Sunnybrook Research Institute
North York, Ontario
Andresa R. Marinho-Buzelli has achieved her doctoral degree from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto. Her thesis work focused on the analysis of postural control and the initiation of walking of individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) during immersion in water. Andresa is an internationally-educated physical therapist with specialization in Neurorehabilitation and a Master’s in Neurophysiology. She worked as a professor in Neurorehabilitation in a school of Physical Therapy in Brazil where she started the investigation of the effects of aquatic therapy on mobility of individuals with stroke. After completing her one-year postdoctoral research at KITE - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute investigating professionals' use of hydrotherapy for SCI, Andresa was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship to implement and advance aquatic therapy for stroke survivors in Canada. Andresa’s long-term research vision is to develop optimal and feasible aquatic therapies for the rehabilitation of balance and mobility of individuals with neurological conditions.