Antonia Arnaert, RN, MPA, PhD
Master's Program Director (Direct-Entry & Nurse Entry)
680 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2M7
antonia.arnaert [at] mcgill.ca
Dr. Arnaert obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health – with a specialization as a Clinical Nurse Specialist - in 1990 at the Centre for Health Services Research and Nursing, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; her Master’s in Public Administration at the European University College Brussels in 1992 and her PhD in Public Health at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2001. Dr. Arnaert is also trained as a Registered Nurse from the School of Nursing St-Jan in Bruges, Belgium. She has held faculty positions at the Catholic University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) and is presently a tenured Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University. She is an Associate Member of the McGill Department of Surgery, Division of Experimental Surgery, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre intégré de santé et services sociaux de l’Outaouais.
Dr. Arnaert is an educator, researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur. Her research is focused on the transformation of healthcare delivery and education through technology and support of the digital health ecosystem. She is particularly interested in the use of digital technologies to create new opportunities for innovation in the areas of preventive care, personalization, mass customization, and community-supported services for seniors and people with chronic conditions. Her areas of expertise are eHealth, mHealth, telenursing, digital technology, wearable technology, and augmented reality, and her program of research has been continuously funded by national and international grant agencies. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has delivered many presentations at scientific conferences. In addition, Dr. Arnaert has been an ad hoc reviewer for various publications, textbooks, and funding agencies.
Dr. Arnaert is currently working on the following research projects: 1) Prototype development of a “smart back” wearable health device to prevent and manage recurrent lower back pain; 2) Prototype development of a virtual learning environment for safe patient handling and mobility using augmented reality; 3) Evaluation of a technology-enabled case management program for patients with complex needs in New Brunswick; 4) Implementation and evaluation of a home telemonitoring program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Montreal; 5) Evaluating the use of a remote monitoring platform for palliative care patients; and 6) Testing a wearable health device to provide personalized care to high-risk heart failure patients post-discharge.