Meet our team of scientists, research staff, collaborators, and trainees.
Dr. Amy McPherson
Principal investigator & lead of the ProFILE Lab. See Dr. McPherson's full Scientist Profile.
Revi is a third-year doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, where her research focuses on compulsive overeating pathologies, particularly addictive-like eating. She holds an MSc in the same research discipline. At the Bloorview Research Institute Revi is a Research Coordinator within the ProFILE lab, and is involved in projects concerning weight, eating disorders, mental health, and sexuality surrounding children and youth with both intellectual and physical disabilities. Revi is passionate about expanding her research knowledge and perspectives through stakeholder-informed research, and hopes that her contributions can inform future developments for children with disabilities.
Madison Giles is a Research Assistant with the ProFILE Lab at the Bloorview Research Institute and a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, as well as a Vanier-SSHRC Scholar. Madison is committed to conducting research in collaboration with community that examines the micro, meso and macro aspects of sexuality. Her research aim is to conduct rigourous, theoretical, ethical and innovative research that makes room for a multiplicity of lived experiences to better support the sexual wellness of groups who experience marginalization. Madison’s PhD project works with youth with physical disabilities to explore their embodied experiences as sexual beings. At the ProFILE Lab, Madison works on the Sexuality study and the Weight Management and Disability study.
Toni holds an MSW and is a registered social worker. She is a Research Coordinator for the ProFILE lab where she is currently working on a project looking at the feasibility of a solution-focused coaching model to foster healthy lifestyles in children and young people with physical disabilities. She is also involved in a project on the experiences of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their families, as well as healthcare providers on the topic of health and weight management. Toni has extensive research experience at the Bloorview Research Institute including clinical trials for individuals with autism. She has also worked with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities in both clinical and community settings.
Meaghan completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences and completed her research in the ProFile lab, exploring how children with autism and obesity feel about weight and their bodies to inform weight related healthcare conversations. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, while working in the lab on numerous projects pertaining to weight related conversations and priorities for children with disabilities, their families and health care providers. Meaghan is passionate about including children’s voices in research, specifically research pertaining to their care and treatment within healthcare.
Celeste recently completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences, completing her research under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson in the ProFILE lab. Celeste’s graduate research focused on engaging young people with spina bifida using an arts-based research method to qualitatively explore the meaning of health and wellness to them. Celeste is now a Research Assistant with the ProFILE lab, and is involved in projects surrounding health, wellness, and sexuality.
Victoria is completing her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson in the ProFILE lab. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Development. Victoria’s graduate research focuses on exploring how wellness is implemented into Special Olympics Canada programs and practice activities using a mixed-methods research approach. Victoria is a Special Olympics Volunteer Coach and is passionate about integrating wellness promotion into Special Olympics programming.