Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

Andrea Iaboni MD, Dphil, FRCPC
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry (PSCHT)
Contact Info
T: (416) 597-3422 3027
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute University Centre
550 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 2A2
Research Interests
Movement Science, Rehabilitation Technology Sciences

Dr. Andrea Iaboni is a geriatric psychiatrist and clinician-investigator at the University Health Network, based at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and is the Research Lead in the Geriatric Rehab Program. She has a doctorate in clinical medicine from the University of Oxford and completed her medical training, residency, and fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Her research focuses on preventing premature and excess disability in older adults after falls or injuries by addressing psychological barriers to rehabilitation. She also is involved in research on the prevention of injury through rational use of psychotropic medications in frail older adults, including clinical trials of medication effects on balance and gait. Her clinical practice focuses on people with dementia in various settings including long-term care, a tertiary dementia care unit, telepsychiatry, and memory clinics. She also provides consultation to rehabilitation inpatient programs.


Research Synopsis

Dr. Iaboni is a geriatric psychiatrist and clinical researcher based at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network. She completed a doctorate in Molecular Immunology followed by post-doctoral research in Sleep Medicine and a research fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Her research interests include 1) Prevention of injury through rational use of psychotropic medications in frail older adults, and 2) Prevention of disability in older adults after falls or injuries. At present, Dr. Iaboni's research includes both pharmacoepidemiological research into current psychotropic prescribing practices and clinical trials of medication effects on balance and gait.

Current projects:

  1. Effect of depression and fear of falling on outcomes of older adults participating in a falls prevention program.
  2. Effect of a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI antidepressant) on balance and gait in older adults with depression.
  3. Prescribing practices and risks in the initiation of antidepressant therapy in older adults after hip fracture.
  4. Trends in the use of sedative medications in older adults in the community and long-term care in Ontario.

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. Challenges in Collecting Big Data in A Clinical Environment with Vulnerable Population: Lessons Learned from A Study Using A Multi-modal Sensors Platform.(link is external)
    Sci Eng Ethics. 2018 Oct 24;:
    Ye B, Khan SS, Chikhaoui B, Iaboni A, Martin LS, Newman K, Wang A, Mihailidis A
  2. The Complex, Multifaceted Relationship Between Cognitive Impairment and Hip Fracture.(link is external)
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Aug 03;:
    Bingham KS, Iaboni A, Flint AJ
  3. Low-Dose Trazodone, Benzodiazepines, and Fall-Related Injuries in Nursing Homes: A Matched-Cohort Study.(link is external)
    J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Sep 24;:
    Bronskill SE, Campitelli MA, Iaboni A, Herrmann N, Guan J, Maclagan LC, Watt J, Rochon PA, Morris AM, Jeffs L, Bell CM, Maxwell CJ
  4. Quantitative Mobility Assessment for Fall Risk Prediction in Dementia: A Systematic Review.(link is external)
    Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2018 Jul 24;45(5-6):353-367
    Dolatabadi E, Van Ooteghem K, Taati B, Iaboni A
  5. Evaluating Mobility in Advanced Dementia: A Scoping Review and Feasibility Analysis.(link is external)\
    Gerontologist. 2018 Jul 05;:
    Van Ooteghem K, Musselman K, Gold D, Marcil MN, Keren R, Tartaglia MC, Flint AJ, Iaboni A