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Dr. K​arine Toupin-April

Dr. Karine Toupin-April is an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a co-director of the “Society, the Individual and Medicine” courses offered to medical students in the Francophone stream at the University of Ottawa. She is also one of the editors in the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group.

Dr. Toupin-April holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation, and a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of Montreal. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

She has research expertise in chronic disease management, complementary and alternative medicine, patient-reported outcome measures, shared decision making and knowledge translation. Her research includes the development and assessment of patient-reported outcome measures, decision support interventions and self-management tools in pediatric and adult rheumatology. As a young investigator, her program of research aims to develop and evaluate a decision support intervention to help youth with juvenile arthritis to choose among pain management options. Her research is funded by The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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