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Going Back for More: Tips and Tricks for Those Considering or Currently Pursuing Graduate Studies – Panel

Going Back for More: Tips and Tricks for Those Considering or Currently Pursuing Graduate Studies – Panel

Going Back for More: Tips and Tricks for Those Considering or Currently Pursuing Graduate Studies – Panel

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This panel session from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Congress 2021  convenes physiotherapists who are contemplating, actively pursuing, or who have completed a PhD for a dialogue about PhD training and post-PhD career paths, while simultaneously providing attendees with networking opportunities. 



Dr. Caitlin McArthur is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on improving the effectiveness of, and access to, rehabilitation for people living with chronic health conditions across the continuum of care, particularly home and long-term care. She is interested in fall and fracture prevention and improving functional mobility for clinically complex older adults. She completed her MScPT at the University of Toronto, and her PhD at the University of Waterloo with a specialization in Aging, Health, and Well-Being.

Dr. Adria Quigley obtained her PhD in Health from Dalhousie University, during which she worked closely with Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities to study the feasibility and impact of yoga on cognitive and physical function among people living with HIV. Her clinical experience includes acute care, geriatric rehabilitation, long-term care, and outpatient neurotherapeutics. Dr. Quigley is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, where she is testing an innovative approach to enhancing adherence to lifestyle interventions for people living with HIV.

Riley  Louie graduated from the University of Toronto's Master of Science in Physical Therapy program in 2011. He began his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia after practicing for four years in neurological rehabilitation. In addition to overseeing a multisite clinical trial using robotics in stroke rehabilitation, Riley has coordinated several unique teaching projects in physiotherapy, including a pilot ‘Escape Room’ learning experience. Graduating in early 2021, Riley enters the post-PhD career search with the goal of taking his research and physiotherapy training into the health industry.

Dr. Jay Shaw is a scientist at the Institute for Health System Solutions and the Virtual Care at Women's College Hospital, as well as Research Director of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Health at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He has a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He studies health innovation from social science perspectives and his work seeks to advance equity and social justice in health care.

Shannon Lim was the first student to enroll in the Master of Physical Therapy and Doctoral (MPT/PhD) dual-degree at the University of British Columbia. She completed the MPT portion of the degree in 2016 and will be completing her PhD in 2021. Her research is focused on identifying functional brain characteristics during various walking tasks post-stroke. Throughout her PhD timeline, Shannon has worked part-time as a physiotherapist in private clinics, as well as a research therapist. She also teaches portions of the neuroanatomy/physiology and adult neurology courses within the UBC MPT program.

Christina (Tina) Ziebart is a registered kinesiologist and certified exercise physiologist, studying to become a physical therapist. She graduated her undergraduate and master’s from the University of Waterloo in Kinesiology. She is currently working on her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. In research, Tina has published several studies on exercise and posture in people with osteoporosis. She will continue her research in her PhD, gaining a better understanding of patient’s expectations related to exercise and through a randomized controlled trial on the effects of exercise, nutrition, and falls prevention for fracture prevention.

Dr. Laura Desveaus is an implementation scientist whose scientific work draws on behavioural psychology and implementation science to conduct policy-oriented evaluations of complex health interventions that aim to optimize care. To achieve this, her team examines the process and mechanisms of change, as well as the contextual factors that characterize success (and failure). This approach provides insights into what works best for whom, and in what circumstance, and helps health system partners scale up successful solutions across the system. She completed her PhD (2015) and MScPT (2011) at the University of Toronto and brings her clinical perspective as a physical therapist to her scientific work. Laura is also the Executive Director of Women Who Lead - a non-profit network that equips women in the health care sector with the skills they need for career advancement and leadership roles.   


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