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2023 Summer Research Student with Lived Experience 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-23-00001  
Open Date 12/12/2022  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 1.0 

Posting Close Date 02/01/2023 


Bloorview Research Institute Summer Student With Lived Experience Opportunity



The Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) established the summer student work placement opportunity for students with disabilities to enhance the inclusion of young people with disabilities in pediatric rehabilitation research. This work placement will expose young people with disabilities to the field of research and pediatric rehabilitation and provide them with the opportunity to experience a unique mentorship experience. Through this position, successful applicant(s) will work with their mentor on a research project and partake in the Ward Summer Research Student Program, in which they will attend informative Lunch ‘n’ Learns and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their findings to the organization and its visitors.

Supervisors available to accept a student for this position in the 2023 summer term include:


Dr. Azadeh Kushki (Autism Research Centre)

Dr. Kushki develops novel pattern recognition and machine learning techniques for analysis of biological and behavioural data in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and designs technologies that improve the quality of life and care for children with ASD. 


Dr. Darcy Fehlings (CP Lab)

Dr. Fehlings innovates and evaluates neurorehabilitation treatments for children and youth with cerebral palsy. She is also leads the Cerebral Palsy Discovery Lab.


Dr. Danielle Baribeau

Dr. Danielle Baribeau is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a clinical focus in autism, neurogenetic disorders, and psychopharmacology. As a clinician scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute, she leads a research program focused on clinically translating genetic advances into improved mental health care in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.


Dr. Elaine Biddiss (PEARL Lab)

Dr. Biddiss designs innovative technologies that create possibilities for young people with disabilities to participate more enjoyably and effectively in arts, music, physical activities and therapies.


Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou (Autism Research Centre)

Dr. Anagnostou’s research focuses on improving outcomes and quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She is the co-lead of the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital with Dr. Jessica Brian.


Dr. Sally Lindsay (TRAIL Lab)

Dr. Sally Lindsay is a Senior Scientist within the Bloorview Research Institute and leads the TRAIL (Transitions and Inclusive Environment) lab. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focuses on transitions to adulthood and participation and inclusion and lived experiences of youth and young adults with disabilities. The summer student will be involved in ongoing projects within the TRAIL lab including: (1) Enhancing healthy and productive work for youth with disabilities;  (2) ableism and discrimination among youth with disabilities; (3) accessible housing for people with disabilities. The student will assist with recruitment, data collection, data entry, analysis and knowledge translation.


Dr. Shannon Scratch (NOvEL Lab)

Dr. Shannon Scratch is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinician Scientist leading the NOvEL (Neurorehab Outcomes via Education and Learning) Lab focusing on Acquired Brain Injury.


Dr. Tim Ross (EPIC Lab)

Dr. Ross explores experiences of disability and ways to advance more accessible, inclusive, and diverse communities. This research is focused on four topics: (1) education access, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) inclusive play, and (4) institutional ableism.



This BRI summer student opportunity in pediatric rehabilitation research will be awarded to 1-2 students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have lived experience with physical, cognitive, developmental, neurodevelopmental disorder or disability, or brain injury
  • Currently enrolled in a full or part-time undergraduate or college program with a minimum cumulative average of 75% over the last two years
  • Pursuing any field of study that has potential to bring value to research in pediatric rehabilitation. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to a particular discipline. Examples include: engineering, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, social work, psychology, sociology, health sciences, nursing, pediatrics, health policy, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with one of the supervisors available to accept students, listed above
  • Candidates must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status (and be eligible to work in Canada)


Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 1, 2023 – July 21, 2023. Students will be paid $15.50 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll. Part-time employment will be considered if requested by the candidate.

Applicants will be supervised by one or more scientists at Bloorview Research Institute (depending on the availability of scientists).



Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Academic achievements (transcripts and resume)
  • Letter of recommendation (i.e., academic reference)
  • 200-word description outlining career interests and goals

Finalists will be interviewed by an appointments committee (in person/by phone/video conference). Applicants are responsible for ensuring all documentation (including transcripts and reference letters) is received by February 1, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is recommended that applicants arrange for their reference letter well in advance of this deadline.



Recipients of the award will be asked to participate in promotional activities upon receipt of the scholarship (including publishing their name, picture and career goals).


How to apply

Candidates should submit their application through Holland Bloorview's Current Openings website to the relevant job posting. Complete applications will include the following:

  • cover letter indicating the order of preference for scientist(s) whose research you are interested in, and evidence of motivation to pursue a career in pediatric rehabilitation research (200-word description outlining their career interests and goals)
  • most recent unofficial academic transcript
  • resume
  • one letter of recommendation *Please ask the person providing your reference to email the letter to: The subject line should contain your first and last name.

If you require any assistance, please contact:

About the Organization Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth with disabilities, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in three successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People and Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we support an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. We welcome applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas within our community. Holland Bloorview is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.

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