Former Trainees

After completing her training Nicole took a position as Practice Lead, Neuroservice, Vancouver General Hospital

Matt is a kinesiologist and a physical therapist. His MSc focused on the impact of muscle fatigue and sensory supplementation on proprioception and postural control. During his PhD, he investigated the central mechanisms underlying age-related decline in proprioception on the Techniques for Biomedical Engineering and Complexity Management – Informatics, Mathematics and Applications Grenoble (TIMC – IMAG) team that is embedded in the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Universite Grenoble – Alpes. As a postdoc at KU Leuven (Belgium) and UBC, he explores the brain predictors of postural instability/falls, action selection, and bimanual coordination.

Twitter: @MattBoisgontier


Upon completion of his training Michael took up the position of Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University

After leaving the lab Sonia took a position as Research Assistant, UBC Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Kate Brown completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She went on to complete a Master of Science in the Faculty of Medicine in Rehabilitation Science at the University of British Columbia. With the supervision of Lara Boyd in the Brain Behaviour Lab, she studied the role of the prefrontal and somatosensory cortices in attentional effects on sensory processing. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Specifically, she is studying the role of sensorimotor integration in motor learning.

Upon leaving the lab Katherine entered the Masters of Physical Therapy clinical program at UBC

Upon leaving the lab Liz began her graduate training as a MSc/PhD Student in the  Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program, UBC

Upon leaving the lab Jodi took up a position as Post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Sandra Black’s lab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences

Bea is a MSc Candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences program under the supervision of Dr. Lara Boyd in the Brain Behaviour Lab. Bea completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Her current research examines the influence of aerobic exercise on neurophysiology and motor learning in healthy older adults. This work is geared towards informing future research evaluating exercise prescription in persons with chronic stroke. Outside of the lab, Bea enjoys being active outdoors, playing sports, and travelling.

Kate Hayward completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at James Cook University (Australia) and her PhD at The University of Queensland (Australia). Kate’s graduate work built upon her clinical experience and focused on people with severe upper limb paresis after stroke. Here, she evaluated the use of novel training interventions (e.g., SMART Arm, outcome-triggered electrical stimulation), along with identifying clinical factors associated with functional recovery. To extend on her graduate work in people with severe paresis, Kate joined the Brain Behaviour Lab at UBC to use multimodal neuroimaging to explore the dynamic capacity of the severely damaged brain and identify possible brain-derived factors associated with functional recovery. Her postdoctoral work aims to unpack ‘who recovers’, ‘who does not recover’, and ‘why’ when severe upper limb paresis is present after stroke. The outcomes of her research will be used to inform the development of novel training interventions to promote optimal upper limb recovery after severe stroke.

Jacob Jackson completed his BSc in Physics at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate research utilized cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques to investigate the ability of the brain to experience structural changes in response to learning novel motor movements. Expanding upon his undergraduate work, Jacob is currently using a semi-immersive virtual reality environment as a means of neurorehabilitation for individuals with stroke. Jacob is most interested in understanding the mechanisms of neuroplasticity and employing neuroimaging to quantify structural and functional changes.


Upon leaving the lab Paul took a position as Research Assistant, Department of Audiology, UBC

Bimal Lakhani completed his BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Toronto in the Department of Rehabilitation Science. His graduate work investigated the central nervous system mechanisms involved in the generation of rapid corrective balance recovery movements, which are typically impaired following stroke. Despite the increased likelihood of survival following stroke, the functional deficits suffered by stroke survivors are numerous. In the Brain Behaviour Lab at UBC, Bimal is interested in utilizing novel imaging techniques in order to investigate the mechanisms associated with learning-dependent changes of white matter in the stroke affected central nervous system. Bimal’s research interests are focused on improving the overall quality of life of stroke survivors by understanding the specific mechanisms that result in mobility and motor control limitations and by developing novel rehabilitation strategies that target those limitations.

After graduation Meghan took up a position as a Research Assistant

Upon completion of his training Sean took up a position as Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University

Jason Neva completed his BSc and MSc in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University and his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. His MSc focused on aspects of behavioural motor learning and his PhD investigated how brain activity is modulated due to two-handed (bimanual) motor training and brain stimulation using TMS. In the Brain Behaviour Lab at UBC, Jason uses multiple neuroimaging techniques to understand the underlying neural mechanisms that are modulated due to skilled motor behaviour, brain injury (e.g. stroke) and other neurological disorders. Jason has two related overall research interests: (1) to understand how skilled motor learning, multisensory integration and non-invasive cortical stimulation effect neuroplasticity in the central nervous system and (2) how this understanding of neuroplasticity can positively alter brain activity and motor function following stroke and other neurological disorders.

Sue Peters obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Working as a Kinesiologist, Sue was interested in understanding normal human movement and how therapeutic exercise could facilitate recovery after an injury. To improve her understanding of motor performance and injury recovery, Sue returned to university to complete a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. While working clinically as a Physiotherapist, Sue worked with people with a variety of neurological injuries, such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. She became curious with how the brain functions especially after injury. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Sue’s research aims to better understand the role of motor planning and how it contributes to motor performance after a stroke.

Upon leaving the lab Bubble began her Post-doctoral training at Simon Fraser University

Julia Schmidt is interested in understanding how changes in the brain impact a person’s function and everyday life. Specifically, she has two key interests: 1) how mild traumatic brain injury (i.e., concussion) affects brain connectivity and cognitive ability; and 2) how cognitive impairment after stroke affects motor learning and skill acquisition. Julia received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from The University of Alberta. She has over ten years of clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation, during which she identified critical gaps in the evidence, which together inform her research questions. Julia completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia with studies including a randomised controlled trial and systematic review with meta-analysis. When Julia is not researching, she is running or biking or playing outside, preferably with her husband and two boys.


Upon graduation Catherine took a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at University of Kansas Medical Center

After graduation Eric began Post-doctoral training at the University of Kansas medical Center

Katie Wadden completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she began her research career studying the effect of acute hypoxia on muscle contracile properties. Katie continued research in the field of exercise physiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. Her research interest was directed towards the role of the stretch shortening cycling (SSC) during slow and rapid SSC movements. She studied neuromuscular responses via electromyography (EMG) following different forms of SSC training. Currently Katie is pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. The aim of her research is to determine the role working memory plays in implicit motor learning. Her research will focus on studying the healthy brain through the use of TMS and brain imaging techniques during motor learning paradigms to further understand the role memory plays during the acquisition of motor skills.

After graduation Jeanie took up a position as a Research Assistant

After completion of her degree, Jill took up a Post-doctoral fellowship at BC Children’s then returned to UBC as Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy