubMed Central PMC6224516.
  8. Workewych, AM, Ciuffetelli Muzzi, M, Jing, R, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Cusimano, MD et al.. Twitter and traumatic brain injury: A content and sentiment analysis of tweets pertaining to sport-related brain injury. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117720057. doi: 10.1177/2050312117720057. PubMed PMID:28890783 PubMed Central PMC5574478.
  9. Cusimano, MD, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Zhang, S, Mullen, SJ, Wong, M, Ilie, G et al.. Factors Influencing the Underreporting of Concussion in Sports: A Qualitative Study of Minor Hockey Participants. Clin J Sport Med. 2017;27 (4):375-380. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000372. PubMed PMID:28653965 .
  10. Cusimano, MD, Zhang, S, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Hutchison, MG, Jing, R. Factors affecting the concussion knowledge of athletes, parents, coaches, and medical professionals. SAGE Open Med. 2017;5 :2050312117694794. doi: 10.1177/2050312117694794. PubMed PMID:28540042 PubMed Central PMC5433676.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director, Interprofessional Practice Based Research, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto