Dr Sara Ahmed

Dr Sara Ahmed
Principal Investigator and Director of PCHI lab

BSc (PT, McGill); MSc (Rehabilitation Medicine, McGill); PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill), Post-doctoral Studies (Clinical and Health Informatics, Medicine, McGill)



McGill University
Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy,

McGill University
Associate Member
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

McGill University
Associate Member
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

McGill University Health Centre
Division of Clinical Epidemiology & Clinical and Health Informatics

Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation  (CRIR)
Regular Member

McGill RUIS Center of Expertise in Chronic Pain
Faculty of Medicine representative on the Executive and Steering Committee at the McGill RUIS of the Chronic Pain Continuum (clinical networks of care)

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Executive Committee
Knowledge Mobilization Network

Réseau Québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement
Research Member

Areas of expertise: 

Sara Ahmed, PhD, is a physical therapist and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, and Associate Member in Epidemiology and Family Medicine. She runs a research program and health informatics lab located at the Lethbridge Layton Mackey. 

She is the scientific director of the Biomedical Research & Informatics Living Laboratory for Innovative Advances of New Technologies in Rehabilitation (BRILLIANT) (https://www.brilliant-cfi.ca) project that aims to develop transformative methods and technologies for interdisciplinary rehabilitation health professionals to tailor medical and psychosocial interventions to the needs of individuals with chronic conditions. 

She received FRSQ junior I and II, and senior research scholar awards and also holds an appointment in the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation and the McGill University Health Center CORE, clinical epidemiology. Her research program strives to improve individuals’ function and health-related quality of life in two themes: Theme 1) addressing the challenges of using patient reported outcome measures (e.g. health-related quality of life, self-efficacy) and the use of advanced psychometric approaches for improving the precision and efficiency of outcome evaluations. She also works with clinical teams to implement ePROM toolkits in patient centered-chronic disease management to support clinical decision making, and Theme 2) the development and implementation of digital health solutions and decision support interventions to deliver individualised rehabilitation care and self-management support.

Areas of interest: 

Chronic disease management
Clinical epidemiology
Health informatics
Health outcome assessment,
Health services research
Health technology assessment
Population and public health
Preventive Medicine


POTH 401 Research Methods (3 credits)

POTH 624 Master's Project (6 credits)

POTH 630 Measurement: Rehabilitation 2 (3 credits)

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