Margot McMain-Klein received her M.H.Sc. in Community Health & Epidemiology and B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She brings extensive experience from her work both clinically as a pediatric Occupational Therapist and in a research capacity. Margot is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto.
Margot’s research interests are focused on the opportunities and constraints of new media technologies for children with disabilities to build relationships, construct identity and challenge disability discourse. Specifically, her doctoral research will employ the novel methodology of virtual ethnography to consider online video sharing sites through which children with disabilities can broadcast their own stories about the experience of living with disability via user-generated videos. A recipient of a CIHR Research Training Fellowship in Health Care, Technology and Place for 2014-2015 Margot is working under the primary HCTP mentorship of Dr. Barbara Gibson.
Patrick Jachyra is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. Barbara Gibson at the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies Unit, and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. He is a trainee in the national Autism Research Training Program supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and also is a trainee in the Collaborative Program in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.
Working with Dr. Evodokia Anagnostou of the Autism Research Centre in the Bloorview Research Institute, Patrick’s doctoral research explores the experiences of children and youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who participate (and or indeed do not participate) in sport, physical activity, and physical culture. Patrick’s research is driven to understand the optimal physical activities, spaces, practices, cultures and policies that support the health and well-being of all children and youth on the autism spectrum. To date, Patrick has delivered invited international presentations about his research at Loughborough University, University of Bath, and the University of St. Mark & St. John, and his research has been profiled with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto (http://www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca/news-events/phd-profile-patrick-jachyra-examines-physical-activity-participation-among-youth-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd/) Currently, Patrick’s research is supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Patrick is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Kimel Family Graduate Student Scholarship in Paediatric Disability Research from the Bloorview Research Institute.
Patrick received his Hon. B.P.H.E (2012) and MSc (2014) degrees from the University of Toronto. In the community, Patrick leads a youth council program for youth with disabilities, and is an assistant coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Baseball team. Patrick is happy to be contacted at: email@example.com to discuss his research and community involvement further.
Jachyra, P. (2016). Boys, bullying and participation in Health and Physical Education class. Implications for health and well-being. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 7, 2, 121-138. DOI:10.1080/18377122.2016.1196112.
Jachyra, P., & Gibson, B.E. (2016). Boys, transitions and physical (in)activity: exploring the socio-behavioural mediators of participation. Physiotherapy Canada, 68 (1), 81-89.
Jachyra, P., Atkinson, M., & Gibson, B.E. (2014). Gender performativity during interviews with adolescent boys. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6(4), 568-582.
Denise DuBois is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. Barbara Gibson in the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Bloorview Research Institute, and Dr. Emily Nalder, in the Community Integration and Participation Unit, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI). Denise receives funding from the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and March of Dimes Canada. Denise is currently a member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience. In 2016, Denise published “Interoception in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Conceptual review” in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.
Denise is an occupational therapist with expertise intervening with youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Denise’s current research builds on her five years of clinical experience at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her doctoral thesis tackles the current residential crisis that faces Ontario’s developmental sector. Her research will focus on understanding the process of transition for adults with IDD/ASD and their families during residential relocation from the family home to another community location. Conceptually framed by Actor-Network Theory, Denise is particularly interested in describing how material aspects of the system interact to enable or disable sustainable, inclusive residential relocation. Denise will utilize critical qualitative methodologies, including media and policy analysis, the “go along method,” and exploration of the meaning of the home and neighbourhood to explore how human and material aspects of localized networks circulate and combine to enable or disable this transition process.
Denise graduated from her MSc. OT from the University of Toronto in 2010, receiving the Hospital for Sick Children’s Prize in Pediatrics and the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. She received her Bachelors of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University in 2008, where she specialized in health and science communication. She is currently a contributor and senior editor of rehabINK, RSI’s student-led online magazine. She is the research coordinator for the Voices of Youth Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which utilizes inclusive video methodologies to explore friendship and belonging for youth with IDD. Denise also volunteers with L’Arche Canada.
