Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the west end of Ottawa. I am in the final stages of completing my PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
I have always had an interest in the human body; how it works (or doesn’t work) and how we can push limits on what it is capable of. My undergraduate research focused on fall prevention in seniors. I was fortunate to work at the Bruyere hospital in downtown Ottawa. Part of the services Bruyere offers is stroke rehabilitation. The more I read about the human brain and its capabilities of repair following a stroke, I was hooked.
What is the focus of your research?
The focus of my doctoral research is the use of virtual reality technology as an adjunct to conventional therapy during inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Our recent RCT showed that VR training is enjoyable, safe and effective for improving clinical outcome measures for patients.
How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
My favourite part of the National Trainee Association is that it fosters collaboration between students in different labs across Canada even though they may come from very different backgrounds. The learning opportunities provided during the SPIN workshops and through the mentorship programs have been a great experience for me.
What other interests do you have?
In my spare time I like to stay physically active including running, volleyball and coaching youth football.