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Current PhD Grad Students

Abey Bekele Abebe Student personal and research introduction:

Abey Bekele Abebe is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science program. He has been working in the department of Physiotherapy at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, for the past seven years as a lecturer, clinician and research team member mainly focusing on musculoskeletal pain and sport injuries.

Area of Research: Abey’s research broadly focuses on understanding the language of pain and in the development of treatment outcome measurement tools.

Education

• PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science Program, Queen’s University, 2018 – present
• MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Gondar, 2014
• BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Gondar, 2010

Student Contact Info: 18aba2@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Jordan Miller

Molalign Belay Molalign Belay is a doctoral student at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and a faculty member at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. He has worked for different local organizations in Ethiopia as a volunteer trainer, trustee, and regular guest as a public educator and social commentator. Being an African visionary young scholar, he is interested in participating in different programs and engaging with and learning from others. He envisions, upon the completion of his PhD studies, to promote and organize a community of young scholars, and community engagement by mentoring students with disabilities and establishing community-based associations and capacity-building training workshops and youth dialogue forums in Ethiopia. He seeks opportunities to build networks for future collaborative and joint projects on education, research and community services in Ethiopia/Africa.

Doctoral research area: Stigma and its impact on access to and participation in education among children with disabilities in rural areas of Ethiopia.

Education

• PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
• MA in Sociology (Sociology of Health and Well-being), Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012
• BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology with distinction, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2008.

Supervisors: Setareh Ghahari & Rosemary Lysaght

Ansha Nega Ahmed Student personal and research introduction:

Ansha Nega Ahmed is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Science, supported through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. She is a faculty member of Addis Ababa University and adjunct staff at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. Ansha has worked for more than twelve years in academia and has extensive experience in community development programs through large-scale research and intervention projects in collaboration with national and international partners. Her research interests and work experiences relate to “the individual” after injury and chronic illness (return to work and participation), ergonomics at work and in everyday life, special groups’ health at work, and OSH Management. Ansha appreciates teamwork and has an interest in exploring new directions and developing existing actions.

Area of Research: Understanding the transition to work after major injury and the rehabilitation trajectory in low-income contexts with the goal to develop knowledge that can improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families. 

Education: PhD student, Rehabilitation Science, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada (current)
MSc, Ergonomics/Human Factors, Loughborough University, UK, 2009
BSc, Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2007
Diploma in Sanitary Science, Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Ethiopia, 2001

Student Contact Info: 18ana6@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Marcia Finlayson

Hiwot Temesgen Andualem Student personal and research introduction:

Hiwot Temesgen Andualem is a Doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Science Program. She is from Ethiopia and was an active faculty member at the University of Gondar, Department of Social Work. Her professional interests revolve around the empowerment of women with disabilities.

Education

PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science Program, Queen’s University, 2019 – present
MA, Social Work, Addis Ababa University, 2016
BA, Sociology, Addis Ababa University, 2014

Student Contact Info: 18hta1@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Heather Aldersey

Bilen Mekonnen ArayaStudent personal and research introduction:

Bilen Mekonnen Araya is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science program. She has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the School of Midwifery, University of Gondar, Ethiopia since 2012. Her research concentrations and publications target maternal and neonatal health issues. She also worked as a clinician at Black Lion Specialized Hospital (Ethiopia) for two years developing expertise in the field of maternal health and aspires to assist in the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity in Ethiopia.

Area of Research: Bilen’s research focuses on maternal rehabilitation with a special interest on infertility and the obstetric fistula.

Education:

PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science, Queen’s University, 2019 – current
MSc, Clinical Midwifery, University of Gondar, 2017
BSc, Midwifery, Addis Ababa University, 2010

Student Contact Info: 18bma7@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Heather Aldersey

Mulugeta Chala Mulugeta Bayisa Chala is a first-year doctoral student at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University through MasterCard Foundation scholarship. He is a faculty member at the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Gondar, Ethiopia where he is involved in teaching, patient care, and research. As a clinician, he has over eight years experience in treating numerous patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions who experience various degrees of suffering from pain disability at physiotherapy clinic in the University of Gondar hospital. Mulugeta’s research focus is on building a foundation for chronic low back pain self-management program in Ethiopia.
His professional interest lies in empowering and coaching patients towards better health and wellness. He envisions a future where patients are heard, listened and receive a proper pain management services in Ethiopia.