DuBois, D., Ameis, S. H., Lai, M. C., Casanova, M. F., & Desarkar, P. (2016). Interoception in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review.International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 52, 1-16.
DuBois, D., Giovanni, S., Chui, A., & Nalder, E. (2017). Capitalizing on lived experience to design a smartphone app for everyday life. Occupational Therapy Now, 19, 16-20.
DuBois, D. (2016). Managed Alcohol Programs in the community: What do they enable? rehabINK, 2. https://rehabinkmag.com/2016/10/11/managed-alcohol-programs-in-the-community-what-do-they-enable/
Jenny Setchell is a Post Doctoral Fellow supervised by Dr. Barbara Gibson at the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies Unit. She also holds a concurrent Post Doctoral position at the School of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation of the University of Queensland. Her research interests include post-structuralist critical perspectives on healthcare broadly, and physiotherapy, disability and pain specifically. Jenny has been published in both national and international physiotherapy and psychology journals and has presented extensively on her work. Jenny’s PhD in psychology at the University of Queensland focussed on weight stigma in physiotherapy. Jenny also has 20 years of diverse clinical experience as a physiotherapist in Australia and internationally primarily in the musculoskeletal and sports sub-disciplines. Jenny is a founding member, and co-chairs the executive committee of the international Critical Physiotherapy Network. She is also a member of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology. Jenny was the recipient of the Margret Mittelheuser Fellowship for post-graduate study in 2015. She has also been an acrobat and a human rights worker. Jenny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at @divo_setchell
Setchell J, Nicholls D, Gibson B. Objecting: Multiplicity and the practice of physiotherapy. Health. In Press.
Nicholls DA, Atkinson K, Bjorbækmo W, Gibson BE, Latchem J., Olesen, J., Ralls, J. Setchell J. Connectivity: An emerging concept for physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2016; 32(3), 159-170.
Setchell J, Gard M, Jones L, Watson, B. Addressing weight stigma in physiotherapy: Development of a theory driven approach to rethinking weight related interactions. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. In Press.
Julia Gray is a Post Doctoral Fellow supervised by Dr. Barbara Gibson at the Critical Disability and Rehabilitation Studies Unit. Her work spans the arts, humanities and social sciences and explores the intersection of arts, health, learning and social change. Originally trained as a playwright and theatre director, with a background in dance, she is the playwright/director of several research-informed theatre projects including After the Crash: a play about brain injury, Seeing the Forest (co-written with Dr. Gail Mitchell about patient safety culture in hospitals) and most recently Cracked: new light on dementia. Through her PhD (OISE/UT), Julia developed a conceptual framework for research-informed theatre to better understand at the ways artists use their bodies and imagination to explore experiences and ideas. This ground breaking study responds to calls by arts-based health researchers for more critically-threaded and theoretically-grounded approaches to arts-based research. She has published and presented across disciplines including in rehabilitation science, nursing, social science, recreation and leisure, public health, applied theatre and literature, performance studies, and education. Julia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from York University’s Department of Theatre and was a CIHR Strategic Training Doctoral Fellow in Health Care, Technology and Place from 2012 to 2014.
Parsons, .JA., Gladstone, B.M., Gray, J., Kontos, P. (submitted) Re-conceptualising 'impact' in arts-informed health research. Journal of Applied Arts and Health.
Gray, J. & Mitchell, G. (2016) Considering Aesthetics: bringing new awareness to patient safety culture in hospitals. G. Belliveau and G. Lea (Eds) Research-based theatre: An Artistic Methodology, (pp. 77-88). Bristol, UK: Intellect.
Gray, J., Kontos, P. (2015) Immersion, imagination and embodiment: moving beyond an aesthetic of objectivity in research-informed performance in health [31 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 16(2), Art. 29. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1502290.
