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 Greenspoon, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Research Coordinator, Occupational Therapist
Dayna completed her B.Sc Honours in psychology at York University in 2009, and her MSc. in occupational therapy at McMaster University in 2011. 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. She is currently working on various projects examining assessment and treatment modalities for children with concussion. 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, education, and rehabilitation methods. Dayna also has an interest in investigating outcome measures that can be used with children with brain injuries. Dayna also supports the On TRACK Concussion Program, where she co-supervises clinical occupational and physical therapy students, and also supports/supervises master student research projects and research volunteers. Dayna has clinical and research experience in pediatrics, acquired brain injury, concussion, neuromuscular diseases, and return-to-school and physical activity.
Andie Hickling, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Research 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 is currently working as a Research Coordinator on a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded project examining the impact and utility of a peer-led approach to raising concussion awareness in high schools across Canada.
Andie has a strong passion for integrating research and clinical care. She has experience working with individuals with a variety of neurological impairments including stroke, spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury. She currently works as an Occupational Therapist in the Persistent Symptoms Clinic at Holland Bloorview, and is passionate about helping children, youth and their families return to meaningful activities after a concussion. She also has experience working in the Inpatient Brain Injury and Early Concussion Care programs at Holland Bloorview.
Melissa Paniccia is an occupational therapist and a passionate pediatric concussion researcher. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. In 2010, Melissa completed a BSc (hons.) at the University of Toronto. In 2013, she completed her MSc in Occupational Therapy, where her interest in pediatric concussion assessment and treatment emerged. Recently, Melissa completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, at the University of Toronto.
During her doctoral program, Melissa explored objective neurophysiological variation (heart rate variability) in youth athletes following concussion in the context of subjective symptom reporting. Her work: (1) established the foundation for understanding healthy autonomic nervous system function in healthy, non-concussed youth athletes; (2) identified and described the longitudinal trajectory of recovery when examining clinical and physiological correlates; (3) explored the impact of a novel clinical intervention (mindfulness-based yoga) on heart rate variability in youth with persistent concussion symptoms. Melissa has been invited to present her work both locally and internationally. More notably, she was invited to deliver a talk at the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society Conference. She was also invited to present her clinical intervention work as a TED talk for the Annual Bloorview Research Institute Symposium, and won the “Evidence to Care” award for her work in clinical intervention. Melissa’s research has been funded by the following awards and scholarships: Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium PhD Award, Bloorview Research Institute Student Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Canadian Occupational Therapy Doctoral Scholarship, and the Margaret and Nicholas Fodor fellowship.
In her current role as a postdoctoral fellow, Melissa is contributing to the evaluation, development and implementation of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation pediatric concussion guidelines.
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.