Current Activities

Current Research, Papers, Presentations, Committee Work & Volunteer Activities

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc. has been involved in many scholarly activities throughout the years including literature reviews, abstract and paper presentations, and guest lecturers at the University of Toronto.

Marla Feldman:

  • Appointed member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation(ONF) Review Committee- “Guidelines for Concussion/Mild TBI and Persistent Symptoms” 2016- present.
  • Appointed member of the ONF, Implementation Advisory Committee “The Development and Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate-Severe TBI.”
  • Authored submission of the OASW to (ONF) regarding social work role and offered recommendations to further address the rehabilitation guidelines of adults in the mTBI/concussion practice guidelines.
  • Appointed member of the “Financial Services Commission on Ontario, Health Care Advisory Committee”.
  • Invited participant- review of “Draft Common Traffic Injury Guideline”- FSCO.
  • Advocated for the right of social workers to certify treatment plans and response to regulatory changes to the SABs to Ontario Ministers’ political staff, and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario on behalf of the OASW.
  • Chair of the Best Practice working group, Ontario Association of Social Worker’s (OASW), that “Developed Guidelines for Social Workers Who Complete Independent Insurance Examinations Under The SAB’s. “
  • Chair of the Best Practice working group, Ontario Association of Social Worker’s (OASW), to establish “Best Practice Guidelines for Social Workers Assessing and Treating Clients and Families under the SAB’s.”
  • Ontario Association of Social Worker’s (OASW) social work chair for its’ members who work under the Insurance Act – SABS.
  • Representative of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) with the Coalition of Regulated Health Professionals and Allied Organizations, to advocate for the access to goods and services for clients and the ability of health care professions to meet these needs, as well as to collaboratively respond to regulatory changes under the Insurance Act- SAB’s.
  • Chair of the Metro Toronto Social Work Network. This is a virtual information and support group for social workers from the public and private sector who provide services to children and adults with neurological impairments, and acquired brain injuries from traumatic brain injuries as well as conditions such as stroke.

Elyse Shumway:

  • Presented a paper at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
    • An Introduction to Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia: Methods and Applications to Patient Education and Health Literacy Shumway, E., Low, Catherine, Kagan, A., Cohen-Schneider, R.
  • Was an author on two new publications at the Aphasia Institute, Toronto:
    • Talking to Your Doctor: Therapy Kit, 2017
    • Talking to Your Speech-Language Pathologist, 2016.
  • Co-lead, Community of Practice in Communicative and Aphasia, Senior’s Health Research Transfer Network (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), 2007 to present.
  • Seminar Leader and Status Appointment, University of Toronto, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, 2009 to present.
  • On the roster of Communication Intermediaries, Speech- Language Pathologists training to assist clients communicating in the justice system, with Communication Disabilities Access Canada.
  • Serves on the Quality, Research, and Ethics Board Committee at the Aphasia Institute.
  • Is the co-leader for the Community of Practice in Communicative Access and Aphasia, through the Seniors’ Health Knowledge Exchange.

Mira Etlin-Stein:

  • Academic appointment with the University of Toronto: Status of Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Sciences & Occupational Therapy.
  • Clinical Fieldwork Preceptor, supervising a total of three University of Toronto Masters of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy students in creative role emerging fieldwork placements.
  • Frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto in the Master’s of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Program. Presented multiple times regarding issues around careers in role emerging occupational therapy as well as creative and flexible program planning.

Jennifer Hicks:

  • Clinical Educator and Lecturer (status-only appointment) in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.
  • Volunteer undergraduate student supervisor for University of Toronto course: Research and Service Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Communication Intermediary with Communication Disabilities Access Canada – assist clients communicating within the justice system.

Rachel Morrison:

  • Guest speaker at the University of Toronto Master’s of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Program.
  • Research therapist for Age-Well study with older adults experiencing subjective cognitive complaints and problems with everyday life activities in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto.
  • Co-founder and Director of Development for the Morrison Preparatory School for children with disabilities in Opapo, Kenya

Community Service

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc. is a sponsor of:

  • The Parkinson’s for Porridge Fundraiser
  • The Run for the Cure
  • The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • The STOP Community Food Centre
  • The Equality Effect

Rachel Morrison is a sponsor of:

  • Colon Cancer Canada
  • The Morrison Preparatory School, Opapo Kenya
  • P.E.E.R.S Refugee sponsorship group

Jennifer Hicks is a volunteer with:

  • Fundraising for Save Me Dog Rescue & Sheena's Place
  • Volunteer: VocaIiD voice bank contributor

Laura Shamis is a volunteer with:

  • York Region Board of Education: provide individualized support for elementary aged students in reading, literacy and communication skills through the Reading Recovery Programme and the Library programme