Gray, J., Agnihotri, S., James, J., Morin, S., Colantonio, A. and Keightley, M. (2011) An arts-based approach to co-facilitation of a theatre program for teenagers with acquired brain injury. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2(3), 221-235, doi: 10.1386/jaah.2.3.221_1
Gail Teachman successfully defended her PhD dissertation in February 2016, under the supervision of Barbara Gibson and Colin Macarthur in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary research demonstrated the often hidden forms of exclusion experienced by non-speaking disabled children and the unintended moral harms that are perpetrated through well-intentioned "inclusive" interventions. In recognition of her leadership and research excellence, Gail was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Faculty of Medicine Award for Research Innovation and a CIHR Fellowship. She was one of three University of Toronto 2016 graduates awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal; the gold medal is one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian graduate student can receive. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Dr. Teachman worked as an occupational therapist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and taught as a Clinical Associate with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto. Gail is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and can be reached at email@example.com
Yani Hamdani is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto (UofT). She was also a PhD Fellow in the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy at DLSPH for 3 years. Yani received her MA in Curriculum (Adaptive Instruction) from UofT and is a registered occupational therapist in Ontario. She formerly worked as a clinician in life skills, wellness and transition to adulthood programs at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She contributes to clinical and research training of students in the MSc in Occupational Therapy program at UofT through teaching and curriculum committee work.
Yani was a graduate student trainee under the supervision of Dr. Gibson on two CIHR funded projects affiliated with the Bloorview Research Institute – Optimal environments for severely disabled youthand Becoming men: Advancing methods and frameworks for understanding the intersection of gender and disability for disabled young men. She was a co-investigator on the longitudinal evaluation of the LIFEspan model – a model of transitional rehabilitative care between Holland Bloorview and Toronto Rehab Institute.
Yani’s PhD research investigates discourses and social assumptions about ‘disability’ and ‘adulthood’ underlying multi-sector policies aimed at improving the transition to adult health and community services for disabled youth in Ontario. She is interested in the effects of these discourses and assumptions on the health and transitions experiences of youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Yani integrates rehabilitation, health promotion, social determinants of health, policy change and critical qualitative inquiry perspectives in her research. She aims to advance the health and social participation of people with childhood onset disabilities over the life course by collaborating with youth, families and policymakers on research that informs policy and practice change. Yani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Coralee McLaren completed her undergraduate/graduate studies in Nursing at the University of Toronto, and worked as a Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her award winning PhD dissertation focused on the relationship between children’s movement and the physical environment. During her Post-doctoral Fellowship hosted jointly by Bloorview Research Institute and CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Dr. McLaren and CDARS lead scientist Dr. Barbara Gibson co-wrote and secured a CIHR funded grant aimed at developing synergies between dance, neuroscience, architecture and education. Combining postmodern theory with artistic and empirical methods, this research seeks to gain critical insights into the relationship between movement and cognition in children with diverse abilities and optimize their physical and social interactions at school. This work draws on Dr. McLaren’s former career with the Toronto Dance Theatre and teaching experience at the associated School, York and Ryerson University Dance departments. Dr. McLaren is an Assistant Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University, and an Adjunct Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute.
Stephanie Hanson began her journey at Holland Bloorview as a summer student with the Ward Family Summer Student Research Program under the supervision of Barbara Gibson in 2008, and continued to be supervised by Dr. Gibson until 2011. In 2009, she received the Ward Family Summer Student Research Presentation award for her presentation, Assessment of Children’s Capacity to Consent for Research: A descriptive qualitative pilot study of researchers’ practices and REBs’ expectations. Stephanie has also conducted research in university, hospital, and community-based settings on early learning, autism, mental health, and youth policy.
In 2011, Stephanie completed a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education at the University of Toronto, where she received the Robert Seth Kingsley Fellowship for excellence and leadership in special education. In 2016, she completed a post-graduate Certificate in International Development at the University of British Columbia. Stephanie has worked globally with children, youth, and adults from all walks of life, including persons with disabilities, Indigenous populations, and low-socioeconomic communities. In 2017, she was selected to be featured in the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s 6th Annual Top 30 under 30 magazine for her work in international and community development.
Currently, Stephanie works with the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research in Calgary, where she advocates for persons with disabilities through research, program development, and community engagement. Stephanie can be reached at email@example.com.