Past Activities

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

Research

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc.

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc. was one of the only private rehabilitation providers to maintain a direct link with a research institute, the Kunin- Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit at Baycrest Hospital.

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc. Collaborated with University of Toronto and KLARU research scientist Dr. Deirdre Dawson on two studies:

  • A joint research project with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto and the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest Hospital. The goal of the project was to empirically validate NRC Feldman and Associate’s Inc. ”Return to Work Model for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury” (FABI-RTW+). This study was completed with Marian Bassilious-Samy (Occupational Therapy student), Marla Feldman MSW, RSW, Elyse Shumway M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, & Deirdre Dawson PhD, OT(C).
  • Development of a therapeutic web based spousal support group for those whose partner had sustained a TBI.

Jennifer Hicks:

  • University of Toronto Pilot Study – ‘Use of the Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Adults (VMPAA)’ – multi-site study leading to an examination of the effects of PROMPT therapy for Adults with Apraxia of Speech.

Rachel Morrison:

  • Research therapist for stroke tele-rehab study at the Rotman School of Research, Baycrest Hospital.

Papers and Presentations

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:

  • Was the lead author and /or co-authored numerous papers in response to the various proposed changes to the Insurance Act as they applied to service provision under the SABs, as well as having presented issues to Ontario Ministers’ political staff, members of the Ontario legislature, government committees, and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. These included the following:
    • Submission of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) to the provincial government in response to the Ontario Auto Insurance 3 Year Review, March 2014.
    • Submission of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) to FSCO in response to Licensing Requirement of practitioners who work under the SABs, June 2014.
    • Submission to Auto Insurance and Cooperatives Policy Unit, OASW Response to Superintendents Report on the Definition of Catastrophic Impairment in the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, dated December 15, 2011/ 2012.
    • Chaired “OASW Role Statement and Procedures for social workers to guide assessment and treatment in the automobile insurance sector” – February 2012
    • Chaired OASW Best Practice Guidelines’ for Social Workers completing I.E.s under the S.A.B’s, 2011.
    • Feldman, Marla et al., OASW Various Responses to Auto Insurance Reform 5 Year Review, 2010.
    • Submission of the OASW to FSCO-The Automobile Insurance Review Committee Advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 Under The Insurance Act, 2010.
    • Submission of the OASW to the provincial government in response to amendments to The Insurance Act’, in order to advocate for access to service and goods by clients and their families 2010.
    • Presentation to Ministry of Finance Regarding Amendments To Regulation 403/96 advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 ( treatment Plan)Under The Insurance Act, 2010.
    • Presentations to many M.P.P.s provincial government advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 under the Insurance Act, 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer- University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences. Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, M.Sc.OT. program, Future Care Cost and Needs seminar 2009-2014.
  • Collaborated with Ms. Carlyle Jansen, sex educator, Development of a Sex Education Workshop for Individuals with ABI.- 2014
  • Collaborated on a paper and program development with Dr. Marta Helliesen, sex therapist, Development of a Sex Education Series for Individuals with ABI. 2009-2011. info@nrcinc.ca
  • Submission of the OASW to the provincial government in response to FSCO’s ‘5 Year Review of the ‘Insurance Act’- 2009.
  • M. Bassilious-Samy, M. Feldman, E. Shumway, D. Dawson, A joint paper entitled: “Validating a return to work model for persons with traumatic brain injury “CAOT conference in Newfoundland- 2008.
  • Submission of the OASW to FSCO-The Automobile Insurance Review Committee Advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 Under The Insurance Act – 2008.
  • Presentation to FSCO-The Automobile Insurance Review Committee Regarding Amendments to Regulation 403/96 and advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 Under The Insurance Act- 2008.
  • Presentations to the to the provincial government advocating for the right of Social Workers to certify the OCF 18 Under The Insurance Act-2008.
  • Feldman, M. and Shumway, E., Evaluating Treatment Outcomes Vocational Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Vancouver, British Columbia-2007.
  • M.M. Bassilious-Samy, M. Feldman, E. Shumway, D. Dawson, Poster -Validation of a Canadian Return to Work Model for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Vocational Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Vancouver, British Columbia- 2007.
  • Numerous workshops, lectures, presentations to government, research papers for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Health “Services for Acquired Brain-Injured Individuals in the Province of Ontario” rehabilitation service providers and colleagues- 1984- 2006.

