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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
July 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Present Team Members




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Dr. Pamela J. Bryden Professor After completing her BA from the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Bryden completed both her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Univeristy of Waterloo. Currently she holds tenure as a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and has recently taken the role as the Associate Dean of Student Services. Her program of research is an attempt to understand lateral preference and performance first from a bottom-up perspective to determine the motor requirements for particular tasks, and secondly, from a top-down perspective of how the brain is lateralized for skilled movement. This research to date has attempted to answer why there is a preferred-hand advantage in motor tasks and how this advantage is related to hand preference, in order to understand handedness and manual asymmetries, as well as how the hemispheres are organized for motor control in complex, goal-directed movement.


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Dr. Michael E. Cinelli Professor Graduated with a M.Sc. (Biomechanics) in Kinesiology and a Ph.D. (Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Following the completion of his Ph.D. he went on to complete a two-year CIHR-funded post doctoral fellowship at Brown University, USA. Since 2008 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. His research interests are in understanding how perception guides action during collision avoidance situations over the life span, determining the changes in balance control and visuomotor processing following a concussion, and using novel techniques to improve the dynamic stability of older adults. 

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Amy Hackney PhD Candidate Graduated with a BA (Hon) and a MSc in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. She was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence for her masterís thesis research. Currently, Amy is a 2nd year PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo working with Dr. Jim Frank and Dr. Michael Cinelli. Her research focuses on understanding the rules of obstacle avoidance and the factors that can alter these rules. Specifically, her research examines avoiding collision when passing through small vertical spaces. Her research is currently funded by NSERC. Outside of the lab, Amy works for the Center of Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo as a graduate instructional developer, enjoys running and playing volleyball in her spare time and was a Contract Academic Staff at Wilfrid Laurier University in from Fall 2013- Spring 2014.

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Sara Scharoun PhD Candidate Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance, with a minor in Biology from the University of Louisville. She completed her Master of Science degree at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Pam Bryden. Her Masterís thesis investigated motor control, motor planning and the development of hand preference and performance. Sara is currently in her second year of doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Kinesiology (Neuroscience), working with Dr. Pam Bryden and Dr. Eric Roy. The goal of Saraís doctoral research is to further elucidate how the perceptual motor system plans and executes end-state comfortable movements of the course of development. Sara is interested in the motor skills and functioning of neurotypical individuals and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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Luke Denomme PhD Student Luke graduated with a M.Sc. in Kinesiology & Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. His thesis focus was in the area of sensorimotor control of balance. Following his M.Sc., Luke went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Neuroscience) at the University of Waterloo, where he is currently studying. His research interests involve understanding how the Central Nervous System helps support and maintain balance control in humans.


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Brittany Baxter MSc Student Graduated in 2012 from Laurier with a BSc in Honours Biology and Psychology. Brittany is now in her second year of her MSc (Kinesiology & Physical Education) at Laurier and is supervised by Dr. Michael Cinelli. Her previous research focused on the effects of concussion in regards to static stability and upper-limb coordination. Her current focus is still on a young adult population, while now considering challenges to the dynamic balance system. Specifically, she will be investigating the role of vision and stability during the avoidance of multiple obstacles.


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Carmen Baker MSc Student Graduated with a BSc in Honours Kinesiology from Laurier. Carmen is currently in her second her of her masters working under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cinelli. Her thesis work focuses on how vision guides action, and how this differs between populations. She is currently working with athletes, older adults, and individuals with postconcussion syndrome.


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Steph Ramautar MSc Student Graduated with a BSc in Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University. Currently in her second year of her Master's degree, Steph is working under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cinelli. Her thesis work focuses on cognitive function in concussed varsity athletes, specifically how cognitive function recovers over time following a concussion. She hopes to pursue physical therapy in September 2014.

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Nicole Williams MSc Student Completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology, from the University of Waterloo. Currently in her second year of the Masterís program, Nicole is working with Dr. Pam Bryden. Her research interests are in the continual development of hand preference across the lifespan. Currently, Nicole is examining the development of motor control, and how it may be influenced by the increasing complexity of a task.

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Tanya Karn MSc Student Tanya has just recently completed her Bachelor of Science degree in the Kinesiology and Physical Education program at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a minor in both Biology and Psychology. This fall, she began working with Dr. Michael Cinelli on her MSc in the Kinesiology and Physical Education program at WLU. She will be studying the differences in somatosensory integration during dynamic balance tasks between a control group of young adults and professionally trained dancers. She is interested in this particular clinical population because she has been dancing professionally since she was only 15 years old in a variety of movies, television shows, music videos and live performances. Tanya hopes to continue her research in the future by applying her findings to other clinical populations. 


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Gordon Young MSc Student Gordon completed his BSc at McMaster University in Science Kinesiology. Currently in his first year of the Masterís program, he will be working alongside Dr. Pam Bryden at the LPMB lab, with future research looking at handedness and laterality in healthy adults for his thesis.


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Nicole Reinders MSc Student Completed her Honours BSc in Health Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nicole is currently in her second year of the Masterís program at Laurier, conducting her research under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Bryden and Dr. Paula Fletcher. She will be working with several dance studios in Southwestern Ontario that offer specialized dance programs for children with special needs. The purpose of this research is to explore the social, physical and psychological impact of participating in a recreational dance program, primarily for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 


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Amanda Forsyth MSc Student Amanda recently graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed her undergraduate thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Bryden, looking at gender and fine motor performance in regards to manual laterality. She will be continuing at Laurier in Fall 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Bryden to pursue her Master's degree.

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Russell Kennedy MSc Student Russell graduated with a BSc Kinesiology major with minors in Chemistry and Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. His research interests include obstacle avoidance strategies among different populations and the effects of visual training on balance control. Russell is currently under the direction of Dr. Michael Cinelli in the LPMB lab.