Charlene Chu is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg at the University of Toronto. She draws on her 12-years of clinical nursing experience to inform her research and teaching that supports excellence in gerontological nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and technology uptake. Her PhD is from the University of Toronto and her dissertation was the first study to deliver physical activity with an explicit person-centered approach to residents with dementia in long-term care (Published). With extensive experience managing several research programs in academically affiliated health institutions, at the University of Toronto, as well as private consulting for the largest provider of long-term care homes in Canada, Charlene has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and over 70 presentations in international, national, and local conferences to disseminate her research findings. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a grant prototyping an innovative exergaming platform for older adults in long-term care. Learn more about her content expertise

Technology development

Applies a user-centered design approach to create technology to improve the lives of older adults

Intervention design and evaluation

Designs interventions, and evaluates effectiveness based on relevant metrics and benchmarks

Person-centered care

Methodological expertise in embedding person-centered care and patient preference into technology development and interventions

Knowledge translation

Facilitates and acceptability of innovative interventions


What is person centered care?