Photo (from top left to bottom right): Roni, Bruna, Denise, Dana, Lucas, Kate, Tian, Adora, Jaclyn & Ivona. In absentia: Mikaela, Dory & Lauren.

Dory Abelman 

dory-bio-picDory Abelman is an undergraduate Health Science student at Western University, School of Health Studies. His research interests include cancer prevention and management, lifestyle modification, and harm reduction. Whether it be using cell cultures at Princess Margaret, completing a literature review with Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences, or presenting a poster with the Canadian Cancer Society, Dory hopes to help people live healthier and more meaningful lives.

Dory is excited to be a part of the rehabINK team, as it provides a unique opportunity to enhance his academic writing skills, and better understand the publication process. He hopes to help great authors share their work, while learning practical skills he can apply in future projects.

Lauren Bechard

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Lauren is in the second year of her Master’s of Rehabilitation Science, and part of the graduate Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative, and Supportive Care across the Life Course at the University of Toronto. Lauren graduated from the University of Toronto in 2015 after completing her undergraduate degree, earning a B.Sc. with a double major in neuroscience and psychology and a minor in immunology. Her decision to pursue research in rehabilitation science is a product of her passion for fitness and health promotion and her fascination with brain sciences. Currently, her research is investigating the beliefs and perceptions concerning physical activity participation held by persons with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, in the hopes that this research will inform the development of health promotion initiatives for this population. In the future, Lauren is looking to pursue a career as a clinician scientist, helping to bridge the research-to-practice gap and implement innovative, patient-centered care practices.

As one of the initial voices in the creation of rehabINK, Lauren has consulted on the development of this publication and continues to fill an editorial role. Lauren hopes that rehabINK can soon spread to include contributions from across multiple disciplines and universities to mirror the incredibly diverse and collaborative nature of the field of rehabilitation science.

Ivona Berger 

Photo_Ivona-2.jpgIvona is a first year Master’s student at the University of Toronto in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Throughout her academic career, Ivona has developed an interest for many aspects of rehabilitation research. She has been involved in a variety of concussion, autism, and cancer research. Her current project will be exploring the needs of cancer survivors when returning to or staying in the workforce. She hopes to continue helping others by contributing to this field of knowledge and through her future endeavours.

As a member of rehabINK, Ivona wants to engage others in the diverse field of rehabilitation science, empower students to share their ideas, and make this knowledge more accessible to everyone. She is looking forward to developing her own skills, and working with the rest of the team toward achieving these goals.

Adora Chui 

Adora is a first year Ph.D. student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. It was a surprise to her that she eventually pursued research as a career, but she is now happily committed to knowledge creation and translation. Adora obtained undergraduate training in basic science (University of British Columbia) and graduate training in clinical science (McMaster University). She is a registered occupational therapist who considers herself fortunate to have worked with people with brain injury – they have taught her a lot about dis/ability and in/justice! Adora’s doctoral work aims to improve health care services for Canadians with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury and concurrent depression. Adora brings a range of experiences to the rehabINK editorial team and, alongside rehabINK’s dedicated and talented members, is keen to support it’s mandate of bringing the stories of rehabilitation science to life.

Lucas Crosby

Lucas’ graduate studies began as a Master’s student at the University of Western Ontario. He went on to complete his thesis on a proof-of-concept intervention using mirror therapy for post-stroke lower extremity rehabilitation. He joined the Mobility Team at Toronto Rehab Institute as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2015 while transitioning into the doctoral program in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto in September 2015.

His research interests include post-stroke gait spatiotemporal analysis and interventions to improve gait and lower-extremity function following stroke. For his doctoral work, Lucas will be studying how an individual perceives the way they walk, and investigate the relationship between gait asymmetry and rhythm perception and production in healthy adults and following stroke.

Lucas has joined rehabINK as a Junior Editor to further develop skills in writing, editing, and project collaboration. He is excited to be involved in an initiative to bring fellow student’s research to the greater rehabilitation sciences community at large.

Jaclyn Dawe

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Jaclyn is a second year Master’s student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) program at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the potential of using technology-based measurement in the assessment of children affected by hemiparesis. Currently supervised by Dr. Kristin Musselman, Jaclyn brings to the research process her direct insights from her clinical background as an occupational therapist in paediatrics. In the future, Jaclyn would like to expand her research focus to address the use of applications in enhancing treatment programs for both neuromotor and sensorimotor conditions.

As a member of rehabINK’s editorial team, Jaclyn values the opportunity to contribute to an inclusive process of idea sharing and development between rehabilitation science researchers and students. She hopes that rehabINK will challenge and inspire her fellow students in honing their writing craft and in broadening the scope of their research vision.

