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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Graduate Student Projects

Jessica Wong, BSc, DC, MPH, FCCS(C), PhD (candidate)

Jessica Wong

  • Program of study: PhD Epidemiology
  • Institution: Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Project titleExamining the relationship between mental health symptoms and health care utilization in adults with low back pain
  • Project background: To date, no population-based study has assessed the joint effects of mental health symptoms and low back pain on health-care utilization. This study will assess the joint effects of mental health symptoms and low back pain on health-care utilization in adults with low back pain in Ontario, Canada. This is a population-based cohort study using population health surveys linked with health administrative data.
  • Project objectives: To assess the joint effects of mental health symptoms and low back pain on health-care utilization in adults with low back pain.
  • Committee Members: 
    • Laura Rosella MHSc, PhD (University of Toronto)
    • Andrea Tricco MSc, PhD (University of Toronto)​​
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD(Ontario Tech University)

Heather Shearer, DC, MSc, FCCS(c), PhD (candidate)

Heather Shearer

  • Program of study: PhD, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
  • Institution: University of Toronto
  • Project title: Understanding short-term pain trajectories and how they impact self-reported well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy: A cohort study
  • Project background: In children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP), pain is frequently chronic and a main risk factor for poor well-being. However, we know very little about the evolution of pain in these individuals; ​in particular, we lack knowledge about daily pain fluctuations (short-term pain trajectories) and their impact on well-being. Furthering the understanding of this relationship will improve pain management for children and youth with CP and enhance well-being.
  • Project objectives: In a cohort of individuals with cerebral palsy between the ages of eight and 18 years, attending services at two large pediatric treatment centres in Ontario, we aim to:
    • Identify short-term fluctuations in pain (pain trajectories) over a four-week time period; and
    • Determine whether pain trajectories impact self-reported physical, psychological and social well-being five weeks post-baseline measurement.
  • Funding sources:
    • This project has been made possible by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, with the financial support of Health Canada.​
    • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Internal Research Support Fund (IRSF)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award
  • Committee Members: 
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Darcy Fehlings MD, MSc, FRCPC (University of Toronto - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital)
    • Sheilah Hogg-Johnson MSc, PhD (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
    • Patricia McKeever RN, PhD (Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital)

Astrid DeSouza, BSc, MHSc, PhD(candidate)

Astrid DeSouza

  • Program of study: PhD  - Community, Public and Population Health
  • Institution: Ontario Tech University 
  • Project title: Exploring pain-related and mental health-related disabilities among Indigenous populations.
  • Project background: Statistics Canada states that 63% of individuals who live with a mental health-related disability also have a pain-related disability. Although disability has been studied in Canadian populations, far less research exists regarding the relationship between disability types among Indigenous populations in Canada. This study seeks to understand the factors associated with pain-related and mental health-related disabilities among Indigenous populations in Canada.  
  • Project objectives: To understand the experiences and factors associated with pain-related and mental health-related disabilities among Indigenous Peoples.
  • Supervisor:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
  • Committee Members:
    • Amanda J. Sheppard, MSc, PhD (Indigenous Cancer Care Unit, University of Toronto)
    • Krystle Martin PhD (Ontario Shores)
    • Carol Cancelliere DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
    • Sheilah Hogg-Johnson MMath, PhD (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)

Michael Short, BHSc, MHSc (candidate)

Michael Short

  • Program of study: Master of Health Sciences - Community Health
  • Institution: Ontario Tech University 
  • Project title: The Association Between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Anxiety Among Undergraduate Students in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Education at the Ontario Tech University
  • Project background: This quantitative study approach uses data collected from the Ontario Tech Mental Health and Wellness cross-sectional study collected in Fall 2017. Data regarding aerobic physical activity, events of muscular strengthening, time spent in sedentary behaviour, and student anxiety will be analyzed. The project seeks to identify if associations exist between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and student anxiety.
  • Project objectives: To understand the association between aerobic physical activity, muscular strengthening, sedentary behaviour, and anxiety among undergraduate students who are enrolled in either the Faculty of Health Sciences or Faculty of Education.
  • Funding source: Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Presentations:
    • Futures Forum -  May 2017 at the Ontario Tech University
  • Supervisor:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD(Ontario Tech University)

Aleisha Adeboyejo, HBSc, DC, MHSc (candidate)

Aleisha Adeboyejo

  • Program of study: Master of Health Sciences - Community, Public and Population Health
  • Institution: Ontario Tech University 
  • Project title: The associations between low back pain, fatigue, and physical function in community-dwelling Danish citizens over 75 years of age: A cross-sectional study. The prevalence of mobility-related fatigue in older adults: a systematic review
  • Project background: The global population is ageing and although individuals are living longer, older adults are at increased risk for functional decline. Many factors have been associated with functional decline in older adults, including low back pain (LBP) and fatigue. However, no current studies have investigated the associations between LBP, fatigue, and physical performance in community-dwelling older adults
  • Project objectives: To evaluate if LBP and fatigue are associated with decreased physical performance outcome measures, in a cohort of community-dwelling older adults
  • Collaborators: University of Southern Denmark, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Supervisor:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)

Alexandra Campbell, BA, MHSc (candidate)

  • Program of study: Master of Health Sciences - Community, Public and Population Health
  • Institution: Ontario Tech University 
  • Project title: Examining the relationship between neck and low back pain intensity on anxiety symptoms in University students
  • Project background: There is currently a lack of literature assessing whether the intensity of low back and neck pain is associated with anxiety among young adults. This study will assess low back and neck pain intensity on anxiety in post-secondary students in Ontario, Canada. This is a cross-sectional study using student wellness survey data.
  • Project objectives: To assess the relationship between neck and back pain severity on anxiety in students.
  • Supervisor:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)