Sally Abudiab

sallySally is a second-year Master’s student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Her decision to pursue a Master’s degree at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute was motivated by wanting to advance research and improve outcomes for those living with a neurotrauma injury. She holds an Honours Specialist degree (H. BSc) in Mental Health Studies from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and takes on an interdisciplinary approach to clinical research. Currently, Sally’s research aim is to shed light on our understanding of the relationship between recovery of executive functioning and long-term outcomes in moderate-severe brain injuries.

One of her greatest passions is pursuing health equity. She believes that the pursuit of health equity starts when conscious effort is made around how people can access information. She joins rehabINK to contribute to the translation of knowledge to improve patient care. She strongly believes that information should be accessible, particularly in the areas of chronic condition management and integration of post-acute health and social services.

Azadeh Barzideh

elmo0812Azadeh is a first year PhD student in Rehabilitation sciences at University of Toronto. She is a physiotherapist by training and has obtained previous degrees from Babol University in Iran and KU Leuven in Belgium. Azadeh has always been passionate about brain, its anatomy,  its disorders and rehabilitation. That is why she chose to get specialized in physiotherapy in neurological disorders as a master student. In pursuit of her passion for her field, she decided to continue to a PhD degree where she can develop her research abilities and critical thinking. She is now working on improving different components of physical fitness for chronic stroke patients.

Azadeh has joined rehabINK as a junior editor and is passionate about the opportunities and challenges this path brings, from which she can learn a lot. Being an international student with different backgrounds and training herself, she is now interested in inviting international students/researchers to work with rehabINK as authors which can bring a different taste to rehabINK.

Ivona Berger 


Ivona is a first year medical student at the University of Toronto. She also completed her Master’s at the University of Toronto in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and is a graduate of the BHSc program at McMaster University. Throughout her academic career, Ivona has developed an interest for many aspects of rehabilitation science. For instance, she has been involved in a variety of concussion, autism, and cancer research. She hopes to continue helping others by contributing to this field of knowledge and through her future endeavours in the medical field.

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.

Mary Boulos

maryMary is a MSc student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. She obtained her B.Sc.in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University in 2017. Combining her interests in translational research, neurorehabilitation, and mental health, she began her MSc work alongside Dr. Robin Green at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Her thesis examines the feasibility and efficacy of remotely delivered neurorehabilitation for individuals living with the enduring effects of acquired brain injury, particularly for those living in Northern Ontario and in the criminal justice system. For Mary, rehabINK is an opportunity to increase the accessibility of rehabilitation science and research for a broad audience. She is thrilled to be a part of a collaborative team working together to cultivate student writing and editing.

Analyssa Cardenas

analyssa.jpgAnalyssa is a MSc student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute with a collaborative specialization in neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and completed work terms that brought her abroad to places like China and Amsterdam! Her thesis examines the implementation of exercise video games, or ‘exergames’ for inpatient children with cerebral palsy recovering from orthopedic surgery at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She’s excited to be apart of rehabINK!


Adora Chui 


Adora is a PhD Student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. After training in basic science (University of British Columbia) and clinical science (McMaster University), she explored her way into a research career and is focused on knowledge creation and translation. She sees rehabINK as a fun platform to communicate rehabilitation science creatively and enjoys the process of writing, editing, and leading within the rehabINK team.

A registered occupational therapist, Adora cares about issues surrounding dis/ability and in/justice. This perspective has led her to question how well included people with depression are in rehabilitation research. Her doctoral work therefore examines how Canadian brain injury rehabilitation guidelines can be made more applicable for adults with traumatic brain injury who are also depressed. Along with rehabINK’s dedicated and talented members, Adora loves that we can share our research and bring the stories of rehabilitation science to life. 

Lucas Crosby

Lucas2Lucas’ 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 joined rehabINK as a Junior Editor in 2017 to further develop skills in writing, editing, and project collaboration. He has since transitioned into the role of Website Editor and is looking forward to new rehabINK endeavours in 2019He is excited to be involved in this initiative to bring fellow student’s research to the greater rehabilitation sciences community at large.