Education

BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Gondar in 2008
MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Gondar in 2012

Supervisor: Jordan Miller

Student personal and research introduction:

Tibeb Debele is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science PhD program. She has a background as a lecturer, and research team member in the School of Midwifery at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, focusing on maternal and neonatal health care issues.

Area of Research: Tibeb's research focuses on maternal rehabilitation with a special interest in Urogynecology in particular relating to obsetric fistula conditions.

Education:

MSc, Clinical Midwifery, University of Gondar, 2017
BSc, Midwifery, University of Gondar, 2012

Student Contact Info: 19tzd@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Beata Batorowicz

Eshetu Haileselassie EngedaEshetu is a PhD student and Assistant Professor of paediatric nursing at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. He has an extensive background in child health nursing education and research, including involvement in the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) as a principal investigator and project manager. Eshetu has published a number of scholarly articles in peer-review journals and has participated in various international scientific conferences.

Research area: Health related quality of life (QOL) among children and adolescents with cancer. 

Education

• PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
• MSc in Pediatrics Nursing, University of Gondar, Ethiopia (2013) 
• BSc in Clinical Nursing, University of Gondar, Ethiopia (2009)

Student Contact Info: 18ehe@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Nora Fayed

 

Paulina Finak Student personal and research introduction:

Paulina Finak is a PhD student enrolled in the Rehabilitation Science program. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience working with children with special needs. She has also worked as a Clinical Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, supervising a multidisciplinary team in the Rehabilitation Department. She has been involved in various committees of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. Paulina came to study at Queen’s University with the goal of applying her clinical knowledge to rehabilitation science research for children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Area of Research: Paediatric and youth using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with an interest in pragmatics and literacy development in this population.

Education:

PhD student, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Masters of Speech-Language Pathology, Laurentian University, 1995.
BA, Psychology, Ottawa University, 1993

Student Contact Info: 18pmf@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Beata Batorowicz

Navjit Gaurav Student personal and research introduction:

Navjit Gaurav is a doctoral student with the Rehabilitation Science program at Queen’s University. He is from India and has lived and studied in different parts of that country. He studied Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal (India) before working as a Community Architect in Delhi’s slums for four years. He completed his Masters of Social Work in Disability Studies and Action at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai (India). He came to Canada intending to expand his career prospects in rehabilitation. His research aims to engage the rural Indian community through innovative participation measures to improve quality of life and social integration for people with disabilities.

Area of Research: To improve quality of life and social integration for persons with disability in a rural Indian context through innovative measures of participation.

Education:

PhD student, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University (current)
MA, Social Work-Disability Studies and Action, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2019
Bachelor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India, 2013

Student Contact Info: 19ng7@queensu.ca

Supervisors: Heather Aldersey & Beata Batorowicz

Shannon Hill Student personal and research introduction: : Shannon Hill is a doctoral candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She became interested in understanding and supporting the educational experiences of military-connected students in Canada while completing a Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University. Growing up in a military family herself, Shannon has first-hand experience going through the education system as a military-connected student.

Area of Research: Understanding and supporting the school transitions of military-connected adolescents.

Education

• Master of Education, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario – 2017
• Bachelor of Education (Concurrent), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario - 2015
• Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario – 2014

Student Contact Info: 11slh10@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Heidi Cramm

Student personal and research introduction: Julia Jansen-van Vuuren is a Master's student with the Rehabilitation Science program. She is from Australia but grew up and completed her schooling at an international school in Nepal. Julia studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland (Australia) and has worked as a community Occupational Therapist in Brisbane, Australia. She came to Canada to study at Queen’s University with the goal of developing skills and knowledge in rehabilitation in low-income contexts to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in these countries.
Area of research: Understanding the needs for Occupational Therapy for families of children with disabilities in Ethiopia.
Education: MSc student, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons), University of Queensland, Australia, 2011
Supervisor: Heather Aldersey

Student personal and research introduction: Selamawit Workeneh is a PhD candidate with the Rehabilitation Science program. She grew up and attended school in Ethiopia. Selamawit worked as a lecturer at the University of Gondar in the department of Psychology. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of rehabilitation and research and apply them to improve the lives of Ethiopians with varying disabilities.

