Potential Supervisors

The following is a list of RSI faculty who have funding and are currently looking to recruit students. Please note that this list is constantly changing so be sure to check back for more updates:



Emily Ho     Dr. Emily S. Ho is an Assistant Professor in the Department of OS&OT and a Clinician Investigator in the SickKids Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her research program currently involves measuring and understanding the psychological and physical determinants of participation in youth with upper limb musculoskeletal disabilities. MSc candidates interested in pediatric upper extremity rehabilitation, youth and family engagement, and mixed methods research including knowledge synthesis, qualitative interviews, and patient-reported outcomes may send their CV and cover letter to Dr. Ho. MSc emilys.ho@utoronto.ca
Gillian King Topics related to (1) client engagement, resiliency, and outcomes in pediatric rehabilitation, (2) understanding environmental qualities and client experiences in the context of various intervention approaches, including solution-focused coaching, and (3) promoting the development of service providers’ skills and strategies, including listening and engagement skills. PhD
Sally Lindsay Funding is available for an MSc student and a postdoctoral fellow for a CIHR-SSHRC study on "Healthy and Productive Work for Youth with Disabilities" (HAPPY) which focuses on building and evaluating toolkits for youth and young adults and clinicians to help with disability disclosure and workplace accommodations.

HAPPY is the latest project from the TRAIL lab, focused on enhancing inclusive employment for youth with disabilities. Dr. Sally Lindsay, senior scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Holland Bloorview) is leading the team in developing evidence-informed, gender-responsive solutions on disability disclosure and workplace accommodations.

Rosemary Martino

The University of Toronto/University Health Network Swallowing Lab is open to applications for Doctoral Student  positions  available  in  Fall  of  2021  under  the  supervision  of  Dr.  Rosemary Martino.  Our  work focuses on understanding swallowing impairment (dysphagia) and reducing its burden for patients, their caregivers and  the community. The  focus of  these positions will be dysphagia in  the adult population, particularly  oropharyngeal  dysphagia,  secondary  to  neurological,  cancer and  cardiovascular etiologies. 

The candidate will have the opportunity to receive advanced training and opportunities with large registry data  sets,  videofluoroscopic  analysis,  both  qualitative  and  quantitative  research methods  and  applied outcomes research in the clinical setting. In addition, they will have extensive opportunity to network and collaborate with clinicians, other scientists and research project stakeholders within the SLP department and the University Health Network.

Required Qualifications: An ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual who  meets the Admission requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Rehabilitation Science Program at U of  T and has demonstrated advanced research qualifications in speech and language sciences. Candidates  with previous research experience in swallowing and swallowing disorders, and with exposure to grant  writing, peer reviewed publications, and scientific presentations are preferred but not required. Must  work productively both independently and collaboratively with enthusiasm and poise.

PhD trixie.reichardt@uhnresearch.ca
Kathy McGilton My research focuses on enhancing the care of the older adult, especially those with dementia, through the development and application of interventions, outcome measures and models of care in practice.  My work has examined the nature of relationships between nursing staff and older adults and between staff and their supervisors in long-term care and the effect on staff outcomes and quality of care of older adults. MSc kathy.mcgilton@uhn.ca
Crystal MacKay Dr. Crystal MacKay is a Scientist at West Park Healthcare Centre and has an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. With training in physical therapy, health services research and implementation science, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods. Her program of research aims to improve health services delivery and health outcomes for people living with chronic health conditions, with a focus on individuals living with limb loss. Her research interests are developing and testing rehabilitation interventions (e.g., physical activity and exercise interventions) and examining patients’ health experiences and health outcomes. MSc


Amy McPherson Brief description of your research (you can include documents to attach if you wish but a brief description will still be needed) My research focuses on health promotion for children and youth with disabilities. Topics include weight-management, body diversity, and sexuality. I am interested in how healthcare professionals, families and children talk about 'difficult' topics and create research-informed resources to support strengths-based conversations.



