Elsa Marziali

Ph.D. (Smith College)

Dr. Marziali is a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest and is a Professor in the faculties of Social Work and Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Marziali’s projects have focused on the development and evaluation of Internet-based video conferencing educational support programs for caregivers of family members with long-term disabilities and degenerative diseases (dementia, stroke, Parkinson, traumatic brain injury). Current studies focus on Internet-based support programs for patients with chronic disease (cardiovascular, stroke and Type II diabetes) that fail to adhere to prescribed rehabilitation regimes.

In addition, Dr. Marziali is currently developing a tool for assessing the personal resources and vulnerabilities of family caregivers of persons with dementia (Alzheimer or other). In combination with functional autonomy ratings of the person with dementia, the caregiver assessment tool provides the basis for prescribing home care services that address the health needs of the person with dementia as well as his/her caregiver.