Tracey Colella, PhD, RN

Tracey JF Colella RN, ACNP, PhD is a Research Scientist and Clinician at Toronto Rehab/University Health Network’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program and an Associate Professor in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Colella completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario with a nursing education focus, and a post-graduate acute care nurse practitioner certificate within cardiac surgery specialization at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from the University of Calgary and her research focused on the investigation of a peer support intervention on recovery outcomes, specifically postoperative depression after cardiac surgery using a randomized controlled trial methodology.

My program of research focuses on strategies to facilitate seamless patient and family transitions through the cardiovascular continuum of care. Specific research interests include 1) social support intervention, 2) women's health, sex and gender differences in cardiac care, 3) technology use and AI in health care, 4) exercise-based program models including pre-habilitation, and 5) vulnerable populations including the high-risk surgical patient and the frail, older adult cardiac population.

For a list of Dr. Colella's publications, please visit PubMed or Scopus.

Associate Professor (Status only), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Faculty Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto