Faculty & Staff

Faculty Members Currently Looking for a Student: 

Faculty Contact Admission Intake Description 
Dr. Lisa Carlesso
email: carlesl@mcmaster.ca 
Fall (September) 2021

Applications are invited for a PhD student position (four years) on a funded project with Dr. Lisa Carlesso at McMaster University in the School of Rehabilitation Science. The project is focused on examining the effects of a novel pain care yoga program on the central nervous systems modulation of pain and associated biomarkers in people with knee osteoarthritis. The position is available starting September 2021 (a later starting date is possible, subject to negotiation). We are seeking enthusiastic candidates with a strong interest in and understanding of pain science and mechanisms in musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis preferred). Applicants should have an MSc (research-based or equivalent degree) in physiotherapy or a related field. Excellent command of English language skills are essential. Applications should include a brief (max. 1 page) statement of research experience/interests and academic achievements, a CV, academic transcripts, and names of at least 2 referees. Please send your application as a single pdf file to Lisa Carlesso (carlesl@mcmaster.ca). You will be part of a dynamic and interdisciplinary team and will benefit from a rich and collaborative research environment at McMaster including its institutes on Aging and Pain Research and Care.

Dr. Jan Willem Gorter 
email: gorter@mcmaster.ca
Fall (September) 2021 or Winter (January) 2022 

Brief Project Description:

The transition from pediatric to adult care is a critical time in the journey of an adolescent with a rheumatologic disease like arthritis or lupus. Helping adolescents prepare for transition requires an integrated approach from healthcare providers and parents to teach and encourage them to manage their own care. Parents play a key role in helping/supporting their child in becoming independent. Until now, research to improve adolescents’ transition readiness has focused on them, with little attention paid to parents. We have received funding to conduct a study which will provide parents of adolescents with arthritis and lupus with a Parent Toolkit.  This toolkit will include information about the transition process, differences between pediatric and adult care, a roadmap describing important stages of becoming independent, and Tip Sheets describing ways parents can help their child improve their ability to manage their disease. We anticipate that using the Toolkit to educate/support parents will, in turn, help adolescents become more independent and improve their ability to manage their care. Our results will inform us of the impact of the Parent Toolkit and help us expand its use to parents of adolescents with other chronic diseases.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a Master’s student to help conduct this project.  Successful candidates will work well independently, be detail-oriented, organized, conscientious and have strong verbal and written communication skills.  The successful candidate will be involved in consenting study participants in a clinical setting, administering and collecting questionnaires, performing data input and cleaning, supporting undergraduate students working with the REDCap database, performing data analyses and reporting of results.  The candidate will also be responsible for organizing team meetings, setting the agenda and recording minutes.


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