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Our Research Team

Want to find out a bit more about the people running AcTinSite? Below you will find details on the folks who are part of out Research Team!


We have four leading investigators who are part of our research team. These investigators work at York University, University of Toronto, or George Brown College.

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Dr Iris Epsein, Principal Investigator

Dr. Epstein is an assistant professor at School of Nursing, a faculty member of Critical Disability Studies program, and the co-founder of i.r.i.s (Interdisciplinary Research Inclusive Strategies) lab’s program, at York University

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Dr Lindsay Stephens, Interview Investigator

Dr. Stephens is a social planner and human geographer her expertise is in the socio-spatial aspects of accessibility and inclusion in urban and institutional spaces.

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Dr Nastaran Dadashi, Design Investigator

Dr. Dadashi is a professor and a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist CErgHF) with experience in human centred design, human factors engineering and adopting mixed methodological approaches to understand complex systems (railway, nuclear and healthcare).

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Dr. Melanie Balkjo, Knowledge Mobilization Investigator

Dr. Baljkopage opens in a new tab is a faculty member in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, York University, and Director of the Practices in Enabling Technologies (PiET) Lab

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Knowledge Mobilizer

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Dr. Hilda Smith, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist

Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, York University &

Plain Language Technical Committee Member for Accessibility Standards Canada

For more information see their website

Research Personnel

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Krista Gougeon

Research Assistant, York

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Sara Maclure

Research Assistant, UoT

Selini Jayawickrema

Research Assistant, York

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Christa Yeung

Research Assistant, UofT

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Lakshmi Soundarapandian

Research Assistant, UofT

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Katrina Darychuk

Research Assistant, UofT

Research Staff

Natalia Rogacki

Natalia Rogacki

Program Manager Design Team