Denise DuBois

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Denise DuBois is second year doctoral candidate completing her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with a Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University where she studied print, broadcasting, and online media specializing in health and science writing in her final year. After journalism school, Denise chose to become an occupational therapist, finishing her MSc. OT at the University of Toronto in 2010. Denise’s doctoral thesis focuses on residential transition across community settings for adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Denise recently published “Interoception in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A review” in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. Denise is at her core a writer and communicator. As such, rehabINK represents the opportunity for her to return to her science writing roots. She hopes to incorporate other creative mediums such as web- and podcasts into her future contributions. 

Bruna Seixas Lima


Bruna is a third year PhD student in the Language Sciences Lab under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Rochon. Bruna’s research interests include neuropsychology, language and brain-imaging studies. Currently, her focus lies on the investigation of discourse abilities of patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Bruna’s doctoral research builds upon her background in discourse analysis and linguistics to develop a novel method of analyzing the speech of these patients, which can help inform practice and contribute to better differential diagnosis of the disorder.

Bruna takes pride in being part of the foundational team of rehabINK. For her, this is a promising and exciting initiative, one that can lead students to expand their own work as well as broaden their interests in the area of Rehabilitation as they become acquainted with other research being developed by their peers.

Roni Propp

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Roni is a second year Master’s student at the University of Toronto in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Roni’s long-standing passion of working with children with disability has motivated her to engage in research dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with disability. Her thesis project aims to investigate the suitability of a particular instrument to measure the priorities and goals for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and then to conduct reliability and validity testing of this instrument. Such a tool can be used to evaluate the impact of interventions for children with disability to determine if we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of these children and families.

Roni hopes that rehabINK will increase awareness of the broad field of rehabilitation science. It is a great platform for students to showcase their original work and it has also been a great opportunity for her to learn more about the publishing process. “It has been a great experience to work with such an amazing team!”

Tian Renton

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Tian is a second year Ph.D. student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) at the University of Toronto (U of T). She obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. After completing her degree, she enrolled in additional undergraduate courses at U of T where she quickly identified her passion for research and her interest in sport-related concussions. For her M.Sc. project, Tian explored the relationship between concussion and depressive symptoms in adolescent athletes devoid of concussion injury. In July 2016, she completed her M.Sc. degree at the RSI.  This year, Tian will pursue a Ph.D. project that will explore the impact that depression has on recovery following sport-related concussion in adolescent athletes.

For Tian, rehabINK is a place for students to gain valuable publication experience both as an author or an editor. This project also serves as a great opportunity for students to work together as a team and to collaborate with others to achieve a common goal.

Katherine Stewart

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Kate is a third year Ph.D. candidate at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health. Kate obtained  her B.A.Sc. from the University of Guelph in 2012 and her M.Sc.OT. from the University of Toronto in 2014. She is a registered occupational therapist in the province of Ontario.

Kate’s doctoral research aims to critically examine how women’s occupational lives unfold following an experience of sexual assault in university.

As a member of rehabINK‘s editorial team, Kate views rehabINK as a means through which to showcase and communicate the diverse range of student research conducted under the umbrella of rehabilitation sciences.

Mikaela Stiver

Mikaela is a first year Ph.D. student in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. She obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Drawn to her undergraduate roots in anatomy, Mikaela is pursuing her doctoral training with Dr. Anne Agur – a leader in the field of musculoskeletal research. Mikaela’s current research aims to improve understanding and diagnosis of trigger points associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

Beyond research, Mikaela is deeply passionate about education, teaching, and scientific communication. She is eager to explore her role on the rehabINK editorial team as an opportunity to promote knowledge translation and engagement within rehabilitation research.

Dana Swarbrick 

TA_Headshot_BWDana Swarbrick is a first year Master’s of Rehabilitation Sciences candidate and a member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience. Dana works with Dr. Joyce Chen in the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery at Sunnybrook Research Institute. Her research examines how exercise can improve motor learning. Dana has been writing songs since high school; however, her passion for scientific communication began while  studying music cognition in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University. After completing a writing course in her second year, and inspired by Strunk & White’s Elements of Style, Dana mentored other students in the course by editing their writing. Dana was a semi-finalist in the JUNO’s 2015 Turn It On Songwriter Contest and has been published on the award-winning ihearthamilton blog. Dana joined rehabINK as a Junior Editor to mentor other writers in their creative process.


Shaun Cleaver

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Years of contribution: 2015-2016


Rachel Downey


Years of contribution: 2015-2016