Fiona Moola Dr. Fiona Moola is a professor and scientist and director of the HEART Lab at Ryerson University, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto. With Dr. Ronald Buliung (Geography and Planning, University of Toronto), Dr. Roberta Woodgate (Nursing, University of Manitoba), Dr. Nancy Hansen (Disability Studies, University of Manitoba), and Dr. Lynne Heller (OCAD University), Dr. Moola is leading a national research program on childhood disability and the arts, funded by SSHRC. Dr. Moola is looking for a PhD student to undertake QUALITATIVE & ARTS-BASED RESEARCH in the VISUAL ARTS, SOCIOLOGY AND HUMANITIES. Specifically, the desired PhD student will do their thesis on investigating the complex relationship between children and youth with disabilities and the visual arts, in Ontario. The student will be utilizing an arts-based research methodological approach, to generate sociological knowledge by exploring the artistic experiences and artistic creations of children and youth with physical disabilities in Ontario. This will be a funded PhD. PhD Those interested, please send your CV and cover letter, with the Subject Heading ‘Paintbrush Study – PhD Student Application’ to Nivatha Moothathamby at nmoothathamby@hollandbloorview.ca
Sarah Munce Dr. Sarah Munce, PhD is a Scientist in the LIFEspan Service at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network (TRI-UHN) and an Assistant Professor (status) in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto (U of T) with cross appointments at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME).  Dr. Munce has funding to support a Master’s of Science (MSc) student to undertake a project that will determine the implementation considerations for an online, mindfulness-based intervention that is tailored to the unique needs of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). This mixed-methods project involves 1) conducting qualitative interviews to understand the preferred components and barriers and enablers of implementing an online mindfulness-based; and 2) determining the importance attributed to these identified components through self-reported surveys. The scope of the research for the student will be negotiated with the primary supervisor but is anticipated to involve some qualitative analysis of interview data, as well as primary responsibility for the development of the subsequent survey and related data analysis. This project represents a unique opportunity to develop a relevant and sustainable mindfulness-based intervention for individuals with SCI.  MSc sarah.munce@uhn.ca
The overarching aim of the SCI Mobility Lab is to develop optimal methods for the assessment and training of walking, balance, and upper limb function after neurological injury, with an emphasis on spinal cord injury. Our lab uses both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. PhD
Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, where he holds the inaugural Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health. Through an occupational lens, Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia’s research program is a systematic study of occupations in the areas of work disability prevention, return to work, and disability management. This approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identify and assess risk and to develop interventions for preventing or improving high-risk behaviours in the workplace. Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia’s work is motivated by efforts in the field of work disability prevention that extends beyond the efforts to prevent or cure diseases from a purely physical perspective, towards more holistic approaches. The major tenets of his work use a biopsychosocial perspective to understand work disability and extend towards incorporating personal characteristics (e.g., psychosocial) and environmental (e.g., healthcare system, workplace, workers’ compensation system) factors in improving health outcomes (e.g., mental, and physical health). MSc behdin.nowrouzi.kia@utoronto.ca
Kelly O’Brien Dr. Kelly O’Brien’s research is focused on episodic disability and rehabilitation in the context of HIV and chronic disease. Her Episodic Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program includes profiling the episodic nature of among adults aging with HIV over time (Episodic Disability Framework), examining effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions (physical activity and exercise interventions) on health and disability outcomes among adults living with HIV (Community-Based Exercise Study), and developing and assessing the properties of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) of disability (HIV Disability Questionnaire (HDQ). PhD
Darlene Reid Current research focuses on respiratory and limb muscle dysfunction in healthy people and those with acute and chronic conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease and mechanically ventilated patients Much of my research looks at responses to physical activity and exercise tests including cycling and respiratory muscle tests. A primary focus is aimed at understanding dyspnea and how respiratory muscle dysfunction and cognitive input contribute to the magnitude and distress of breathlessness. MSc
Timothy Ross

Dr. Ross is a Scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. He is also a Registered Professional Planner and an Assistant Professor (status) with the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ross’ research explores how children with disabilities and their families experience and view their community spaces (e.g., schools, playgrounds, hospitals, transportation environments). This research is oriented toward planning and designing more accessible and inclusive communities that account for the presence and diversity of childhood disability. His research program currently looks at four key topics: (1) education access, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) addressing institutional ableism. Questions about ableism and its normalcy within the planning and design of our built environments, services, and systems are central to Dr. Ross’ research.

MSc tross@hollandbloorview.ca
Andy Wong Project #1: 

Understanding the Pathogenesis of Postmenopausal Knee Osteoarthritis at the Subchondral Bone and Cartilage Interface using MRI and CT Imaging

Project #2:
Mechanisms Driving Osteochondral Remodeling in a Postmenopausal Animal Model Uusing Longitudinal Contrast Enhanced Micro-Computed Tomography

PhD If you are interested in this opportunity, read the application guidelines before contacting the supervisors