Dr. Danielle Levac
Danielle Levac graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2001 with a BSc degree in Physiotherapy. She has worked as a physiotherapist in pediatric acute care, rehabilitation, and school health support settings. In 2007, she completed a MSc in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, exploring recovery patterns in children and youth with acquired brain injury (ABI). Danielle completed a PhD in the Rehabilitation Science at McMaster in 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Cheryl Missiuna. The focus of her research is on the use of commercial virtual reality technology (specifically, the Nintendo Wii & WiiFit) to promote motor learning within physiotherapy interventions for children and youth with ABI. Danielle is currently a CIHR-funded Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Rehabilitation Science and the Motor Control Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. Working with Dr. Heidi Sveistrup and Dr. Mindy Levin (McGill University), Danielle is undertaking research to explore the use of virtual reality-based therapy with adult and pediatric neurological populations in clinical and home settings.
Areas of Focus
Use of commercial virtual reality technology to promote motor learning within physiotherapy interventions for children and youth with ABI
A clinical decision-making process outlining how therapists can use motor learning strategies in practice.
The Partnering for Change team used evidence from the literature to design a conceptual model that was tested in school settings and refined.
An Update On The Use Of Virtual Reality Technology To Improve Movement In Children With Physical Impairments
The use of virtual reality technology as a rehabilitation intervention to improve or remediate children's movement skills is being explored in clinical practice and research.
The Motor Learning Strategy Rating Instrument (MLSRI) is an observer-rated instrument that measures the extent to which physiotherapists use motor learning strategies during physiotherapy interventions for children with acquired brain injury (ABI).