Amy McPherson PhD
Associate Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Contact Info
T: (416) 425-6220 6378
Bloorview Research Institute - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, ON, M4G 1R8
Research Interests
Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences


Research Synopsis

My program of research focuses upon health and wellness promotion in children with long-term conditions and disabilities. I have a particular interest in the use of strengths-based interventions to promote healthy lifestyles, and weight-related communication best practices.

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. McPherson, AC, McAdam, L, Keenan, S, Schwellnus, H, Biddiss, E, DeFinney, A, English, K. (Accepted) A feasibility study using solution-focused coaching for health promotion in children and young people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation.
  2. Ballantyne, M, Orava, T, Bernardo, S, McPherson, AC, Church, P, Fehlings, D. (Accepted) Parents’ early healthcare transition experiences with preterm and acutely ill infants: A scoping review. Child Care, Health and Development.
  3. McPherson, AC, Hamilton, J, Kingsnorth, S, Knibbe, TJ, Peters, M, Swift, JA, Krog, K, Chen, L, Steinberg, A, Ball, GDC. Talking with children and families about obesity and weight-related topics: A scoping review of best practices. Obesity Reviews 18 (2) 164-182 (early online 26 Nov 2016).
  4. McPherson, AC, King, G, Rudzik, A, Kingsnorth, S, Gorter, JW and the Ontario Independence Program Research (OIPR) team (2016). Optimizing life success through residential immersive life skills programs for youth with disabilities: Study protocol of a mixed-methods, prospective, comparative cohort study. BMC Pediatrics. 16:153.
  5. Shen, QA, Doyle-Thomas, KAR, Beesley, L, Karmali, A, Williams, L, Tanel, N, McPherson, AC. (2016) How should we engage parents as co-researchers in health research? A scoping review of current practices. Health Expectations (early online 12 August 2016).