 

Elyse Shumway:

  • Developed and delivered an online training session: Introducing the ParticiPics Image Data Base, Aphasia Institute, Toronto- 2015
  • Co-authored with Sheila MacDonald the revised Preferred Practice Guideline for Cognitive-Communication Disorders, to be issued by the College of Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO)- 2015.
  • Presented a paper at the Stroke Collaborative Conference 2012, Toronto, Using the ‘Teach-Back’ Method to Communicate Health Information
  • Participated in a Panel Discussion Member, University of Toronto, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Ms.H.C. program 2011.
  • Kagan, A., Shumway, E., Podolsky, L., Aphasia American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia: Why and How? 2010.
  • Presented at the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Challenges and Controversies in Treatment, The Contribution of Speech-Language Pathology Services in the Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute 2010.
  • Shumway, E. and Kagan, A. (2007) Advocacy Leading to a Community of Practice in Communicative Access and Aphasia,Living Successfully with Aphasia International Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Kagan, A., Simmons-Mackie, N., Rowland, A., Huijibregts, M., Shumway, E., McEwan, S., Threats, T., Sharp, S. (2007) Counting What Counts: A Framework for Capturing Real-Life Outcomes of Aphasia Intervention, Aphasiology, 21/5.
  • 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.
  • Served as a member of the expert translation committee that developed the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Program of Care for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. This Program of Care was implemented province-wide in November, 2006.

 

Jennifer Hicks:

  • BC Aphasia Centre Conference, Vancouver, BC, Presentation: “Learning about Aphasia from Your Peers”.
  • 24th Annual Inter Urban Stroke Conference, Kingston, ON Presentation: “The Development of an Aphasia Friendly Orientation Program.”
  • University of Toronto, Department of Speech-Language Pathology Lecture: “Anomic Aphasia in a Young Person.“
  • University of Toronto, Department of Speech-Language Pathology Lecture: ”
    Modification for Adults.”
  • ABI Network Conference
    Case presentation: “The Challenges of Integrating Services for a Person with a Severe Brain Injury.”
  • Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists newsletter: Article: “Working Towards a Person-Centred Care Model of Service Delivery.”

 

Rachel Morrison:

  • Co-founder and Director of Development for the Morrison Preparatory School for children with disabilities in Opapo, Kenya.
  • Presented research on the use of CO-OP approach with individuals with ABI at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) 2011 Conference.
  • Presented research on the use of CO-OP approach with individuals with ABI at the Thelma Cardwell Research Symposium.

 

Mira Etlin-Stein:

  • Student Research Project Supervisor – Supervised two University of Toronto Occupational Therapy students in their Master’s level Research Project: Outcomes & Characteristics of Employment & Life Skills Transition Programs for Teens & Young Adults with ASD.
  • Presenter at the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists 2015 Conference – September -2015.
  • Keynote speaker at Asperger’s Society of Ontario AGM – November 2015.
  • Speaker at Asperger’s Society of ON Parent/ Caregiver Support Group Meeting – October -2015.
  • Self-Compassion Professional Workshop –Continuing Education Workshop – 2015.

Past Community Service

Marla Feldman:

  • Was named a recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her years of service to the OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers). The Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award is presented by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The purpose of this award is to honour the many Ontarians who contribute their time as volunteers to a large number of organizations and associations over many years. The Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat presented the award on June 13th, 2011 in Toronto.
  • Volunteered at the “Barrie to Baycrest Biking Fund Raiser”. This event has raised over 10 million dollars to support research and programs at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. 1997-2013.
  • Was on the conference planning committee and the chairwoman of the sponsorship committee for the Toronto ABI Network’s Bi-annual Conference 2004, 2006 and 2008. These events raised money to support research and programs at the Toronto ABI Network. www.abinetwork.ca

Mira Etlin-Stein:

  • Sistering Volunteer – An organization that serves homeless, marginalized, and low-income women in Toronto – 2012

Jennifer Hicks:

  • Volunteer: Sheena’s Place
  • Volunteer: Good News Toronto

NRC Feldman and Associates Inc. sponsored:

  • The Brain Injury Association of Chatham Kent’s “Annual Golf Tournament” 2006-2014. These events raised money to support programs for the B.I.A.C.K.’s club house program.
  • The St. Michael’s Hospital Formidable Golf Tournaments for over 10 years. This event raised money to support research and programs for the ABI clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. www.outoftheroughgolf.com
  • The Parkinson’s for Porridge Fundraiser
  • The Run for the Cure
  • The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • The Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • The STOP Community Food Centre
  • The Equality Effect
  • EGALE