Programs and Services


Grandview Children's Centre is a supporter of discovery and innovation in research in child development and rehabilitation science. Our Research Committee identifies priority areas for research and advises where our resources and/or support should be directed.

Grandview's Research Committee:

  • Chair: Dr. Carolyn Hunt, Medical Director, Developmental Pediatrician
  • Mandy Doherty, Registered Social Worker & Professional Practice Lead
  • Lindsay Gurr, Physiotherapist
  • Janet Isaac, Clinical Manager
  • Angela Kielbowski, Childhood Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP) Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-Net) Research Assistant
  • Dr. Shannon Knights
  • Sarah Lee, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Meghann Lloyd, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT & Research Associate, Grandview Children's Centre
  • Munazza Tahir, Behaviour Consultant
  • ex officio: Leslie Suite, Speech-Language Pathologist & Director of Clinical Services
  • ex officio: Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann, Executive Director
  • Recorder: Jackie Down, Medical Services Assistant

Read our Research Portfolio for a complete list of all our research projects:

Grandview Children's Centre - Research Portfolio - updated January 2015


Please note: Grandview is directly involved in the following research study:

The CP-NET Research Database is an Ontario Brain Institute funded research project. We are collecting information to better understand how many kids are affected by Cerebral Palsy (CP) in different parts of Ontario and what causes CP so that we can improve care and treatments.



Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network “CP-NET” – Research Database

The program is designed to improve our understanding of cerebral palsy (CP) and accelerate the development of new neuroscience discoveries.

CP-NET research studies will gather information about children with CP and their families from across Ontario. The ultimate goal is to improve the lives of people with CP and their families.

What does this study involve?
Study participants will attend two research assessments, approximately 1-4 years apart.

During the first assessment we will ask you questions about your family and medical history and your child’s experience with CP. 

We will then collect saliva samples from you and your child. We will also ask to review your family’s medical charts and collect any past brain scans your child may have had.

During both assessments, your child will be seen by a doctor who will examine his or her movements. Lastly, your child may be given a brief learning assessment during the second assessment.

Who can participate?
Children aged 2-7 years old, who have CP and live in certain regions of Ontario.

Why should you consider participating?
Your participation will allow researchers to study the causes of CP, identify risk factors and develop treatments and interventions to improve outcomes and care for children with CP.

You will receive a $20 gift card to Chapters after the completion of each research assessment.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact:

Angela Kielbowski
Grandview Children’s Centre
905-728-1673 x 2547
toll-free 1-800-304-6180 x 2547
info posted November 25, 2015
expires December 31, 2018
Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network CP-NET Research Database Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network CP-NET

Please note: Grandview is not directly involved in the research studies listed below


Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is seeking youth aged 14 to 25 with an autism spectrum disorder who live in Ontario and/or their parents to participate in:



Autism studyTransition to Employment and Volunteer Work for Youth with Autism: A research study

Researchers at Bloorview Research Institute are trying to understand how to support youth with autism who are transitioning from high school to employment and volunteer work. They are looking for youth with autism and/or their parents to complete an online survey. The survey will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

This survey will ask questions about employment and volunteer experiences along with the types of services used. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how services in Ontario could better support your needs during this transition. 

The survey can be completed by:

  • A youth with autism
  • A parent or caregiver
  • A parent and youth together 

For more information, or to sign up, contact:

Danielle D’Alessandro & Andrea Hickling


Sally Lindsay
416-425-6220 x 3654

info posted Apri 17, 2014
expires May 31, 2015

Transitioning to Employment and Volunteer Work for Youth with Autism



Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Autism Research Centre and the POND-Network are seeking children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, Autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS), or Intellectual Disability (ID, DD) age 18 months to 21 years participate in:


Clinical Information:

Autism study

A research study to understand how genes affect the brain, body, and behavior and translate this understanding into new ways to help individuals with autism and associated neurodevelopmental disorders.

For more information, contact:

Susan Day Fragiadakis, M.A. Sc., Research Asssitant
416-425-6220 x 6518

info posted November 3, 2012
updated September 20, 2016
expires March 31, 2018

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Autism Research Centre recruitment flyer Clinical Information for Autism Research Institute study