EPIC Lab | Our Team
Meet our team of scientists, research staff, trainees, and alumni.
Tim Ross, PhD, RPP, MCIP
EPIC Lab Staff
Clarissa is a Research Assistant and former Ward Summer Student (2022) for the EPIC Lab. She is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health & Disease, Physiology, and Economics at the Unviersity of Toronto. Her current research explores how paediatric healthcare built environments are experienced by children with disabilities and their families. She is also contributing to other projects focusing on paediatric healthcare within the Lab.
Élyse Comeau, MPl
Amanda is a Master of Arts student in Child Study and Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto where she is pursuing her Ontario College of Teachers designation. She has also completed a Master of Arts in Critical Disability Studies from York University where her research explored the inclusive education experience for autistic students in the Toronto District School Board. Her volunteer work with the EPIC Lab focuses on the use of qualitative research methods with people with developmental disabilities.
Amanda is a first-year medical student at the University of Toronto. Amanda is currently supporting numerous projects within the lab, including a scoping review on disability and race within healthcare and a scoping review on access to play spaces for children in hospital. Having family members who live with chronic illness and disability, she is passionate about supporting research on transitional care, accessible and inclusive spaces and enhancing community resilience among marginalized populations.
Juliana is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child, Youth and Family studies. Her volunteer work with the EPIC Lab focuses on children's experiences in pediatric healthcare environments. She is also supporting a study on inclusive playground programming. Juliana is looking to pursue a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in the coming years.
Nicole is a fourth-year undergraduate student completing her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Statistics at the University of Toronto. She is interested in exploring ways to build a safe and inclusive environment for people with disabilities and hopes to pursue a career in Occupational therapy in the future. Nicole is currently supporting a study that explores the housing experiences of people with developmental disabilities in intentional community residences, with hopes of creating better housing designs that accommodate their needs.
Roshan is a Ward 2023 Summer Student for the EPIC Lab. He recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Science majoring in Physiology and Interdisciplinary Medical Science from Western University. Roshan is currently constructing a scoping review to understand the best practices for family engagement in childhood disability research. His previous experience as a volunteer for the EPIC Lab involved contributions to a scoping review focusing on the air travel experiences of children with disabilities and their families.
Sydney is a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy student at McMaster University. Having family members living with a physical disability has made her very passionate about the ways in which people with disabilities interact with a world largely designed for an able-bodied population. She is currently supporting a scoping review within the EPIC Lab that explores the walkability literature from a lens of accessibility. She hopes to be a part of the ongoing efforts to make our community a safe, accessible, and inclusive space for all.
- Catherine Stratton, Research Assistant
- Emily Buliung, Research Assistant
- Téa Christopoulos, Research Assistant
Past Ward Summer Students
- Clarissa Yu, Summer 2022
- Danielle Nicolardi, Summer 2021
- Iqra Mahmood, Summer 2020
- Madalyn Murray, Summer 2021
- Sarah Qureshi, Summer 2021
- Sophie Weaver, Summer 2021
- Bianca Serapiglia, MSc. OT, University of Toronto
- Emma Melo, MSc. OT, University of Toronto
- Marjan Fadaei, MSc., Planning, University of Toronto
- Melissa Ngo, MDes, OCAD University
- Shalaine Sedres, Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto
- Yixue Zhang, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
- Yuelin Ge, MSc. Planning, University of Toronto