Elaine Biddiss

Elaine Biddiss, MASc, PhD

Scientist and Director of the PEARL Lab

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Research Focus:
Dr. Biddiss designs innovative technologies that create possibilities for young people with disabilities to participate more enjoyably and effectively in arts, music, physical activities, and therapies.

Research/Trainee/Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities exist for post doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students to join our research team. To learn more, visit the Pearl Lab under 'Work with Us' or email ebiddiss@hollandbloorview.ca

Education & Profession


  • Ph.D. Institute of Biomaterial & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto 

  • M.A.Sc. Mechanical & Industrial Engineering/Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering  (collaborative program), University of Toronto 

  • B.A.Sc. Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto 

  • Associate Member, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto

Honours and Awards:

  • Forchheimer Prize, International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics, 2010 

  • Perkins Prize, Institutes of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, 2006


Click to see Dr. Biddiss's publications on PubMed.

Selected peer-reviewed publications.

Khan A and Biddiss E. Musical stairs: the impact of audio feedback during stair-climbing physical therapies for children. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2014 Feb 5.

L Ni, D Fehlings, E Biddiss. Design and evaluation of virtual reality therapy games with dual focus on therapeutic relevance and user experience for children with cerebral palsy. Games For Health. 2014 Feb. In Press (Trainee publication).

Blain-Moraes S, Chesser S, Kingsnorth S, McKeever P and Biddiss E. Biomusic: a novel technology for revealing the personhood of people with profound multiple disabilities. Augment Altern Commun. 2013 Jun;29(2):159-73. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

Biddiss E, McPherson A, Shea G and McKeever P. The design and testing of interactive hospital spaces to meet the needs of waiting children. HERD. 2013;6(3):49-68.

J Howcroft, D Fehlings, V Wright, K Zabjek, J Andrysek, E Biddiss. A Comparison of Solo and Multiplayer Active Videogame Play in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy. Games for Health: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications. 2012 Aug 1;1(4):287-293

Howcroft J, Klejman S, Fehlings D, Wright V, Zabjek K, Andrysek J and Biddiss E. Active video game play in children with cerebral palsy: potential for physical activity promotion and rehabilitation therapies. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Aug;93(8):1448-56. Epub 2012 May 7.

T Berry, J Howcroft, S Klejman, D Fehlings, V Wright, E Biddiss. “Variations in Movement Patterns during Active Video Game Play in Children with Cerebral Palsy”. Journal of Bioengineering and Biomedical Science. 2011;1(1). (INVITED).

J Howcroft, D Fehlings, K Zabjek, L Fay, J Liang, E Biddiss. “Wearable Wrist Activity Monitor as an Indicator of Functional Hand Use in Children with Cerebral Palsy”. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2011;53(11):1024–1029.

E Biddiss, P McKeever, S Lindsay, T Chau. “Implications of prosthesis funding structures on the experiences of individuals with upper limb absence”. Prosthetics & Orthotics International. 2011;35(2):215-224.

E Biddiss, J Irwin. “Active video games to promote physical activity in children and youth”. Archives for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2010;164(7):664-72.

Contact Info

Contact Information:
Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 
Tel: 416-425-6220, extension 3505

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