Supervisors Accepting New Students

The faculty members listed on this page is currently looking for a student for the September 2022 admission intake.

Information from Supervisors:

Dr. Jan Willem Gorter 
Accepting MSc Students for September 2022

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.


Dr. Lyn Turkstra
Accepting full-time and part-time MSc students for September 2022

The Turkstra lab is accepting MSc applicants for fall of 2022. Successful candidates will have a strong background and interest in neuroscience and cognitive psychology; work well independently; be detail-oriented, organized, and conscientious; and have strong verbal and written communication skills.

Dr. Turkstra is a Speech-Language Pathologist by training, and studies communication disorders in adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury. Her research focuses on social communication, both underlying mechanisms and best practices in assessment and treatment.


Dr. Dina Brooks
Accepting PhD students for September 2022

Dr. Brooks is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and is the Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science.  Dr. Brooks is a Professor who is recognized as a leader in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  She held a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and COPD.  Her research experience has included varied models and different research approaches.  She presently holds a National Sanitarium Association Chair in Respiratory/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research. Her research focuses on chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), stroke, exercise, fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical therapy.


Dr. Luciana Macedo
Accepting MSc students for September 2022

Luciana Macedo is a physiotherapist by training and an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her research focuses on the assessment and management of common spinal disorders. Her interest in back pain has led her to conduct studies on the impact exercise therapists have on improving back pain, how different treatment strategies work for different patient subgroups with back pain, and the underlying mechanisms of back pain and spinal disorders.

Dina Brooks

Dina Brooks

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

905-525-9140 ext. 27807

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Briano Di Rezze

Assistant Professor

905-525-9140 ext. 20009

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Rebecca Gewurtz

Associate Professor


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Jocelyn Harris

Associate Professor

905-525-9140 ext. 27813

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Joy MacDermid

Professor (Part-time)

905-525-9140 ext. 22867

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Sandra Elizabeth Moll

Associate Professor

905-525-9140 ext. 23523

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Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald

Assistant Professor

905-525-9140 ext. 22685

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Michelle Phoenix

Assistant Professor

905-525-9140 ext. 20836


Lyn Turkstra

Assistant Dean of the Speech-Language Pathology Program

905-525-9140 ext. 28648

Wojkowski, Sarah

Sarah Wojkowski

Acting Assistant Dean (Physiotherapy)

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