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Name: Steve Ryan

Title: Scientist

Theme: Innovation & Development


B.E.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario
M.Sc. , Health Research Methodology (Clinical Epidemiology), McMaster University

University Position:

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Research Interests:

Design, evaluation, and commercial development of seating and mobility devices for children with physical disabilities.

Current Funding:

Title: Development of an indicator of the impact of assistive devices on children with disabilities and their families
Researchers: Ryan SE, Sawatzky B, Campbell KA (Co-PIs), Rigby P, Montpetit K, Roxborough L, McKeever P. (Co-Is). Stevens J, Perkin S. (Decision Maker Co-Applicants).
Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Bloorview Childrens Hospital Foundation/Bloorview Research Institute and Child Health BC/Child and Youth Health Research Network. ($212,500, 2008-2011.)

Title: Commercial Advancement of a Safety Seat for Children with Physical Disabilities
Researchers: Ryan SE (PI) Miller Polgar J. (Co-I).
Agency: Ministry of Research and Innovation through the Ontario Research and Commercialization Program ($24,200, 2008)

Title: Ergonomic classroom furniture and the printing legibility of elementary school students with cerebral palsy: a pilot study for a randomized controlled trial.
Researchers: Ryan, SE. (PI). Rigby, P. Campbell, K. (Co-Is).
Agency: Bloorview Research Institute Seed Grant, (2006 – 2008, $29,818)

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:

Ryan SE, Rigby P. Toward development of custom child restraint systems. Assistive Technology. 2007; 19: 239-248.

Ryan SE, Campbell KA, Rigby P. Reliability of the Family Impact of Assistive Technology Scale. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2007; 88: 1436-40.

Ryan SE, Campbell KA, Rigby P, Germon B, Chan B, Hubley D. Development of the new Family Impact of Assistive Technology Scale (FIATS). Int J Rehabil Res. 2006; 29(3): 195-200.

Snider-Riczker P, Ryan SE, Campbell K, Bortolussi J. Adaptive seating for young children: parents’ perceptions of injury risk in the bathtub. Technology and Disability, 2005; 17: 165-171.

Rigby P, Ryan SE, Joos S, Cooper B, Jutai J, Steggles E. The impact of electronic aids to daily living upon the lives of persons with cervical spinal cord injury. Assist Technol. 2005; 17: 62-70.

Ryan SE, Snider-Riczker P, Rigby P. Community-based performance of a pelvic stabilization device for children with spasticity. Assist Technol. 2005; 17: 37-46.

Contact Information:
Bloorview Research Institute,
Bloorview Kids Rehab
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8

Tel: 416-425-6220, extension 3526
Fax: 416-425-1634

E-mail: sryan at bloorview dot ca* (see Note below)

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