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Rehabilitation Research Unit of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Recovery and Performance Laboratory (RaP Lab)
Room 400, L.A. Miller Centre, 100 Forest Rd.
St. John'sNL Canada
A1A 1E5

phone: (709) 777-2082

Our people
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Michelle Ploughman


Dr. Jason McCarthy


Laboratory Manager:
Elizabeth Wallack, MSc. Med. (CH)


Research Assistant:
Marie Curtis, B.A., CSMLS Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant



Katie Wadden, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow
Project- Neuroprotective effects of upper extremity skilled learning in people with multiple sclerosis


Michael King, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow
Project: Using MRI to unpack the effects of aerobic exercise on myelin repair in persons with multiple sclerosis


Arthur R. de A. Chaves
Doctoral Candidate (Neuroscience)
Project: Effects of Exercise on Corticospinal Excitability


Augustine Joshua Devasahayam
Doctoral Candidate (Clinical Epidemiology) and Physiotherapist
Project: A novel exercise initiative to restore walking ability among people with Multiple Sclerosis having higher levels of disability.


Liam Kelly BKin (hon), MSc.
Doctoral Candidate (Clinical Epidemiology) and Exercise Physiologist
Project: The cardio metabolic effects of exercise in stroke and MS


Tanaya Chatterjee
Doctoral Candidate (Psychology) 
Project: The impact of depression on health and lifestyle choices, disability and quality of life among older people with multiple sclerosis


Hailey Wiseman
Masters of Medicine (Neuroscience) candidate
Project: Using measures of brain excitability to map Multiple Sclerosis - related to motor, sensory and cognitive impairment


Jennifer Shears
Masters Student (Neuroscience) candidate and Physiotherapist 
Project: Comparing methods to achieve symmetry of movement during the rehabilitative phase of stroke


Mallory Peacock
Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) candidate and Physiotherapist 
Project: Access to stroke care in the eastern region of Newfoundland & Labrador: How are we doing?


Michael Chislett
Masters of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) candidate
Project: Factors that predict successful prosthetic fitting among people with lower limb amputation

Ryan Pretty:
Masters of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) candidate
Project: Overcoming barriers to participation in research among people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Alice Chen
Undergraduate Student
Project: Impairments in gait initiation among people with stroke and MS compared to elderly and controls

Caitlin Newell
Undergraduate Student
Project: Longitudinal registry of people with MS in NL

Hayley Mercer
Bachelor of Science Hon. (Behavioural Neuroscience)
Project: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as tool to assess and predict disability in Multiple Sclerosis

Rebecca Cole
Bachelor of Science Hon. (Behavioural Neuroscience)
Project: Validation of Metronome Timed Bipedal Hop Test Among People with Mild to Moderate Multiple Sclerosis

Cassie Chisholm
Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) candidate and Physiotherapist 
Project: Triage processes to reduce secondary stroke

Dr. Stephen Czarnuch
Post-doctoral fellow, Medicine/Engineering
Project: Toward automated rehabilitation support and progress assessment for people with MS: Improving recovery, objectivity and safety with technology

Amanda George
Master of Science (Human Kinetics & Recreation)
Project: Effects of a walking program ion perceived health among people with mild dementia

Beraki Abraha
Master of Science in Medicine (Neuroscience)
Project: Effects of aerobic exercise on cortical excitability in a chronic stroke population


Karen Martin
Master of Science (Human Kinetics & Recreation)
Project: Hospital experiences of bariatric patients

Megan Kirkland, BKin Hon.
Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology)
Project: Using metronome-timed bipedal hopping to anticipate anticipatory feed-forward control in people with mild multiple sclerosis compared to controls and elderly subjects


Sarah Critch
Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) and Physiotherapist 
Project: Impact of a community-based physical activity program on health and participation among children who are pre-diabetic.


Sevan Amirkhanian
Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) 
Project: The impact of resilience on participation and quality of life among older people with multiple sclerosis

Matthew Downer
Bachelor of Science Hon. (Behavioural Neuroscience)
Project: Can prolonged exercise increase corticospinal excitability in chronic stroke survivors?


Jaclyn Hynes, Caitlyn Connolly, Ashley Button and Chantel O’Keefe
Honours Group (Human Kinetics and Recreation)
Project: Factors influencing the loss of walking ability in multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study
Evan Lockyer, Natasha Buckle, Courtney Pollock, Brett Holloway
Honours Group (Kinesiology)
Project: Detecting motor impairments during a jumping task among people with mild MS

Mark Gill (Director of Human Resources Central Health NL), Heather Sullivan (Physiotherapist), Dr. Melissa Bossé (Physiatrist Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Centre New Brunswick), Mark Austin (Physiotherapist), Chelsea Harris (Medical student), Stephen Hogan (Physiotherapist), Olivia Manning (Physiotherapist), Olivia Drodge (Physiotherapist), Michael Monks (Physiotherapy student), Anthony Parrell (Medical student), Katie Collins (Medical student), Dr. Jessica Dawe (Neurology resident), Samantha Rancourt (Physiotherapy student), Mahmud Hasan (Medical student), Maria Gehue (Physiotherapy student), John Charles Snow (Masters student), Matthew Barrett (Masters student) 

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