This collection contains theses and dissertations from the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, collected from the Scholarship@Western Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Investigating Nonverbal Strategies to Support Communication with Persons Living with Dementia, Emma Bender

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Caregiver Experience with The Applied Coaching Model on Supporting Adherence to Home Exercise Programs for Children with Developmental Delays: A Mixed Methods Research Study, Mackenzie Cheng

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Reframing Childhood Disability: Pushing Boundaries in the Rehabilitation Sciences, Emily J. Cox

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Exploring the Impact of Context on Spread of Integrated Team-Based Methods for Chronic Disease Management, Madelyn daSilva

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Development of Psychoacoustic Screening Tests for Hearing Assessments, Minh Vu Duong

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The Genetics of Pain: An exploration of gene-by-environment interactions and their effects on pain, Mohamad F. Fakhereddin

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Piloting a study to examine children’s understandings of chronic pain and coping, Kristina P. Ferreira

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Stability and early detection of osteoarthritis (OA) following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and reconstruction with or without a lateral extraarticular tenodesis (LET), Andrew D. Firth

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Approaches to examining the role of auditory evoked potentials in early language development, Alyssa Janes

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Advancing Type 2 Diabetes as a Condition for Primary Referral to Physiotherapy in Canada, Sarah M. Janssen

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A Critical Exploration of Nursing Leaders Storied Experiences of Phronesis within the COVID-19 Pandemic, Karen M. Jenkins

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Searching for the 'Good' in Physiotherapist Practice: Toward an Ethic of Care, Michelle J. Kleiner

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Navigating, Negotiating, and Narrating: Re-Envisioning Patient-Centered Chronic Illness Care, Wilma J. Koopman

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Prenatal Care Providers’ Experience With Pre-test Counselling for NIPT in Ontario: Counselling Challenges and Support Required, Leichelle A. Little

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Language-based Strategies That Support Person-centered Communication In Formal Home Care Interactions With Persons Living With Dementia, Reanne G. Mundadan

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Exploring the Inter-relationship Between Cognitive and Motor Function in People with Lower Limb Amputations, Humberto Adolfo Omaña Moreno

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Internet and Smartphone Use, Internet-Related Risks, and Satisfaction with Life Among University Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study, Maram Omar

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Synovial Pathophysiology and Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis, Holly T. Philpott

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The Role of Leisure in Older Adults Moving Homes, Kristin Prentice

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Lived Experience of Having Difficult Conversations Among Care Partners of Individuals with Parkinson's: An Occupational Science Perspective, Helen A. Reid

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User Preferences for Hearing Aid Features: Outcomes, Concepts, and Test Construction, Hasan Saleh

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The Natural History of Modic Changes - a 5- and 15-year Follow-up Study, Parnian Saremi

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A comparison of voice amplifiers and personal communication systems in individuals with hypophonia: An exploration of communicative participation, Jessi-Rae A. Schroeder

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The Coping Strategies of Older Adults with Age Related Vision Loss (ARVL) – A Narrative Account, Zakara J. Stampp

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Regret, Relationships, and Reproductive Autonomy- A Critical Narrative Analysis of Requesting and Receiving Tubal Ligation in Canada, Anna Sui

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Perception and Attitudes of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease towards using Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Anupradi Sultania

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The Investigation of Prosthetic Rehabilitation Outcomes Following a Lower Limb Amputation in the Oldest Old, Ashvene Sureshkumar

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Pathoanatomical contributors to lumbar spinal stenosis, Sujanasri Tirunagari

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Validity of Quality of Life Measurement in Economic Evaluations in Total Joint Replacement: Agreement between Western Ontario and McMasters' Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) and the EuroQOL 5D (EQ-5D) Utility scores, Sanju Valamparampil

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Practice-Based Research in Speech-Language Pathology, Meghan Vollebregt

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Head’s Up! Examining the Relationship between Field of View and Head Position in Ice Hockey Players, Kristine E. Walker

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Describing Healthcare Concerns of Young People and Adults with Cerebral Palsy, Christina M. Winger

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Emerging Adult Perspectives on Marijuana Usage and Social Isolation During COVID-19, Avery Kiana Wong