Area of Research: Exploring the Mental Health Conditions of Persons with Physical Disabilities in Ethiopia.

Education:

PhD candidate, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
MA, Counseling Psychology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 2012
BA, Psychology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2010

Student Contact Info: 18swk1@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Setareh Ghahari

Jonathan Lommen Student personal and research introduction:

Jonathan Lommen is a doctoral candidate at Queen’s University in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. He has a passion for physical activity which has contributed to his interest in physical rehabilitation. He has enjoyed working alongside many health care professionals in several clinical settings including Athletic Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Neurorehabilitation. During his MSc, he led in the study of parkinsonian gait to identify potential avenues for brain stimulation therapies. In this vein of scientific research, he hopes to play an instrumental role in the optimization of treatment for those facing mobility, sensory, and cognitive impairments that hinder daily functioning and quality of life.

Area of Research: Jonathan’s current focus at Queen’s University is to better understand and evaluate mild traumatic brain injury among youth athletes. Through the application of biomechanics and neuro-imaging technologies, he endeavors to enhance the neurological functioning and recovery pathway of those experiencing post concussion syndrome.

Education: MSc in Human Kinetics with specialization in Biomechanics, University of Ottawa, 2019
Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours), Nipissing University, 2017

Student Contact Info: jonathan.lommen@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Lucie Pelland

Olivia Manning Student personal and research introduction: Olivia Manning is a doctoral research student at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She is originally from Newfoundland, where she received a Bachelor of Kinesiology. Her first exposure to research as an undergraduate was in the areas of corticospinal excitability and Multiple Sclerosis at Memorial University and with the MS Society of Canada. From there, she attended Queen’s University for a Master’s in Science in Physical Therapy. After working clinically in Ottawa, she returned to Queen’s in 2017 to pursue her passion for clinical research in neurological populations. Over the course of the next few years she hopes to develop and specialize as a researcher, clinician and educator. Her research aspirations consist of creating a network of like-minded individuals with the common goal of creating sustainable strategies for long-term maintenance and rehabilitation for individuals living with neurological conditions and older adults.

Area of Research: Narrowing the gap between formal rehabilitation and community wellness for stroke survivors through water exercise in a step-down model to continue walking and balance recovery and improve quality of life.

Education

• BKin. (Honors) Memorial University 2014
• MSc. in Physical Therapy Queen’s University 2016

Student Contact Info: olivia.manning@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Vincent DePaul

Amanda Mofina Student personal and research introduction: Amanda Mofina is a doctoral candidate in the Rehabilitation Science program. She completed her studies in occupational therapy at Queen’s University and has clinical experience working in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Her research interests combine her experience as an occupational therapist in clinical settings with her previous areas of research: community care, population-level analysis, and use of health administrative databases.

Area of Research: Understanding the association between receipt of rehabilitation therapy and health utilization outcomes among individuals with multimorbidity.

Education

• PhD candidate, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
• MSc Occupational Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2014
• MSc Kinesiology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 2012
• Bachelor of Science (Hons), Kinesiology and Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 2010

Student Contact Info: 12am67@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Catherine Donnelly

Samantha Noyek Student personal and research introduction: Samantha Noyek is a PhD student with the Rehabilitation Science program. She is from Thornhill, Ontario. She has completed both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees across Ontario. Samantha completed an Honor’s Specialization Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Western University and a Master’s of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She is now using her diverse background to foster her knowledge and develop skills at Queen’s University to explore patient-reported outcome measures for children living with medical complexity.

Area of Research: Exploring emotional health of children living with medical complexity using patient-reported outcome measures.

Education

• PhD student, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
• MSc, Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2017
• BSc (Hons), Psychology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 2016

Student Contact Info: 11sen5@queensu.ca

Supervisors: Nora Fayed and Claire Davies (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)

Student personal and research introduction:

Jeanette Parsons is a PhD student with the Rehabilitation Science program. She is also the senior accessibility advisor at Queen’s Student Accessibility Services. A Queen’s employee since 2003, Jeanette has also held roles in the Queen’s Equity Office and School of Graduate Studies. She was the first accessibility coordinator appointed at an Ontario university following enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Jeanette was born in Nova Scotia, grew up in Newfoundland, and lived in British Columbia and Alberta before settling in Kingston. Jeanette is mom to Ethan, partner to Bill, and a proud deaf woman. Her professional and educational focus is on the development and application of policy in advancing accessibility for people with disabilities in education.

