New Team Members Join the MATTERS Lab!

We are excited to welcome three new students, Magalee, Alicia, and Rita to the MATTERS lab in September 2022!

Learn more about them by reading their brief biographies below:

Magalee is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at UBC. Her current research interests are in rehabilitation through outdoor recreation, the impacts of exercise-related cognitive errors on physical activity participation for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the benefits of exercise for older adults with cognitive impairments. While she is not studying or helping out with research you can find her paddling or hiking with friends/family, running, biking, listening to music, reading, attending concerts, or cooking.

My name is Alicia Leong. I am currently a third-year Political Science student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Throughout my undergraduate journey, I have been exploring the intersection between disability theory and rehabilitation sciences. I have work experience in home care settings for people with spinal cord injury. My interests range from the provision of affordable care services closer to the communities where those affected live and advocacy for accessibility and disability rights. I hope to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Outside of school, I love being in nature, filmmaking, and reading.

Rita is currently a third-year UBC BSc student majoring in physiology and minoring in psychology. Her current research interests are in rehabilitation processes following spinal cord injuries, technologies that can assist with mobility and health (i.e. through virtual reality and digital assessment applications), and other projects that promote the overall well-being of patients and their caregivers through holistic and biopsychosocial reviews. In her spare time, Rita enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, going on hikes, listening to new music, trying not to fall off her penny board, and experimenting with photography/videography/digital art!