Amanda McIntyre was presented with the 2018 Leadership Award for Fellows & Students at this year’s Lawson Impact Awards, recognizing her skills as a leader, researcher, clinician and community advocate. McIntyre is a PhD candidate in nursing at Western University and a part of Lawson researcher Dr. Robert Teasell’s team at St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute.
McIntyre began her career at Lawson as a research assistant in 2011 and since then has built an impressive academic and research record, while at the same time obtaining a nursing degree from Western University. In addition to her many research obligations, she continues to take regular nursing shifts in the emergency department to build her clinical experience.
“We nominated Amanda because she’s kind of like a renaissance person. She does a lot of things and whatever she does, she does really well,” says Dr. Robert Teasell, medical director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Parkwood Institute.
McIntyre is involved in a variety of research projects in the field of neurorehabilitation and has been an author on 50 peer-reviewed publications.
She is the project coordinator and an editor of the Spinal Cord Injury Evidence-Based Review (SCIRE), an extensive and comprehensive review of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation literature considered to be the leading research synthesis of SCI rehabilitation anywhere in the world. She also had an active role in the development of the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care.
McIntyre is a two-time recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Horney Fellowship in Rehabilitation Research, which is funded through St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. As part of her fellowship, she is conducting research on the transition of stroke patients from inpatient to outpatient rehabilitation, and back to the community. Her doctoral research will focus on the delivery and access of care in emergency departments and the influence this has on patient outcomes.
McIntyre has assumed a supervisory and mentorship role in Dr. Teasell’s lab. She has been instrumental to the development of many research assistants, students and volunteers.
She is also currently the graduate students’ representative on the Nursing Research Advisory Committee, and a research practicum mentor for Nurse Practitioner students at Western University, allowing her to act as an advocate for current and future nursing students.
She says, “Winning this award is a huge privilege. It represents not just my successes but our entire team’s success, so I think it’s a win for all of us.”