Dr. William Miller’s research team consists of a Research Coordinator, a Project Manager, two research assistants, and five Work Learn students.

kate 2016Dr. Kate Keetch (PhD, Psychomotor Behaviour, McMaster University)

Kate is the research coordinator and lab manager for Dr. Bill Miller at the GF Strong Rehab Research Lab. She obtained her Doctorate in Psychomotor Behaviour from McMaster University in 2009. Her main research focus was on effective practice scheduling in motor (re)learning in special populations examining such topics as self-regulation and goal-setting. She first started working in UBC’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in 2011.




IMG_1218Naomi Bartz-McCormick (MA, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago)

Naomi McCormick received her Master’s Degree from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She is currently a Research Coordinator in the Rehab Research Lab. Particularly interested in how people navigate social and political relations in contemporary urban spaces, she served as a research assistant for a MacArthur funded study from 2008-2010, examining the experiences of residents and stakeholders living in three mixed-income developments in Chicago. She also has a background in psychology, specifically on the challenges of stigmatization and related coping mechanisms.



Nathalie 1Nathalie Manuel (BSc, Psychology, University of British Columbia)

Nathalie Manuel joined the Rehabilitation Research Lab in May of 2014. She completed a BSc Psychology from UBC Vancouver in May 2015. She is currently pursuing a post-degree Diploma in Accounting Program at UBC Sauder School of Business. Nathalie is generally interested in healthcare. Her goal is to make a positive difference in people’s lives – either as a healthcare professional or by applying her accounting skills at a healthcare institution. She really enjoys being part of the lab and contributing to valuable research that aims to improve people’s quality of life.


Halima ElmiHalima Elmi (BSc, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University)

Halima Elmi joined the Rehab Research Lab in June 2016, as a qualitative research assistant. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2013, with a focus on population health. Halima is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health in the global health stream, at Simon Fraser University. She is very interested in research and health promotion activities that reduce barriers, and increase the accessibility of health services for vulnerable populations.




ColleenColleen O’Melinn (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Colleen joined the lab in September 2015 as a Work Learn research assistant working under Bill.  She is in her fourth year of her undergrad, studying Kinesiology. She is very passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle and removing the barriers which prevent people from being active.





Geoffrey CharmGeoffrey Charm (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Geoffrey Charm joined the Rehab Research Lab in May of 2016 as a Work Learn Research Assistant.  He is in his 1st year of undergrad at UBC in the Faculty of Science.  He is interested in research pertaining to the physical and neurological repair of the human body.  His goal is to pursue a career in medicine as a researcher-practitioner in the field of rehabilitation sciences.




Amna KhanAmna Khan (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Amna joined the Rehabilitation Research Lab in May 2016 and is working as a work learn research assistant. She will be completing her Bachelors of Science with a focus on Biology & Psychology. Amna is very keen on gaining insight into the social and psychological barriers encountered by individuals with disabilities.




Michael LiMichael Li (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Michael Li joined the Rehab Research Lab in May of 2016. He is currently in his 2nd year of his undergrad studying Kinesiology. He is very passionate about helping others in their rehabilitation process at the lab and hopes to pursue a career in Physiotherapy once he has completed his undergrad.