Area of Research: Examining changes to academic accommodations that students experience while transitioning from high school to university and the impact of these changes on their academic and personal experiences.

Education:
Master of Public Administration, Queen’s University, 2009
Master of Science, Family Therapy, Guelph University, 1998
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1995

Student Contact Info: jeanette.parsons@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Mary McColl

Student personal and research introduction:

Katherine “Katie” Poser is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Science. Passionate about clinical practice, she works as a critical care nurse at Kingston Health Sciences in the post-anesthetic care unit, as a Professor for the School of Baccalaureate Nursing, and is the coordinator of the RN Critical Care Nursing Program at St. Lawrence College. Katie is a proud Kingstonian and is grateful to have returned home after 12 years in New Brunswick. Her research interests relate to bridging the gap between theory and practice for interprofessional healthcare providers through continuing education, humanization and empathy in critical care and pain management for specialized populations. Katie feels very grateful to be working with the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and her multidisciplinary team.

Area of Research: Determining the needs of interprofessional healthcare providers involved in post-operative pain management for patients on opiod agonist therapy.

Education:

MNEd., Athabasca University, 2011
BScN, St. Francis Xavier University, 2005
Critical Care Nursing Diploma, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario 1997
Registered Nursing Diploma, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario 1995 

Student Contact Info: k.poser@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Jordan Miller

Student personal and research introduction: Rachel Sarah Richmond is a PhD student with the Rehabilitation Science Program. She has a background in Kinesiology and Community Health from Brock University, where she specialized in understanding the self-management behaviours of persons with chronic pain. This understanding of self-management behaviours led her to consider populations with risky and demanding occupations such as military and public safety personnel, both as members alone and as family units.

Area of Research: Understanding the experiences of public safety personnel and their families in relation to living with an occupational stress injury.

Education:

MA, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON – 2019
Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours), Brock University, St. Catharines, ON – 2016

Student Contact Info: 19rsr1@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Heidi Cramm

Supervisors: Heidi Cramm and Alice Aiken (Faculty of Health/Dalhousie University)

Abey Bekele Abebe Student personal and research introduction:

Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist and PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science Program at Queen’s University. Kyle’s research interests include musculoskeletal pain, disability, interprofessional primary health care, and knowledge translation. Kyle is a recipient of a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as an Innovations Strengthening Primary Health Care Research Fellowship from the Ontario SPOR Support Unit. Kyle maintains part-time clinical practice in an interdisciplinary chronic pain clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre-Hotel Dieu Hospital site and is a trainee of the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research-Primary Health Care program through Western University. Kyle is an active member of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and Canadian Pain Society.

Area of Research: Management of chronic musculoskeletal pain in primary health care

Education

• PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science Program, Queen’s University, 2018 – present
• Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, 2015
• Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), McMaster University, 2013

Student Contact Info: kyle.vader@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Jordan Miller

Student Personal and Research Introduction:

Sintayehu Daba Wami is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science program. He is a faculty member in the department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Institute of Public Health at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. Sintayehu has worked for the past 5 years in academia conducting academic-related teaching, research, and community services. He has carried out several successful university and third part funded research projects in the principal or co-investigator position. Sintayehu's professional goal is to lay a foundation for a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for chronic low back pain in Ethiopia.

Area of Research: Sintayehu's research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for chronic low back pain in Ethiopia.

Education:

  • PhD student, Rehabilitation Science, Queen’s University
  • Master of Public Health in Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2015
  • BSc, Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2011

Student Contact Info: 19sdw6@queensu.ca

Supervisor: Jordan Miller

Student Personal and Research Introduction: Ashley Williams is a PhD student with the Rehabilitation Science program. She grew up in Newfoundland and completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial University in psychology and sociology. She worked as an employment counsellor in St. John’s before moving to Kingston in 2012 to complete a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. She is a registered occupational therapist with experience working in primary care in Ontario.  

Area of Research: Understanding transition to civilian life for Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and access to health care services during this transition.

Education

• MScOT, Queen’s University, 2014
• BSc (Hons.), Memorial University, 2009

Supervisors: Heidi Cramm & Catherine Donnelly