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Better Solutions: A Comparative Analysis of Long-Term Care Home Policies in Canada, China and Japan, Chaoran Wu

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Non-pharmacological management of community dwelling individuals with osteoporosis or at risk of developing osteoporosis, Christina Ziebart

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Executive Functioning Deficits Following Acquired Right Hemisphere Brain Damage: A Systematic Review, Ghalia Albakri

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Speech-Language Pathology Interventions and Ingredients that Support Social Communication and Language of Preschoolers with Autism, Amanda Binns

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The Socio-Political Shaping And Lived Consequences Of Involuntary Retirement For Women With MS, Kristen A. Bishop

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The Development, Short-Term Efficacy, and Pilot Implementation of an e-Learning Course in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour for Pre-Service Early Childhood Educators, Brianne Bruijns

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Typical and Atypical Development of Compensation to Altered Auditory Feedback, Caitlin E. Coughler

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Modelling loudness: Acoustic and perceptual correlates in the context of hypophonia in Parkinson’s disease, Daryn Amory Cushnie-Sparrow

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Exploring the Role(s) of Trait Emotional Intelligence & Personality in Help-Seeking Behaviour Among Undergraduate Students, Nikola Cuvalo

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Developing a Spoken Language Outcome Monitoring Procedure for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs, Olivia Daub

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Collaborative Coaching in Pediatric Rehabilitation: An Effectiveness-Implementation Study of the Applied Coaching Model, Zoe Daviault

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Impacts of COVID-19 Related Changes in Income on Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence at Home, Cara Davidson

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Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: Evaluating Postoperative Rehabilitation Progress and Return to Sport Readiness, Trevor A. Day

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The Influence of Patient Perceptions on the Decision to Undergo Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Alaa El Chamaa

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Therapist Perception Of The Clarity And Implementability Of Relevant Recommendations From American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeon’s Distal Radius Fracture Clinical Practice Guidelines, Saravanan Esakki

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An Epidemic Amidst a Pandemic: A Critical Policy Analysis of Supervised Consumption Sites, Vanisa Ezukuse

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Exploring the Perspectives of Older Adults and Health Care Providers on Patient Participation in Transitional Care from Hospital to Cardiac Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cecilia Flores Sandoval

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Nature, Nurture, or Both? Study of sex and gender and their effects on pain, Maryam Ghodrati

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Peer Mentorship in an Undergraduate Health Professional Education Program: An Embodied Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study, Helen F. Harrison

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Social Media Use, Social Connectedness, and Physical Distancing Among University Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Olivia Holmes

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The role and importance of social support during recovery following distal radius fracture, Ogheneruona MI Idoghor Ikpen

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The Cost-Effectiveness of a Midvastus Versus Standard Medial Parapatellar Surgical Approach for Total Knee Arthroplasty, Ishita Joshi

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Occupational Engagement of Older Adults with Age-Related Vision Loss (ARVL): Understanding the Influences of Social Networks, Ji Won Kang

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Falls Screening in Community- Dwelling Older Adults, Hadi Kooshiar

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Descriptive Analysis of Fall-Related Injuries Among Older Adults in Ontario, Nicolette Lappan

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Troubling Service User Involvement in Health Professional Education: Toward Epistemic Justice, Stephanie LeBlanc-Omstead

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A Transformative Journey: The Lived Experience of Healthcare Learners Participating in Pain Management Education, Zoe A. Leyland

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Creation of a Virtual Interface for Stress-Trauma Investigations through Open World Navigation: An Exploration of Tolerability and Physiological Reactions, Michael J. Lukacs

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Examination of Principles of Palliative Care to Bolster the Focus on Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship, Chelsea A. MacDonald

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"It's certainly someone's job": The roles of health care providers in homelessness prevention, Kayla May

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“I am the expert” : The Process of Adolescent Transition in the Self-Management of Hearing Healthcare. A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study, Christine N. Meston

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Chronic Pain Following Musculoskeletal Injuries: Where Do Familial Factors, Depression, and Distress Fit in?, Shirin Modarresi

