Finding a Supervisor

Domestic Students

Although it does not guarantee admission, selecting a potential supervisor is very helpful in terms of deciding on a course of study and structuring the Letter of Intent required for application. Domestic students can be accepted before finding a supervisor, but they cannot register without one.

International Students

As part of their application, international students MUST have a confirmation, in writing, of their RSI graduate supervisor and a guaranteed source of funding from a recognized international funding agency, a government scholarship from their home country, or guaranteed funding from the prospective supervisor.

How to Find a Supervisor

All students must find an appropriate RSI faculty member as their supervisor before the beginning of their program.

A supervisor must have an Associate Member SGS appointment to supervise MSc students and a Full Member appointment to supervise PhD students.

Choose a field of research that is of interest to you. Feel free to contact potential supervisors. Student and supervisor should discuss an appropriate research project, funding strategies, and review the general terms of supervision when considering an association.

When Talking to a Potential Supervisor

You may want to:

  • Discuss your qualification to become a graduate student at UofT such as your grades, research experience, and additional scores (e.g., English proficiency score)
  • Discuss a potential topic or topics of research and availability of funding
  • Discuss and decide if an MSc or PhD is your program of choice, and if there is a collaborative program that you would be a good fit for you
  • Ask the potential supervisor about their previous experiences in supervision, the number of students they supervised, an average time to program completion for the students in the past, and their supervisory philosophy
  • Ask to meet other students mentored by the same supervisor and discuss their experiences

Potential Supervisors:

The following is a list of RSI faculty who have funding and are currently looking to recruit students. Please note that this list is constantly changing so be sure to check back for more updates:

Faculty Member Description of research Looking For Contact
Elaine Biddiss
  • Project evaluating a novel mixed reality video game, Bootle Blast, for children with neuromotor conditions in home-based interventions.
  • Doctoral project designing and evaluating a “mixed reality” Virtual Music Teacher application to support young children with disabilities (3 to 6 years of age) in high quality music learning at home. This project will look at the ethical/social implications of using AI for early childhood music education; perceived value; technical and social scaffolding to optimize implementation.  Experience with young children with developmental disabilities, music, early childhood education, and/or qualitative and mixed methods is an asset. This project is supported by a team of software and game developers, composers, music therapists and educators.

Tracey Colella

Facilitating transitions in care for aortic stenosis patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This work involves feasibility and intervention research including prehabilitation and post procedure cardiac rehabilitation using mixed methods approaches (focus group methodology, systematic review & meta-analysis, randomized controlled trial).

Andrea Iaboni

Comparing clinician and computer vision ratings of gait unsteadiness and their ability to predict an imminent fall.


Sally Lindsay Project on healthy and productive work for youth and young adults with disabilities.
Visit the Trail Lab for more info


Avril Mansfield Please see for more information about current projects. MSc

Rosemary Martino

Our work focuses on understanding swallowing impairment (dysphagia) and reducing its
burden for patients, their caregivers and the community. The candidate will have the opportunity
to receive advanced training and opportunities with large registry data sets, videofluroscopic
analysis, both qualitative and quantitative research methods and applied outcomes research in the clinical setting.

Maisha Khan, Lab Manager, Swallowing Lab.
Sunita Mathur

Topics related to muscle atrophy and exercise in the following populations: solid organ transplant, critical illness, COPD and cystic fibrosis. We use quantitative research methodology, and a combination of lab- and clinically- based measures.

Amy McPherson Topics related to health promotion for children and youth with disabilities, including obesity, eating disorders, sexuality and wellness. Please see ProFILE lab for examples of projects. MSc
PhD (preferably)
Monika Molnar

Bilingual and Multilingual Development Lab:

  • Physiological correlates of attention allocation (as reflected by brain oscillations, involuntarily eye-movements, and heart rate) during spoken language processing in monolingual and bilingual infants, children, and adults.
  • Social cues (i.e., interlocutor familiarity) facilitating language separation in bilingual children and adults: scanning familiar and unfamiliar faces during language processing (using eye-tracking).