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The Ward Family Summer Student Research Program

Project Descriptions

  

Darcy Fehlings

The student will be a member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians focused on children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP). While there may be an opportunity to work on a few projects, the student will specifically assist with the development of a manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal looking at identifying risk factors associated with pain in children and youth with CP.  This role will specifically involve literature reviews, data cleaning, data analysis/interpretation, and manuscript development to the point of submission. The student may also gain practical experience in clinical research skills specifically involving ethics closure documentation, creating family-friendly summaries of funding, and knowledge translation processes. To be eligible, students must be in their 3rd or 4th year of study.

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Deryk Beal

Deryk Beal is a Clinician Scientist and a speech-language pathologist within the Bloorview Research Institute at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Beal conducts innovative research to understand the neurobiological and behavioural characteristics of communication disorders in childhood and to develop new treatments for children with speech and language impairments. The summer student will contribute to one or more research studies that look at the neural development of speech and language, the impact of hearing loss in children with brain injury, and treatment outcomes for children undergoing speech therapy.

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Elaine Biddiss

The mission of PEARL (Possibility Engineering And Research Lab) is to design and evaluate technologies that create possibilities for disabled children to engage in physical activities and therapies, music, and the arts. Our innovative solutions are designed and evaluated through interdisciplinary collaborations with health professionals, engineers, designers, social scientists, children and their families.

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Evdokia Anagnostou

At the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Holland Bloorview, we do research that aims to improve the function and quality of life of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD or autism) and their families. We conduct innovative research to understand the biology and symptoms of autism, and to develop novel interventions for children and adults with autism. Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou and Dr. Jessica Brain are co-directors of ARC. To be eligible, students must have an academic average over 75%.

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Gillian King (2 summer student positions)

Dr. Gillian King is a Senior Scientist within the Bloorview Research Institute, Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on psychosocial aspects of intervention for children/youth with disabilities and their families. There are opportunities for two summer students to be involved in the following projects (each project is looking for one student): (1) a CIHR-funded study on client engagement in the pediatric rehabilitation process; (2) a project aiming to enhance service providers’ collaborative partnership skills (listening effectively, engaging clients meaningfully, and giving feedback constructively). The students will assist with literature reviews and preparation of educational materials, including strategy checklists, educational modules, and/or manuals designed for clinicians and students. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a social sciences or health sciences program (year 1 – 4 only) with an academic average over 75%.

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Jessica Brian

At the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Holland Bloorview, we do research that aims to improve the function and quality of life of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD or autism) and their families. We conduct innovative research to understand the biology and symptoms of autism, and to develop novel interventions for children and adults with autism. Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou and Dr. Jessica Brain are co-directors of ARC. 

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Nick Reed

Nick Reed is a Clinician Scientist and occupational therapist within the Bloorview Research Institute and Co-Director of the Concussion Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where he is involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of concussion research, educational and clinical programming.  The summer student will contribute to one or more research studies that look at the area(s) of mild traumatic injury/concussion in kids.

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Sally Lindsay

Dr. Sally Lindsay is a Scientist within the Bloorview Research Insitute and leads the TRAIL lab. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focuses on transitions to adulthood and employment for youth with disabilites. The summer student will be involved in the following projects: (1) A peer e-mentoring intervention to improve employment for youth with physical disabilities; (2) transitions to adult health care for youth with duchenne muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders. The student will assist with recruitment, data collection, data entry and analysis. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in year 1 – 4 with an academic average over 75%.

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Tom Chau

The prism lab discovers new ways to decode behavioral and physiological manifestations of communicative intent in nonverbal children and youth with severe physical disabilities. Current research projects include various motor-based access technologies that harness orofacial gestures,  muscle contractions, and vocal fold vibrations, as well as brain-based access alternatives including opto-hemodynamic and neuro-electric brain-machine interfaces. Specifically, we have developed  brain-machine interfaces that are driven by mental tasks, those that are controlled by intentional modulation of blood flow in a task-free paradigm, as well as interfaces that detect particular event-related potentials as well as spontaneous evolution of brain states. In parallel, we have developed an access technology delivery protocol that engages the client, families and where appropriate teaching staff and clinicians to facilitate consistent and functional use of novel access technology. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in an engineering/technical program with an academic average of 80% or higher.

 

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