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

Ivona Berger 

Photo_Ivona-2.jpgIvona is a second 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_BWProfilePhotoAdora 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 research as a career and is now happily committed to knowledge creation and translation. Adora is a registered occupational therapist learning much about dis/ability and in/justice through collaborations with people who have brain injury. Her doctoral work aims to improve health outcomes for Canadians with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury and depression by identifying gaps in rehabilitation research and practice. Adora brings a range of experiences to the rehabINK editorial team and, alongside rehabINK’s dedicated and talented members, is keen to 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 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.

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.

Bruna Seixas Lima

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Bruna is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Language Sciences Lab in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Bruna’s research interests include neuropsychology, language and brain-imaging studies. Currently, her focus lies on the investigation of discourse abilities of patients with neurodegenerative conditions. 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.

Mikaela Stiver

MikaelaMikaela is a second 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.

Dana Swarbrick 

TA_Headshot_BWDana Swarbrick is a second year Master’s student at the University of Toronto in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, a member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, and a member of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. Dana works with Dr. Joyce Chen in the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is examining how exercise can improve motor learning with her project titled “HIIT the Road Jack: The Effects of Exercise on Piano Playing”. 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, Dana mentored other students in the course by editing their work. 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. This is Dana’s second year in rehabINK and as the Promotional Editor, she is looking forward to mentoring other writers in their creative process and ensuring that rehabINK reaches a diverse audience.


Lauren Bechard

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Years of contribution: 2015-2017

Shaun Cleaver

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Years of contribution: 2015-2016

Jaclyn Dawe

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Years of contribution: 2015-2017

Rachel Downey


Years of contribution: 2015-2016

Katherine Stewart

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Years of contribution: 2015-2017



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