Rebecca Ataman, MSc, RKin, is a registered kinesiologist (Ontario) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University. She completed her MSc in Anatomical Sciences at Queen’s University, with a dual focus in anatomical education and knowledge translation in kinesiology. After completing her MSc, she worked at the University of Waterloo, Department of Kinesiology, School of Anatomy, where she taught courses in the anatomical sciences as well as in exercise prescription and management. Her broad research interests lie in health professional education, clinical reasoning and knowledge translation.
Rebecca’s doctoral research aims to understand how newly implemented evidence-based rehabilitation practices are sustained. New rehabilitation practices are implemented into clinical practice all the time, however only an estimated 40-60% of these practices are continued over the long-term, or sustained. This leads to a huge waste in financial and human resources, and a loss of potential benefits to patient outcomes. Rebecca hopes her research will contribute to the evidence base on the topic as well as produce practical guidance to optimize the sustainability of rehabilitation practices.
In addition to her doctoral work, Rebecca is currently involved in several additional research projects spanning her broad areas of research interest. These include two scoping reviews in the area of health professions education, two systematic reviews of measurement properties of healthcare tools and collaborative projects with kinesiologists and kinesiology stakeholders the broad focus of translating research in health professions education and knowledge translation to this emerging professional field. Outside of her research projects, Rebecca spends a considerable amount of time on advocacy and professional development for the professional of kinesiology. This includes being a member of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario professional standards working groups, and administering and contributing media to the networking and professional development forum she co-founded – Connected Kinesiologists.