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Profile lab team members

Our People

Meet our team of scientists, research staff, collaborators, and trainees.

Scientists

Dr. Amy McPherson

Principal investigator & lead of the ProFILE Lab. See Dr. McPherson's full Scientist Profile.

Research Staff

Revi Bonder

Revi is a third-year doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, where her research focuses on compulsive overeating pathologies, particularly addictive-like eating. She holds an MSc in the same research discipline. At the Bloorview Research Institute Revi is a Research Coordinator within the ProFILE lab, and is involved in projects concerning weight, eating disorders, mental health, and sexuality surrounding children and youth with both intellectual and physical disabilities. Revi is passionate about expanding her research knowledge and perspectives through stakeholder-informed research, and hopes that her contributions can inform future developments for children with disabilities.

Madison Giles

Madison Giles is a Research Assistant with the ProFILE Lab at the Bloorview Research Institute and a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, as well as a Vanier-SSHRC Scholar. Madison is committed to conducting research in collaboration with community that examines the micro, meso and macro aspects of sexuality. Her research aim is to conduct rigourous, theoretical, ethical and innovative research that makes room for a multiplicity of lived experiences to better support the sexual wellness of groups who experience marginalization. Madison’s PhD project works with youth with physical disabilities to explore their embodied experiences as sexual beings. At the ProFILE Lab, Madison works on the Sexuality study and the Weight Management and Disability study.

Toni Lui

Toni Lui

Toni holds an MSW and is a registered social worker. She is a Research Coordinator for the ProFILE lab where she is currently working on a project looking at the feasibility of a solution-focused coaching model to foster healthy lifestyles in children and young people with physical disabilities. She is also involved in a project on the experiences of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their families, as well as healthcare providers on the topic of health and weight management. Toni has extensive research experience at the Bloorview Research Institute including clinical trials for individuals with autism. She has also worked with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities in both clinical and community settings.

Meaghan Walker

Meaghan completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences and completed her research in the ProFile lab, exploring how children with autism and obesity feel about weight and their bodies to inform weight related healthcare conversations. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, while working in the lab on numerous projects pertaining to weight related conversations and priorities for children with disabilities, their families and health care providers. Meaghan is passionate about including children’s voices in research, specifically research pertaining to their care and treatment within healthcare.

Nivatha Moothathamby

Nivatha joined the Profile Lab in February 2019 as a Qualitative Interviewer. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology, at the University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on psychopathology, at-risk children and youth, arts-based research and interventions, along with education and social justice. Nivatha’s career goal is to complete her PhD, in Developmental Psychology, and her psychotherapy certification to provide guidance and clinical support to individuals in a community-based setting.

Students

Emma Green

Emma Green is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Heather Henderson. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons.)  in  Mental Health Studies at the University of Toronto in 2016. Emma's research is focused on the role of temperament and children's social evaluations in how children navigate their social environments, particularly in peer-to-peer interactions. In her roles as a researcher and undergraduate instructor, Emma is passionate about discussing the unique strengths and challenges in children's individual experiences and identifying ways in which to best support and encourage child achievement and development. 

Supported by a Special Olympics Ontario internship, Emma is working with the ProFILE Lab to help move research online and become more accessible to participants' and their families. She is interested in finding new ways of making research more welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds, through acknowledging unique backgrounds and lived experiences. 

Celeste Lumia

Celeste is currently a MSc candidate at the University of Toronto Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, working under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson in the ProFILE lab. She previously completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology with High Honours at the University of Toronto with a minor in Psychology.

Celeste’s graduate research focuses on health promotion, in particular, engaging young people with spina bifida using an arts-based research method to qualitatively explore the meaning of health and wellness to them.

Charlotte Fowlow

Charlotte is a MSc Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of Toronto. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at York University, and completed further studies in Therapeutic Recreation at Memorial University. She has worked with children of various abilities for many years as a dance educator, and developed an inclusive adaptive dance program for children with cognitive and physical differences. Under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson and Dr. Shauna Kingsnorth, she is exploring the use of communication tools to support weight-related conversations between healthcare providers, children, and their families. 

Robyn Sirkin 

Robyn is a MSc Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of Toronto. She has also completed a BSc (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queens University and has extensive experience working with people of all ages and all levels of ability. At the Bloorview Research Institute, ProFILE lab Robyn is exploring child and family perspectives on having positive-weight related discussions with children under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson and Dr. Shauna Kingsnorth. She is passionate about addressing and reducing weight stigma and is eager to shape the healthcare system so it maximizes wellness and quality of life for all people. 

Bianca Serapiglia

Bianca is a MSc Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing a research project exploring the safe transportation of children with physical disabilities under the supervision of registered occupational therapists, Sarah Davidson and Rebecca Vanderburgh, and research scientists, Dr. Amy McPherson and Dr. Timothy Ross. Bianca completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto in Sociology, Criminology and Political Science. She also completed a graduate certificate program in Addictions and Mental Health at Humber College. She is passionate about expanding her research knowledge, and in working with children and youth with dual diagnoses in her future practice. 

Emma Melo

Emma is a MSc Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of Toronto. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts at Ryerson University with a major in Early Childhood Studies and a minor in Psychology. Emma has had numerous experiences working with children with dis/abilities in a variety of settings for the past 6 years in her placement, volunteer and work opportunities. She is currently completing a research project exploring the safe transportation of children with physical disabilities under the supervision of registered occupational therapists, Sarah Davidson and Rebecca Vanderburgh, and research scientists, Dr. Amy McPherson and Dr. Timothy Ross. Emma is passionate about exploring the experiences of children with disabilities and hopes that her research contributions can inform advancements in paediatric occupational therapy practice.