Clinical Study Investigator, Manager of the On TRACK Concussion Program
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Anne received her PhD in rehabilitation science from University of Toronto in 2014, her MSc in occupational therapy from Columbia University and her BSc in psychology from McGill University. She is a registered occupational therapist in the province of Ontario.
Anne became interested in finding effective interventions for her clients with cognitive impairments due to brain injury during her career as a clinical occupational therapist. She enrolled in the Rehabilitation Science program at University of Toronto in 2009 and her research explored the impact of therapist communication and organizational influences on client-centred goal setting with individuals with acquired brain injury.
Her post-doctoral research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for facilitating return to activity for youth with persistent symptoms following concussion. Currently, she is exploring how the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach can help these youth return to activity. She also has an interest in developing existing technology in innovative ways and is exploring how eye tracking technology can facilitate concussion management.
Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours Co-op) at the University of Waterloo and completed her Master of Science in Biomechanics at McMaster University in the Department of Kinesiology.
Currently, Katherine is the Research Manager of the Concussion Centre within the Bloorview Research Institute at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Katherine assists Dr. Nick Reed in coordinating and executing a large team grant study 'NeuroCare, as Innovation in Intervention: A Neurophysiological Approach to Determine Readiness for Return to Activity'. Katherine currently manages the recruitment and data collection of control participants, while supporting the data analysis of baseline assessments and post-injury data. Katherine supports all research initiatives within the Concussion Centre, including projects involving graduate students, student placements and research volunteers.
Katherine has previously worked as a kinesiologist, personal trainer and coach, overseeing and designing individualized rehabilitation programs for athletes post-injury. Katherine's research is influenced by her background in sports, including soccer, figure skating, field hockey and track and field. She has played competitive soccer from a young age including at the varsity inter-university level for the University of Waterloo. Katherine was also a soccer skills instructor for the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club and mentored elementary school children through the Varsity Team Up Program at the University of Waterloo.
Dayna completed her B.Sc honours in psychology at York University in 2009, and her MSc. in occupational therapy at McMaster University in 2011. Her master's research focused on the use of the Nintendo Wii for assessment of balance and exertion in youth with mild traumatic brain injuries. She is a registered occupational therapist with The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
Dayna is currently working as a research coordinator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in the Bloorview Research Institute, the Concussion Centre and with the Centre for Leadership in Acquired Brain Injury. She is currently working on various projects examining assessment and treatment modalities for children with acquired brain injuries. Her clinical and research goals involve improving the quality of life of children with acquired brain injuries, and helping them return to the activities they need to, want to and love to do. She has a keen interest in concussions and improving childrens’ ability to return to meaningful activity after injury through investigation of new and unique treatment and rehabilitation methods. Dayna also has an interest in investigating outcome measures that can be used with children with brain injuries. Dayna has clinical and research experience in pediatrics, acquired brain injury, concussion, and virtual reality.
Andie Hickling, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Education & Program Evaluation Coordinator, Occupational Therapist
Andie completed her BSc Kinesiology (Hons.) at McMaster University in 2012, and her MSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2014. Her master’s research focused on the transition from school to meaningful vocational roles for youth with autism. She is currently a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
Andie has experience working with individuals with a variety of neurological impairments including stroke, spinal cord injury and concussion. She is currently working on a variety of projects within the Concussion Centre that range from business development to providing active and education-based interventions to youth with concussion.
Knowledge Translation Specialist
Christine Provvidenza completed her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Master of Science, Exercise Science at the University of Toronto. She is also a registered Kinesiologist. As a Kinesiologist, Christine has been involved in the development and delivery of sport-based injury prevention programs, with a specific focus on concussion education initiatives for athletes, coaches and parents. She has practiced concussion education and awareness with athletes and parents through her work in a sport-concussion clinic at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, as well as in her work at ThinkFirst Canada.
Christine has a wide-range of expertise in research and program development and has experience with and a passion for knowledge translation and exchange. One of her areas of interest is examining the role of knowledge translation in enhancing and optimizing concussion education. She has examined and published work in the area of concussion education and knowledge translation, which is not a well-documented area of research, and continues to conduct research in this field.
Currently, Christine is a Knowledge Translation Specialist for Evidence to Care, Teaching and Learning Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and is currently leading a knowledge translation and implementation plan for a pain assessment tool box for assessing chronic pain for cerebral palsy outpatients. She is also a Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Concussion Centre, Bloorview Research Institute, at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In her role with the Concussion Research Centre, Christine is engaged in many projects, but is specifically involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of ‘Concussion and You,’ a group-based concussion education and peer support session incorporating a supplementary toolbox, designed to change knowledge and attitudes towards concussion amongst youth athletes.