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about Me   

I am a third year PhD student studying at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (The University of Toronto - U of T) under the supervision of Dr. Sidney Kennedy (MD). I first began working and conducting research in the field of brain injury about 6 years ago. Since that time, I've been publishing and presenting my research at conferences around the world. During the academic year, I hold an undergraduate teaching position (Course Instructor) within the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (U of T). 


Away from work, I like to spend my time being active outdoors:  beach walks with my pooch Clover, beach volleyball, longboarding, running, ice hockey and snowboarding. I seek to inspire others to be active for life.

Looking Ahead 

Estimated completion of PhD degree: August 2021

In Fall 2018, I joined the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). This clinical certification (r.Kin) will compliment my undergraduate education and current teaching position at U of T. This certification will also allow me to work one-on-one with concussed athletes. Through the use of exercise and mental health wellness coaching, I will assist individuals affected by persistent post-concussion symptoms. 

Academically, I see myself teaching at the undergraduate/graduate level at an educational institution like U of T. I also see myself conducting clinical research alongside like-minded collaborators at one of the many research-intensive hospitals located in Toronto.  



This project is supported by generous donations from a number of funding sources:

  • Canadian Institute of Health Research - Fredrick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards 

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship 

  • Peterborough K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Award

  • CAN-BIND & Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide & Depression Studies 

  • Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund - Dalton Whitebread Award

  • Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund - Judy Willcocks Award

  • Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund - Unilever/Lipton Neurosciences Award