Danielle DuPlessis, BSc
MSc Student at PEARL Lab
Project: R2Play and Clinician Needs: Fostering user-driven technology that supports return-to-play decision making
Danielle is an MSc student pursuing a Master's in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. Her research is taking place at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and is a joint project between the PEARL lab and the NOvEL lab. She is co-supervised by Dr. Elaine Biddiss and Dr. Shannon Scratch.
Danielle completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science at Mount Allison University in her home province of New Brunswick. In her undergrad, she began studying the long-term impacts of concussion on memory. For her master's project, in keeping with her interest in cognition and rehabilitation, she will be helping to develop a novel return-to-play assessment for young athletes following concussion. This project aims to create a return-to-play system which will better simulate the demands of a real-life sports environment. She is especially interested in using technology to help inform and support clinicians' return-to-play decisions for concussed youth.
Outside of school, Danielle plays wheelchair basketball for the Canadian Women's National Team. In August of 2019 she earned a spot on the team for Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, where they won gold. Currently, she is training in Toronto and hoping to represent Canada at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020. In her spare time, she loves camping and being outside.