Dr. William Miller’s 2021 Research and Staff team consists of PhD and Masters students, research staff, as well as undergraduate Work Learn students. The majority of Dr. Miller’s research is conducted at the Rehabilitation Research Program (Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute) based out of the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

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PhD and Masters Students

Isabelle Rash (PhD Student)

Coming from advertisement, marketing and R&D, Isabelle is currently a PhD Student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Brodie M. Sakakibara and Dr. William C. Miller supervising. In the previous Master of Digital Media program, she learned how to be proficient in building, managing and leading digital media projects. With a strong interest in the health-tech industry, her PhD studies focus on combining rehabilitation for stroke survivors with new technologies. 



Himani Prajapati (PhD Student)

I am currently a first year PhD student at the University of British Columbia in Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. William C. Miller. I have completed a Bachelors in Physiotherapy and Masters in Neuro Physiotherapy and also possess a clinical background in Neuro Rehabilitation. I am interested in Rehabilitation Interventions focusing on balance, mobility and fatigue in people with spinal cord injury consequently aiming to ameliorate quality of life.  



Elham Esfandiari (PhD)

Dr. Elham Esfandiari is a recent PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Bill Miller. Her educational and clinical background is in prosthetics and orthotics. Her research will focus on the effect of an mHealth (mobile health) approach to promote self-management after lower limb amputation.




Gordon Tao (PhD Student)

Gordon is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia in the Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program with Dr. William C. Miller supervising. He completed his BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University. Gordon is passionate about the role of assistive technologies in supporting independence and improving quality of life. His research interests include digital media and virtual reality applications for health as well as stakeholder-driven evaluation of assistive technologies. His doctoral research focuses on the design of digital games for rehabilitation.




Farzad Ravari (PhD Student)

With a background in a Masters of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon from Iran, I am pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia. My research interest stems from my experience in computer-based rehabilitation for management of gait disorders, balance training, brachial plexus injuries, dorsalgia, radiculopathy, sciatica, spondylosis, and muscle training in brain stroke and cerebral palsy.



Pegah Derakhshan (PhD Student)

Pegah Derakhshan is a first-year PhD student in Rehabilitation Science under the supervision of Dr Bill Miller and Dr Ben Mortenson. Pegah completed her medical degree in Iran, and her research focused on patients with spinal cord injury. 




Colleen Hamilton (Masters Student)

Colleen is a student in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. Colleen is from Victoria and comes from a professional background in economic development planning. She is thrilled to soon be joining the profession of OT, which combines her loves of anatomy and psychology (and getting to figure out what makes people tick). In her spare time, she tries to get out trail running in our gorgeous coastal forests as much as possible, but in reality spends most of her time at local playgrounds with her two kids.






Research Staff

Noah Tregobov (Research Coordinator, University of British Columbia)

Noah completed his Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. He is passionate about developing innovative solutions to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. He plans to pursue a career combining healthcare and research.





Heather Cathcart (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Heather is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at UBC majoring in a combined major in Chemistry, Life Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences. She is passionate about improving others’ quality of life, rehabilitation and public health. Heather is exploring multiple career paths but hopes to pursue a career in health care.




Kai Leong (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Kai is currently a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC. He is particularly passionate about geriatrics, public health, and technology and would love to pursue a career that integrates the three. Though he is still in the career exploration phase, Kai is very interested in pursuing a career in rehabilitation medicine.




Olivia Yung (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Olivia is currently a Kinesiology student at UBC. She is passionate about sharing her love for sports and enjoys building community through recreational activities. She plans to pursue a career in health care, but when she’s not studying, you can find her paddling in an outrigger canoe or in the mountains.




Aditya Dhariwal (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Adit is doing a combined major in Chemistry, Math and Life Sciences. He is interested in how technology integrates with rehabilitation. Outside of research, you can find him playing sports with his friends.







Rebecca Wong (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Rebecca is a 4th-year Kinesiology Undergraduate Student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Stream. She is passionate about improving quality of life for people with disabilities and supporting them to be physically active. She aspires to become a Physiotherapist. On her off time, you can find her climbing, running and hiking around BC.




Victoria Mah (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Being a fourth year Kinesiology undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, Victoria has had work experience in aging and spinal cord injury research. Her close relationship with her grandparents and her work as a Care Aide led to her interest in working with and for the older adult and disability community. Victoria’s research work has explored the practices of mobility and process of health in later life. Her research interests crosses disciplines such as sociology, public health, and gerontology. Victoria hopes to pursue a rehabilitation sciences career in physiotherapy. Outside of school, Victoria enjoys playing squash, traveling, and taking in local stand up comedy shows.