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“I can’t be the nurse I want to be”: Stories of moral distress in pediatric oncology nurses’ caregiving narratives, Monica L. Molinaro

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Health Care Initiative to Evaluate the Impact of a Nurse Practitioner Led Community Wound Care Service on Emergency Department Utilization, Sherry Morrell

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Exploring the Burden Experiences of Care Partners for People with Parkinson's Disease Living in Southwestern Ontario, Lisa A. Moszczynski

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Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) Enactment of Dysphagia Education and Counselling in TBI Inpatient Rehabilitation., Stephanie Muir-Derbyshire

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Predicting Dissatisfaction with Total Knee Arthroplasty, Joseph S. Munn

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The Experiences of Iraqi Refugees in Canada: A Life History Study of War and Resilience in the Aftermath of Migration, Nada Nessan

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The Role Of Working Memory And Linguistic Knowledge On Language Performance, Theresa Ai Vy Pham

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The Psychosocial and Physical effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Karen M. Pratt

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The Role of Community Paramedicine Programming in Providing Lift Assists in Southwestern Ontario, Andrew Rosa

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An Exploration of Trauma-and-Violence Informed Care for Supporting Breastfeeding Practices Among Mothers who are At-Risk: The Experiences of Breastfeeding Social Support, Emila Siwik

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The Relation of Auditory Temporal Processing to Language Development and Other Cognitive Processes: Methodological and Conceptual Considerations, Rachael E. Smyth

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Health Concerns of Adolescents and Adults with Spina Bifida, Jessica A. Starowicz

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Investigating Physiological Determinants of Mental Health in Children with Cerebral Palsy, Daniela A. Testani

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Community Health Workers and Trainers Perspectives on Education and Practice: A Qualitative Case Study in the Context of Maternal and Child Health in Rwanda, Damilola Toki

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The similarities and differences between distortion-product otoacoustic emission testing instruments and accuracy settings, Maximilian Tran-Luong

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Objective Measurement Optimization in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Matthew J. B. Urichuk

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Gender-Based Violence among Women and Girls with Disabilities in Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Scoping Review of the Literature, Aimée Josephine Utuza

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Older Adult Care Transition Experience Following Inpatient Rehabilitation, Patricia Versteegh

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Exploring Interprofessional Collaboration for the Management of Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies in Selected District Hospitals in Rwanda, Assumpta Yamuragiye

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Exploring the Mental Health Experiences of African, Caribbean, and Black Youth in London, Ontario, Lily Yosieph

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Cardiovascular Effects Of Exercise And Use Of Abdominal Binder In Patients Of Parkinson’s Disease With Orthostatic Hypotension, Faizan Ahmed

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Therapeutic Interventions for Managing Diabetic Shoulder, Sanaa A. Alsubheen

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Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Knee Articular Cartilage and Effusion-Synovitis: The Structural Response to Changes in Joint Loading, Hayden F. Atkinson

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Joint Protection Programs for People with Hand Arthritis, Pavlos Bobos

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An Exploration of Facial Skin Scarring, Its Impact and Contemporary Evaluation, Michael G. Brandt

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Comparison of Ontario’s Home Care Policies with the Perspectives of Personal Support Workers in the Provision of Quality Dementia Home Care, Rachel Breen

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Navigating the “Blind World”: The Psychosocial and Occupational Experiences of Parents of Adolescents with Visual Impairments, Peiwen Cao

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Investigating Elementary School Food Programs: Impacts on Child Knowledge and Dietary Behaviours, Paige Colley

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Exploring the Effects of the Cycling Without Age Program on Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care, Victoria Cotnam

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Examining Brain Connectivity and Reading Ability in Children, Alexandra M. Cross

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Issues Related To Framing And Interpretation Of Studies In The Orthopaedic Literature, Shgufta Docter

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Auditory- Perceptual and Pupillometric Evaluations of Dysphonic Voices, Mojgan Farahani

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Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes: Older Adult Perspectives, User Characteristics and Motivations for Use, Lean Fiedeldey

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Assessment of Landing Biomechanics and Rehabilitation after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Sheila S. Gagnon

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Health-Seeking Behaviour Related to Selected Dimensions of Wellness in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Navjot Gill