EPIC Lab | Our Team
Meet our team of scientists, research staff, trainees, and alumni.
Tim Ross, PhD, RPP, MCIP
EPIC Lab Staff
Clarissa is a Research Assistant and former Ward Summer Student (2022) for the EPIC Lab. She is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health & Disease, Physiology, and Economics at the Unviersity of Toronto. Her current research explores how paediatric healthcare built environments are experienced by children with disabilities and their families. She is also contributing to other projects focusing on paediatric healthcare within the Lab.
Élyse Comeau, MPl
Amanda is a first-year medical student at the University of Toronto. Amanda is currently supporting numerous projects within the lab, including a scoping review on disability and race within healthcare and a scoping review on access to play spaces for children in hospital. Having family members who live with chronic illness and disability, she is passionate about supporting research on transitional care, accessible and inclusive spaces and enhancing community resilience among marginalized populations
Julia is a summer volunteer in the EPIC Lab. She is a Concurrent education student at Queen’s University, completing her Bachelor of Education, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Julia is currently supporting two projects in the lab, including a social media scan of EDI content with a focus on autism, and a scoping review looking at play spaces in health care settings.
Juliana is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child, Youth and Family studies. Her volunteer work with the EPIC Lab focuses on how pediatric healthcare environments are experienced by children with disabilities and their families. Juliana is looking to pursue a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in the coming years.
Maddy DeWelles is a PhD Candidate in the Social Justice Education Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where she conducts research that intersects disability and childhood studies. Maddy’s dissertation research explores how Down syndrome is represented to children and adults before, at, and following the birth of a baby with Down syndrome. Maddy also loves teaching and interacting with children. Maddy’s current volunteer work with the EPIC Lab focuses on experiences of inclusive playgrounds and their surroundings.
Roshan is a third-year undergraduate student completing his Bachelor of Medical Science degree at Western University. As a volunteer research student in the EPIC Lab, he is contributing to research on air travel experiences for children with disabilities and their families.
- Catherine Stratton, Research Assistant
- Emily Buliung, Research Assistant
- Téa Christopoulos, Research Assistant
Past Ward Summer Students
- Clarissa Yu, Summer 2022
- Danielle Nicolardi, Summer 2021
- Iqra Mahmood, Summer 2020
- Madalyn Murray, Summer 2021
- Sarah Qureshi, Summer 2021
- Sophie Weaver, Summer 2021
- Bianca Serapiglia, MSc. OT, University of Toronto
- Emma Melo, MSc. OT, University of Toronto
- Melissa Ngo, MDes, OCAD University
- Yuelin Ge, MSc. Planning, University of Toronto