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CONNECT Lab - Meet the team


Dr. Deryk Beal

Current Members

Dr. Anna Tendera, Postdoctoral Fellow

Anna Tendera joined Holland Bloorview in October 2019, she is a postdoctoral fellow in the CONNECT lab, directed by Dr. Deryk Beal. Her academic interests are concentrated on investigating accessibility from a multimodal perspective. She is passionate about reimagining the way people interact with technology and strive to make the diagnostics and clinical research more inclusive and patient-centered.

Jennifer Ryan, Doctoral Candidate

Nilou Hashemi, Doctoral Candidate

Christine Muscat, Doctoral Student

Kieran Wheatley, Masters Student

Ronessa Dass, Undergraduate Student 

Ronessa Dass is a fourth-year undergraduate Cognitive Science student from Carleton University. She joined the lab in 2020 and since then, her work in the lab has focused on pediatric persistent pain. As part of her goal to promote equitable and accessible healthcare, Ronessa is committed to performing efficient knowledge dissemination for the general public. 


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Michel Belyk

Dr. Russ Banks


Graduate Students

Carly Cermak

Stephanie Cheung

Keelia Quinn de Launay

Leticia Ribeiro

Samantha Noyek


Undergraduate Students

Haider Al-Tahran

Michael De Biasio

Kirsten Thompson

Anson Sathaseevan

Garima Shah

Alissa Varlamova

Diana Varyvoda

Braxton Murphy

Nicolas Iuorio

Amanda Martino

Hilary Sweatman



Jerry Chittaranjan 

Krissy Doyle-Thomas

Leslie Ordal