Research group on traumatic brain injury and vulnerable populations


Our research group aims to restore the autonomy and improve the living conditions of people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in situations of domestic violence or homelessness. At present, most of these people remain undiagnosed and struggle to have their needs addressed. The sectors directly involved with these vulnerable populations (healthcare, rehabilitation, community services, socio-judicial) often operate in silos and fail to recognize the importance of identifying TBI among them. Yet TBI represent a significant public health issue, as the effects of such injuries can impact the autonomy of these individuals, their ability to maintain employment, or care for their children.

By examining the specific needs of these vulnerable populations, the roles and collaborations of various intersectoral actors involved with them, and the opportunities provided by community rehabilitation, our research group hopes to understand how to better support them and facilitate their access to appropriate services. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a transformative social innovation: an ecosystem of intersectoral support that addresses the particular needs of individuals facing dual vulnerabilities, namely those who have experienced TBI and have lived through or are living in situations of violence or homelessness. Such an ecosystem could not only improve their quality of life, but also promote their physical and mental health, as well as their day-to-day autonomy.



Traumatic brain injury (TBI); Intimate partner violence; Homelessness; Community-based rehabilitation; Cross-sectoral approach; articipatory research; Co-design



Axe et thème de recherche

  • AXIS 2 – Participation, social inclusion and rehabilitation services
  • THEME 2 – Services, systems and policies


Research team

Carolina Bottari, erg., Ph.D.

Full Professor at the School of Rehabilitation
Université de Montréal
Researcher at CRIR-IURDPM



  • Laurence Roy, Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
  • Marie-Marthe Cousineau, Full Professor at the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal
  • Dominique Bernier, Professor, Department of Legal Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Sophie Lecours, Research Officer, Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal


Lab/research group location


Contact information

Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal
Gingras-Lindsay site
6300 Darlington Avenue
Montreal (Quebec), QC H3S 2J4
Telephone: 514 343-6111 (44048)
Carolina Bottari: