Miguel-Cruz is an engineer and his research focuses on development and assessment, and user adoption of technologies for rehabilitation assessments and interventions, and ways technologies can help older adults and family caregivers.
He is currently working in the design, development, and validation of a home-centered sensor and voice-based intelligent personal-assistant platform to manage frailty in older adults. (i.e. measure, monitor, and prevent frailty). His long-term goal is to implement a platform to (1) identify hidden vulnerabilities, create evidence-based frailty-prevention recommendations (e.g., lifestyle, nutrition) for older adults, their families, and healthcare professionals to strengthen “anti-frailty” activities (e.g. motor, cognitive, etc.) through the delivery of personalized treatment interventions (e.g., computer serious games, monitoring alerts, guidance and education); and (2) to determine the impact of this interventions on healthcare outcomes (e.g. hospitalizations, medication, costs, quality of life, etc.).
Research projects (selected)
- 2020-2021. Miguel-Cruz , A (PI), David Rawani (co-investigator), Megan Kohls-Wiebe (co-investigator). Measuring the effects of 3D Immersion Technology (3Scape) on mental health outpatients on the START program at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital: a feasibility study. Funding: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
- 2019-2020. Miguel-Cruz, A (PI), Rios-Rincon, AM (co-investigator). TA 51 – Literature Review on “Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in the Military”. Funding: 2019/2020 Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR).
- 2019-2021. Miguel-Cruz, A (PI), Rios-Rincon, AM (co-investigator), Guptill, C (co-investigator). Evaluating a new device for hand therapy - the FEPSimTM: a feasibility and usability study. Funding: 2018/2021 Accelerating Innovation into CarE (AICE) program, Alberta Innovates
- 2018-2020. Miguel-Cruz, A (PI), Aya, PA (Co-PI), Sarmiento-Rojas, JS (Co-PI), Quiroga-Torrez, DA (Co-PI). Internet of Things and its Applications in Health: A Pilot Study. University of Rosario.
- 2019-2020. Miguel-Cruz A (PI), Rios-Rincon, AM (co-investigator), Liu, L (co-investigator). Effects of a powered and automated cargo management system on the biomechanical. variables of workers during ladder lifting tasks: A pilot study. Funding: Mitacs.
- 2019-2020. Miguel-Cruz (PI), Roxburgh, M(co-investigator), Liu, L (co-investigator). Characterization of a population of Canadian Forces Veterans receiving multidisciplinary rehabilitation services at the Occupational Performance Analysis Unit (OPAU): An exploratory pilot study. Funding: OPAU.
- 2019 –2020. Liu, L (PI), Miguel-Cruz, A (co-investigator), Ferworn, A (co-investigator). Technologies for assessment and management of wayfinding risks for persons living with dementia in their communities (AWCAT-2019-137). Funding: AGE-WELL Core Research Program 2020 (CRP Catalyst 2019).
- 2019 –2020. Strouglia, E (PI). Miguel-Cruz, A (co-investigator), Rios-Rincon, AM (co-investigator). An Open Platform of Serious Games for Cognitive Assessment and Intervention (AW-PP2019-PP4). Funding: AGE-WELL Core Research Program 2020 (CRP Catalyst 2019).
- 2018—2019. Liu, L (PI), Rios-Rincon, AM (co-investigator), Miguel-Cruz, A (co-investigator). Usability of LaceUp, a foot stool that facilitates optimum body posture when putting on footwear: Perspectives of occupational therapists. Funding: Mitacs.
- 2018—2019. Rios-Rincon, AM (PI), Miguel-Cruz, A (co-PI), Dziwenko,G (co-PI), Dang, S-L (Co-PI), Cimolini, M (Co-PI). The effects of playing the Glenrose Grocery Game on the specific mental functions and functioning in inpatient older adults: a feasibility study. Funding: 2018 Clinical Research Grant Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Alberta Health Services