Denise DuBois

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Denise DuBois is third 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. After journalism school, Denise completed her MSc. OT and worked as a registered occupational therapist for five years. Denise’s doctoral thesis, funded through a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), focuses on investigating from multiple perspectives what constitutes an inclusive home space for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Denise also works as the project coordinator of the SSRHC-funded Voices of Youths research project and was involved in developing the film Belonging Matters about the research findings. Denise is at her core a writer and communicator. Her involvement in rehabINK provides a platform for exploring ways to make rehabilitation science and research accessible to a wider audience.

Jacqueline Nestico

Jackie is a first-year Master’s student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. She received her BA in Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018. She also studied abroad for a semester at Keele University in England, taking primarily psychology courses, while travelling around Europe! After volunteering in multiple balance and movement labs during her undergrad, Jackie became interested in pursuing a master’s in that field, which led her to RSI! Jackie’s master’s research focuses on mobility and balance while walking in challenging environments. She hopes that her research can eventually help inform gait rehabilitation in clinical populations.

Jackie is an active member of the RSI community, participating on several committees. She enjoys being involved as it allows her to stay connected with multiple groups of peers while also contributing the RSI student’s experiences. She joined rehabINK as a way to refine her own writing and editing skills, and as a way to learn about various topics related to rehabilitation sciences. Jackie is excited to explore and collaborate on future issues with the rehabINK team.

Remi Lu

remiRemi is a second-year student in the MSc Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University where he graduated with a BSc Kinesiology. Remi’s professional interests include learning more about social health inequities and their consequent implications for physiotherapy, as well as therapeutic interventions for post-concussion patients.

Remi is passionate about the power of ethical journalism. He believes that responsible science journalism can have significant short- and long-term impacts on population health outcomes. Remi is looking forward to working alongside the talented members of rehabINK to improve accessibility to research in the rehabilitation sciences.

Julia Rybkina


Julia is a second year Master’s student and a junior editor/podcast lead at rehabINK! She has a keen interest in clinical research, having been in neuroscience, psychology and oncology laboratories both in Canada and abroad, she is particularly interested in studying cognitive impairments as a result of various neurological diseases.

Her current project focuses on investigating the feasibility and efficacy of a remotely administered memory intervention for individuals living with chronic moderate-severe Traumatic Brain Injury or Multiple Sclerosis. In her spare time she enjoys reading and listening to podcasts which is what brought her to rehabINK. Julia really cares about helping to make research findings in rehabilitation more accessible to the general public, whether it be through educational, easily digestible articles of engaging podcast discussions.

Sam Seaton

headshot_seatonSam is a second year PhD student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Sam holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph and a master’s of science in occupational therapy (OT) from the University of Toronto. After working in community OT practice for 1.5 years, Sam went back to school to pursue her doctorate degree, with the hope of promoting effective, evidence-based OT practice in the form of knowledge translation research. Her research focuses specifically on exploring the barriers to the deimplementation of OT practices that have low support from scientific evidence. Sam brings to rehabINK a keen interest in journalism and science education, as well as a passion for improving the accessibility of rehabilitation science. She is excited to be contributing to a platform for students to collaborate, engage, and share meaningful rehabilitation research in the mainstream.

Mikaela Stiver

MikaelaMikaela is a third year Ph.D. candidate 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 currently a site coordinator for the University of Toronto – St. George site of Let’s Talk Science – a national, charitable organization that aims to inspire and engage youth through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach. Mikaela is eager to explore her role on the rehabINK editorial team as an opportunity to promote knowledge translation and engagement within rehabilitation research.


Bruna Seixas Lima

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Roni Propp

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Tian Renton

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Dana Swarbrick 

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Lauren Bechard

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Shaun Cleaver

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Jaclyn Dawe

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Rachel Downey

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Katherine Stewart

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Dory Abelman

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