2023 Ward Summer Research Student – Shannon Scratch

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


Bloorview Research Institute

2023 Ward Summer Student Research Program

Title: Ward Summer Research Student

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $15.50/hr

Start Date: May 1, 2023

End Date: July 21, 2023

Lab: NOvEL Lab – Neurorehab Outcomes via Education & Learning

Supervisor: Shannon Scratch

Program: Bloorview Research Institute


The Ward Summer Student Research program provides an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship experience. Successful incumbents will have opportunities to work with their mentor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their findings to the organization and its visitors.

The student will have the opportunity to contribute to various projects over the summer term exploring the neuropsychological implications following acquired brain injury. The student’s role will involve assisting with recruitment of research participants, completing background literature reviews, and data collection. The student will gain practical experience working with psychologists, psychological interns, and interdisciplinary team members, to learn about acquired brain injury and develop a repertoire of basic clinical and research skills.

Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 1, 2023 – July 21, 2023. Students will be paid $15.50 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll.

Key Responsibilities

  • Data gathering, entry, and analysis
  • General administrative and clerical functions to support projects
  • Development of program materials and assistance with presentations and teaching
  • Literature searching and review
  • Additional duties assigned as required


    • Student must be enrolled as a 3rd or 4th student in an undergraduate Psychology degree program or equivalent
    • Student must have completed at least one research method course
    • Able to utilize skills learned in academic studies in this position
    • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
    • Demonstrated understanding of a Family-Centered Care service delivery model
    • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
    • Demonstrates ability to work as part of a team and be a team player
    • Shows accuracy and attention to detail
    • Able to organize work to ensure deadlines are met and follow-up is complete
    • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel
    • Applies data management skills and principles


Please submit the following in one (1) pdf file in the order indicated below:

  • Cover letter including the following:
    • What program of study are you currently enrolled in?
    • What year are you within your program of study?
    • Please indicate your future academic ambitions.
    • Please indicate your academic average as a percentage (e.g. 85%) for the last two (2) years of study.
    • Do you have research experience? If so, please provide details of your research experience.
    • Do you have experience working with children with disabilities? If so, please provide details.
  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial university transcript
  • One letter of reference from a professor or previous employer

Any applications missing this information will not be accepted.

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