The student will be a member of the CP Discovery Lab - an interdisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians focused on children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP). The student will assist with the development and update of the Dystonia in Cerebral Palsy Care Pathway, developed in partnership with the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. A Care Pathway is a practical summary, including an algorithm, of evidence informed guidelines or the best evidence, for an aspect of care/services for individuals with childhood-onset disabilities to inform clinical practice. The student will be responsible for updating a systematic review examining the latest literature, summarizing new findings and integrating new information into the Care Pathway under the guidance of Dr. Darcy Fehlings, the team lead for the Dystonia in Cerebral Palsy Care Pathway.
The student will also assist with the start-up and execution of a study that examines the use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) paired with constraint therapy in children with Hemiplegic CP to improve hand function. This role will involve direct contact with children with CP and/or their caregivers to facilitate the 2-week camp environment of the study. Furthermore, the incumbent may be assigned the following duties: a review of the literature, data cleaning, analyses, manuscript writing, and reference/bibliography management. The student will gain practical experience in the process of clinical research.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate degree program or medical school, and have a minimum cumulative academic average (GPA) of 75% or over.
See Darcy Fehling's Scientist Profile