Capacity building in research is core to ICDR’s mandate.  One way we achieve this is by supporting Master’s, PhD and postdoctoral students who are conducting research related to global health issues in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science (GDRS). ICDR offers graduate students an intellectual community, as well as the opportunity to join longstanding international partnerships in support of their research. GDRS students also have the option of joining the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health. For more information, please contact ICDR Director, Dr. Stephanie Nixon.

Current and Past PhD Students

Shaun Cleaver

Shaun Cleaver

Shaun Cleaver

Shaun is a physiotherapist whose practice has evolved from being centred on the care of individual patients to that of organizing services for populations. He has engaged professionally in Haiti, Cameroon, South Africa and most recently began work in Zambia through his PhD dissertation research. In this research he works with groups of persons with disabilities in Western Zambia to explore how disability is understood and to refine ideas about what should be done to improve the situation of persons with disabilities. Since coming to UofT he has been a part of ICDR in order to engage with other students, researchers involved in Zambia, and a team of people looking to enhance professional and organizational communication.

Shaun’s publications

Cleaver SNixon SA. A scoping study of ten years of published literature on community-based rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2013, Early online: 1-10.

Janet Njelesani

Janet N

Janet’s research explored sport-for-development organizations in Lusaka, Zambia using a critical occupational approach to research she constructed. Through case studies, she described how staff and youth participants spoke about and understood the use of sport occupations in sport-for-development programs and the sport-for-development ideologies and practices in Zambia and how these shaped the participation of youth. Janet is one of the ICDR-Zambia co-founders and previously served as the Research Chair for ICDR-Zambia. Janet is currently working at UNICEF HQ in the Division of Data, Research and Policy, where she is developing guidelines and toolkits for the measurement of child disability and functioning that can be implemented in low and middle-income countries. 

Janet’s publications

Njelesani J, Gibson BE, Nixon S, Cameron D, Polatajko, H. Towards a critical occupational approach to research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2013;12:207-220.

Njelesani, J., Stevens, M., Cleaver, S., Mwambwa, L., & Nixon, S. (2013). Developing global partnerships to advance participation and health through research: The Canadian-Zambian Partnership. Occupational Therapy International; 20, 78-87

Marianne Stevens

Marianne Stevens

Marianne Stevens

Marianne started her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Nixon in 2010 in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto.  After completing her fieldwork in Zambia in 2013, she is currently working on writing up her dissertation.  Her work focuses on rehabilitation and stigma in adults living with HIV.  Marianne is the current chair of ICDR-Zambia and became involved with ICDR to meet like-minded individuals and to help establish contact with colleagues in Zambia.

 Marianne’s Publications

Stevens M, Kirsh B, Nixon S. Rehabilitation Interventions for children living with HIV: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014;36(10):865-874.