ABOUT

TIAN RENTON

R.Kin, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD (In Progress)

 

I am an upper year PhD student studying at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (University of Toronto [U of T]) under the supervision of Dr. Sidney Kennedy (MD). I first began working and conducting research in the field of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in 2012. Since that time, I have been publishing and presenting my research at national and international conferences. I have been very fortunate in the sense that I am a well funded graduate student; since beginning my graduate studies at U of T in 2014, I have garnered over $165 000 in merit-based academic scholarships. During the academic year, I also hold an undergraduate teaching position at U of T within the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education.

In Spring 2019, I joined the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). This clinical certification (R.Kin) will compliment my undergraduate education and current teaching position at U of T. This certification will also allow me to work one-on-one with individuals whom have been affected by concussion. Through the use of exercise and mental health wellness coaching, I hope to assist individuals affected by persisting post-concussion symptoms. 

Looking ahead, I see myself teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level at an educational institution like U of T. I am also interested in conducting clinical research alongside like-minded collaborators at one of the many research-intensive hospitals in Toronto.  

When I'm not immersed in my work, I like to spend my time being active, outdoors:  beach walks with my Border Collie (Clover), beach volleyball, longboarding, running, ice hockey and snowboarding. As an advocate for physical fitness, I seek to educate, empower and inspire others to be active for life. 

 

BACKGROUND

RESEARCH

As a part of my PhD, I am conducting a research investigation that seeks to examine psychosocial predictors of functional recovery and mental health outcomes following concussion in adolescent athletes. Project Brain Decode [PBD], the pseudonym I've given my program of research, is unique in that all data is self-reported by athletes and submitted online. This helps to reduce the barriers associated with participation in research. PBD is open to any Canadian athlete, healthy or recently concussed (i.e., within 14 days of injury), who are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. For more information about my research, please visit: www.projectbraindecode.com

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CLINICAL

In Fall 2012, I started working clinically as a Volunteer Research Assistant at St.Michael's Hospital in The Head Injury Clinic. I shadowed patient appointments and worked with primary investigators to complete clinic research initiatives and gather participant data. I've also volunteered as a Clinic Assistant at Complete Concussion Management Inc. (CCMI). I assisted with the administration of return-to-play exertion protocols and collected preseason baseline assessment data.

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TEACHING

During the academic year, I hold a Course Instructor position with the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto (U of T). I began working in this role in September 2016. In small sections of approximately 25 to 30 students, I instruct two practical kinesiology courses that require active engagement and hands-on participation from all students. I have the privilege of working in close proximity to my students on a frequent and repeated basis.

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