RS Graduate Newsletter

Issue 2
Fall 2015

In This Issue

A Warm Welcome to New Students!

A warm welcome to all new MSc and PhD students in the RS Graduate programs! We wish you the best as you continue on in this new semester.

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What's New

The RS Graduate Program has come a long way since inception, both in size and function. This growth has been due to the hard work and dedication of a number of key individuals who have guided the program to where it is today. Over the past few months the programs leadership has transitioned to welcome some new faces and say thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to support the RS program. 
Joy MacDermid held the position of Assistant Dean of the RS program from 2010 to 2014. Under Joy`s leadership the program saw immense growth and it was under her leadership that the RS program successfully completed IQAP. This year Joy announced that she would be leaving McMaster to assume an endowed Chair at Western University. Her Chair will allow her to devote more time to research initiatives and to consolidate her activities at the Hand and Upper Limb Center in London. The program and the school would like to thank Joy for her dedication and contributions over the years.
In 2015, Julie Richardson took over the role as acting Assistant Dean of the RS Program. Julie spearheaded a number of initiatives within the RS Program, which included building the brand of the McMaster RS program through various marketing activities. Julie built great rapport with both students and faculty during her time as acting Assistant Dean.The SRS wishes her all ongoing success as she focuses on her research and continues teaching in the RS and PT programs.

The RS program is pleased to announce that Norma MacIntyre has been successfully appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for the RS Graduate Program. Norma has been heavily involved in the school, acting as member of the faculty at SRS since 2007, and as an Associate Professor for the Physiotherapy program. The SRS is excited to see the direction that Norma takes the program, and wishes her the best as she starts in this new role. 
The RS program also wants to congratulate Liz Dzaman, who started her new role with the School of Rehabilitation Science as the Physiotherapy Program Coordinator in August. Liz has been the RS Graduate Program Coordinator for the past two years, and has built many relationships and greatly contributed to the success of this growing program. As we say goodbye to Liz, we welcome Julia Stoskopf, the new RS Graduate Program Coordinator, and Taylor Boer, the new RS Graduate Program Assistant! We wish them the best in these new roles. 
After graduating from the Masters of Science Physiotherapy (PT) program at McMaster University in 2009, Jenna Smith went on to work at a private outpatient physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton, Ontario, before returning to the School of Rehabilitation Science in 2013 to pursue her PhD in cancer rehabilitation.
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Congratulations to our many successful RS Grad students, including:
Justyne Kersley
Beata Batorowicz
Anthony Gatti
Rabeya Sharmin
Sarah Randall
Yunwha Jeong
Chun Lim
Karen Litman
Justyne Kersley, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, successfully defended her MSc Thesis in May 2015. Her thesis was entitled: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Framework: The impact of a brief educational intervention to Chiropractic Interns.
Beata Batorowicz, under the supervision of Dr. Cheryl Missiuna, successfully defended her PhD Thesis in July 2015. Her thesis was entitled: Social context, participation, and goal-oriented communicative interaction of school-aged children with motor impairments who use aided communication: To have voice, to have choice and be allowed to play.  
Anthony Gatti, under the supervision of Dr. Monica Maly, successfully defended his MSc Thesis in August 2015. His thesis was entitled: How does running and bicycling affect your knees? 
Rabeya Sharmin, under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Solomon, successfully defended her MSc Thesis in August 2015. His thesis was entitled: Understanding the benefits and challenges of role-emerging placements of student occupational therapists in AIDS service organizations.
Sarah Randall, under the supervision of Carol DeMatteo, successfully defended her MSc Thesis in September 2015. Her thesis was entitled: Finding Balance:  An exploration of factors related to balance impairment in children after concussion.
Yunwha Jeong, under the supervision of Dr. Mary Law, successfully defended her MSc Thesis in September 2015. Her thesis was entitled: Cross-cultural adaptation of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth in the Korean cultural context.
Chun Lim, under the supervision of Dr. Mary Law, successfully defended her PhD in September 2015. Her thesis was entitled: Young Children's Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM): Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric evaluation in children with and without developmental needs in Singapore.
Karen Litman, under the supervision of Dr. Norma MacIntyre, successfully defended her Msc in September 2015. Her thesis was entitled: Static and Dynamic Assessment of the Accuracy and Precision of Four Shimmer 2r Microelectronic Measuring Systems (MEMS).

Jean Crowe Scholarship

This $5,000.00 award was established in 2014 by Prof. Jean Crowe.  Prof. Jean Crowe was one of the original faculty members when the Physiotherapy Program was established at McMaster University.  She was a pioneer in rehabilitation research having a role as a research physiotherapist from 1989 to 1999, a time when research was just starting to emerge within the profession.  She is a passionate supporter of the physiotherapy profession and was awarded a life time membership in the CPA in 2003.
  • Doctoral student within the field of Physiotherapy
  • Completed at least one (1) academic year (full or part-time) of their doctoral studies
  • Research is innovative and of clinical significance
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Open to Canadian and Permanent Resident students only

Applications Due: October 20th, 2015

FlashBack: CPA Congress 2015 

We had a great time at the CPA Congress this past June in beautiful Halifax! We had many students from the RS Graduate program present their abstracts, and the whole event allowed for great networking and sharing of information. We were also thrilled to host our very first alumni event for the alumni, students and faculty of the RS Graduate program and the Physiotherapy program at McMaster. The event allowed for networking, re-connecting, and of course, enjoying delicious refreshments with friends and colleagues. Additional pictures of the event can be found on the RS Grad Facebook page

Student Testimonial Videos

You may have seen a camera or two around the School of Rehabilitation Science over the past few months, filming various students from different programs within the school. The filming is part of a new initiative of producing student testimonial videos that will aid new students in selecting McMaster as their top choice for studies in Rehabilitation Science. Keep an eye out later this month for more cameras rolling around campus that will be capturing additional shots for the videos. Also keep an eye out for the videos to be featured on the website sometime in November.

Important Dates

Qualitative Query Forum:   
RS Skills Series:
Research Rounds:
Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:00 - 9:30am Pranay Jindal
9:30 - 10:00am Kathy Wlodarczyk
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 9:00 - 10:00am TBD

Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program Student Retreat, November 11, 2015

Comprehensive Examination Oversight Committee Upcoming Meetings:
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Upcoming Conferences 

ISOQOL 22nd Annual Conference 

October 21-24, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Matrix: Quality of Life in Social Context

The 22nd Annual Conference will focus on the social dimension of HRQOL - theory, assessment, and applications. The Plenary sessions will highlight three areas: Not the Usual Suspects will address social determinants of health and quality of life; The Theory of Everything-New Modesl and Measures, will present innovations in conceptualizing and measuring the social dimension; and The Social Network will provide examples of how to sue social media and social contention in research and clinical practice. 

Canadian Association of Gerontology - From Possibility to Practice in Aging: Shaping a Future for All

October 23-25, 2015
Calgary, Alberta

44th Annual Scientific and Education Meeting

Join us for Canada's premier multidiscplinary conference for all those interested in individual and population agin. This year we explore how research, policy and practice can shape a future for all.
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