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Our People

Meet our team of scientists, research staff, collaborators, and trainees.

Scientists

Dr. Amy McPherson

Principal investigator & lead of the ProFILE Lab. See Dr. McPherson's full Scientist Profile.

Research Staff

Revi Bonder

Revi is a third-year doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, where her research focuses on compulsive overeating pathologies, particularly addictive-like eating. She holds an MSc in the same research discipline. At the Bloorview Research Institute Revi is a Research Coordinator within the ProFILE lab, and is involved in projects concerning weight, eating disorders, mental health, and sexuality surrounding children and youth with both intellectual and physical disabilities. Revi is passionate about expanding her research knowledge and perspectives through stakeholder-informed research, and hopes that her contributions can inform future developments for children with disabilities.

Madison Giles

Madison Giles is a Research Assistant with the ProFILE Lab at the Bloorview Research Institute and a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, as well as a Vanier-SSHRC Scholar. Madison is committed to conducting research in collaboration with community that examines the micro, meso and macro aspects of sexuality. Her research aim is to conduct rigourous, theoretical, ethical and innovative research that makes room for a multiplicity of lived experiences to better support the sexual wellness of groups who experience marginalization. Madison’s PhD project works with youth with physical disabilities to explore their embodied experiences as sexual beings. At the ProFILE Lab, Madison works on the Sexuality study and the Weight Management and Disability study.

Toni Lui

Toni Lui

Toni holds an MSW and is a registered social worker. She is a Research Coordinator for the ProFILE lab where she is currently working on a project looking at the feasibility of a solution-focused coaching model to foster healthy lifestyles in children and young people with physical disabilities. She is also involved in a project on the experiences of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and their families, as well as healthcare providers on the topic of health and weight management. Toni has extensive research experience at the Bloorview Research Institute including clinical trials for individuals with autism. She has also worked with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities in both clinical and community settings.

Meaghan Walker

Meaghan completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences and completed her research in the ProFile lab, exploring how children with autism and obesity feel about weight and their bodies to inform weight related healthcare conversations. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, while working in the lab on numerous projects pertaining to weight related conversations and priorities for children with disabilities, their families and health care providers. Meaghan is passionate about including children’s voices in research, specifically research pertaining to their care and treatment within healthcare.

Katie Shum

Katie is a Research Assistant with the ProFILE Lab, where her work supports a feasibility study of solution-focused coaching to foster healthy lifestyles in children and young people with physical disabilities. She takes interest in a wide variety of research and applications of health and wellness across the lifespan.
 
Katie graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and completed a post-graduate certificate program from Humber College in exercise science and lifestyle management. She is also a Registered Kinesiologist in Ontario, with experience primarily supporting individuals, from young adults through seniors, with rehabilitation and chronic disease management.

 

Celeste Lumia

Celeste recently completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Rehabilitation Sciences, completing her research under the supervision of Dr. Amy McPherson in the ProFILE lab. Celeste’s graduate research focused on engaging young people with spina bifida using an arts-based research method to qualitatively explore the meaning of health and wellness to them. Celeste is now a Research Assistant with the ProFILE lab, and is involved in projects surrounding health, wellness, and sexuality.

Students

Victoria Formusa

Bio coming soon!