Alicia Capobianco

Hons. B.Sc. Kinesiology, Registered Kinesiologist

 

Alicia Capobianco is a Registered Kinesiologist with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a specialization in Neurobehavioural Assessments. She has been working in the area of Neurorehabilitation since 2008 with both research and clinical experience. During her continued work with the University of Waterloo, Ms. Capobianco performs cognitive and functional assessments on students with concussions or individuals suffering from cognitive impairments due to mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries for both research and rehabilitation purposes. Ms. Capobianco has extensive rehabilitation experience in providing services to various populations including individuals with cognitive, functional and behavioural impairments, chronic pain, complex orthopedic and soft tissue injuries. She has completed Level One and Level Two of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation certification offered by Brock University and the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) in the area of Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery and Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Assessments: Beyond Testing. Ms. Capobianco has also received training and certification to perform Functional Abilities Evaluations, Range of Motion Assessments and Physical Demands Analysis through Metriks Education Inc. Ms. Capobianco has been working as a Rehabilitation Specialist providing social and vocational rehabilitation, psychometric testing, as well as Case Management since September 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dave Gonzalez

PhD Neuroscience, Registered Kinesiologist

 

Dr. Gonzalez attained his doctorate degree from McMaster University in 2011 and has been leading the concussion safety program at the University of Waterloo alongside Dr. Eric Roy for the past few years. Dr. Gonzalez is an expert in assessing motor and cognitive function of individuals. His research has focused on using readily available technology to collect sensitive metrics of abilities as it pertains to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and concussions. His passion is to fuse his software development skills with his knowledge of human movement and cognition. Dr. Gonzalez now leads a multi-disciplinary team and the R&D department at Key Rehab in order to bring some of the knowledge used in research back to society.

 

Key Publications and references:
1.    McArthur, C., Gonzalez, D.A., Roy, E.A., & Giangregorio, L. (Accepted). What are the circumstances of fall and fracture in long-term care? Canadian Journal on Aging. 
2.    Tapper, A., Gonzalez, D.A., Roy, E.A., & Niechwiej-Swedo, E. (Accepted). Executive function deficits in team sport athletes with a history of concussion revealed by a visual-auditory dual task paradigm. Journal of Sports Sciences. 
3.    Tung, J.Y., Lulic, T., Gonzalez, D.A., Tran, J., Dickerson, C., & Roy, E.A. (2015). Evaluation of a portable markerless finger position capture device: Accuracy of the Leap Motion controller in healthy adults. Physiological Measurement, 36, 1025-1035.
4.    Kim, J.J., Gonzalez, D.A., Mintz, A., Roy, E.A., & Tung, J.Y. (2015). Motor Control Assessment using Leap Motion: Filtering Methods and Performance in Indoor and Outdoor Environments. IFMBE Proceedings, Springer, 2015.
5.    Gonzalez, D.A., Burns, R.W., Ibey, R.J., Tapper, A., Tung, J.Y., & Roy, E.A. (May 2016). Multi-disciplinary approach to concussion diagnosis and recovery. CATA, Vancouver, BC. Journal of Athletic Training and Sport Health Care.
6.    Tapper, A., Niechwiej-Szwedo, E. Gonzalez, D.A., & Roy, E.A. (May 2015). Working Memory Deficits in Dynamic Sport Athletes with a History of Concussion Revealed by A Visual-Auditory Dual-Task Paradigm. VSS, St. Pete Beach, FL.

 

Key Grants:
Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative 03/2015-04/2016    COMPuterized Sideline Screening (COMPaSS) of neuromotor performance to prevent Chronic Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Role: Co-Investigator (P.I. E. Roy)

Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative 02/2014-03/2015    Development of sensitive measures for mild traumatic brain injury sequelae and recovery to identify those at elevated risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Role: Co-Investigator (P.I. K. Dalton)

Jean Taylor

 

Jean Taylor is a Registered Kinesiologist with her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and has been working in the field of Acquired Brain Injury for over twenty years using her skills as a Case Manager and a leader in developing ABI Services in Ontario.  Founding her own firm Key Rehab Services Inc. in 2006 Jean Taylor works as a Case Manager for catastrophically injured clients as well as consulting as the ABI Clinical Consultant to Traverse Independence Not for Profit.  Jean Taylor has taken a leadership role in developing Transitional Living options for brain injury survivors.

 

Taking an evidence based approach Jean Taylor, working with University of Waterloo, Key Rehab Services Inc, Traverse Independence and NSERC, is a leader in assessment of community interventions including ABI supported community living having completed the data collection for a methodology study of over 200 ABI clients.  This study is in the process of being published.  Jean Taylor is beginning the program evaluation phase for a second study referencing the methodology of the first study.

 

Bringing the rehabilitation community into communication with direct providers and the survivors of brain injury she is currently forging partnerships to investigate the relationship of brain injury to functional implications and outcome measures. As a Registered Kinesiologist Jean Taylor brings together teams of individuals on initiatives, projects and on individual cases to make a difference for survivors, their caregivers and the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Eric Roy 

 

Dr. Roy  is a Psychologist licensed through the Ontario College of Psychologists since 1977.  Dr. Roy has a practice in clinical neuropsychology and is a consultant to a number of agencies. His assessments have been 1) in the form of Independent Medical Examinations, 2) as part of medical-legal proceedings for clients seeking compensation for injuries incurred in motor vehicle accidents and in industrial accidents as part of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board assessments and 3) as a consultant to the Ontario Hockey (Major Junior A) League in the use of neuropsychological assessments as part of return to play guidelines for players who have suffered a concussion.On several occasions he has been accepted as an expert witness in the Ontario Provincial Court and presented evidence on behalf of his clients.  

 

Areas of Teaching Expertise

1. Cognitive and motor deficits associated with neurological disorders
2. Mechanisms in motor control and learning
3. Psychological and neuropsychological assessment
4. Research design and statistical analysis

 

Areas of Clinical Expertise

1. Neuropsychological assessment

  • Cognitive and motor deficits associated with neurological disorders
  • Aging and cognitive and motor function
  • Medical-legal assessments and expert witness testimony in civil and criminal litigation
  • Assessment of concussion in sport

2. Developing cognitive remediation programs for persons with neuropsychological deficits

 

Current Research Interests

Manual and cerebral asymmetries in sensorimotor performance; apraxia and movement sequencing deficits in stroke and degenerative neurological disorders; context dependent control mechanisms in manual sequencing; sensory-motor integration in visually directed reaching; performance basis of handedness; hemi-spatial disorders of attention; development and aging
and cognitive-motor function. A more applied aspect of research builds upon his expertise as a clinical neuropsychologist and involves studying the effects of concussion and traumatic brain injury. One focus is on concussion in hockey. Dr. Roy acts as a consultant to several teams in the Ontario Hockey (Major Junior A) League in the use of neuropsychological assessments as part of return to play guidelines for players who have suffered a concussion. He is an advisor to a committee of the Ontario Brain Injury Association on concussion in hockey. He is also a co-investigator on a national study of concussion in hockey which is aimed at examining the incidence of concussion, establishing return to play guidelines and developing educational materials on concussion for coaches and players and their families.

 

    
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