Dr. William Miller’s research team consists of a Research Coordinator, a Project Manager, two research assistants, and five Work Learn students.
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.
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.
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.
Erica Digby (BSc, Biology, University of Idaho)
Erica Digby joined the Rehab Research Lab in April 2017 as a research coordinator for the CoPILOT study. She is also on Canada’s national track and field team and races the 5000m and 1500m. She hopes to do a Masters in Occupational Therapy in the future.
Rachel Spence (Summer Co-op Student, Simon Fraser University)
Rachel Spence joined the Rehab Research Lab in May 2017 as a summer policy co-op student working on the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP).
Colleen 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 Charm joined the Rehab Research Lab in May of 2016 as a Work Learn Research Assistant. He is in his 2nd 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 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.
Sunny Chen (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)
Sunny joined the lab in May 2017, after her 3rd year of undergrad at UBC. She studies Behavioural Neuroscience and Genetics, and is fascinated by the interplays between peoples’ biology, environment, and lived experiences. Sunny is passionate about empowering and advocating for marginalized folks and communities, not least people with disabilities.
Dolma Tsundu (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)
Dolma joined the Rehab Research Lab in May 2017. She is in her third year of UBC’s Integrated Engineering program, specializing in mechanical, materials and biomedical engineering. She is passionate about user-centered design and innovation of technology that promotes the participation and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Outside of the lab, Dolma works with individuals with disabilities as a rhythmic gymnastics coach for the Special Olympics.
Megan Lai (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)
Megan Lai joined the Rehab Research Lab in May of 2017 as a Work Learn Research Assistant. She is in her 2nd year of her undergrad at UBC studying microbiology. Her goal is to contribute to research working towards improving the quality of life of those with physical disabilities and their caregivers, as well as other ways to better integrate them into the larger community.