Move & Play Research Team

Doreen Bartlett, PT, PhD, Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada and Scientist, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Bob Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and Scientist, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Peter Rosenbaum, MD,FRCP(C), McMaster University, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Sarah (Sally) Westcott McCoy, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States

Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Alyssa LaForme-Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Barbara Stoskopf, RN, MHSc, McMaster University, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Project Coordinator

Barbara Stoskopf ( is the Project Coordinator for this study, and the Regional Coordinator for Canada, Georgia and Oklahoma. She is a registered nurse, with a Masters of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University, and has spent all of her 35-year career in Pediatrics at McMaster. Her clinical background is in Neonatal Intensive Care and the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic. For the past two decades, she has coordinated multiple studies of longitudinal follow-up of ex-premature infants, with a focus on neurodevelopmental outcomes and quality of life issues. She has been a member of the CanChild team since the fall of 2006, when she joined the Move & PLAY project as coordinator. 

Audrey Wood, PT, MS, Drexel University, Regional Coordinator, Greater Philadelphia region

Audrey Wood ( is Regional Coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia region and a pediatric physical therapist who lives and practices in Philadelphia. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy and then went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Hahnmann University. Audrey currently works in Early Intervention providing home and community services to children birth to three years old. She also is provides ChildFind services for Early Intervention in two Philadelphia area Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Audrey previously worked for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia providing inpatient and outpatient services including the Cerebral Palsy Clinic and Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic. Her teaching experience includes lecturing at universities and a Physical Therapy Residency Program in the Philadelphia area. Audrey recently co-authored a chapter on The High Risk Infant for Pediatric Physical Therapy. 

Allison Yocum, PT, DSc, PCS, University of Washington, Regional Coordinator, Greater Seattle-Tacoma region   

Allison Yocum PT, DSc, PCS ( is the Regional Coordinator for the Greater Seattle-Tacoma Region, and is currently practicing pediatric physical therapy at Northwest Pediatric Therapies in Issaquah, Washington. This practice is a private, outpatient clinic serving children 0-21 years with physical therapy needs. She has also practiced in the school system, early intervention and birth to three programs, and acute care settings and served as a consultant on hospital based neurodevelopmental teams in her 11 years of practice. She received her pediatric advanced clinical practice certification in 2001. In 2003, she completed her Doctor of Science degree in pediatric physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her doctoral research focused on reliable strength testing of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in children and was presented at national physical therapy meetings. In addition to her clinical work, she is also currently serving as the pediatric content specialist for the IRB at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. 

Barbara Sieck Taylor, USA, Parent Consultant

Barbara Sieck Taylor is a development consultant, specializing in the cultural community and public broadcasting. She is currently Project Director of the Disability Health Policy Forum at Achieva, one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading providers of lifelong services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. For the past five years, she has also served as the principal administrator of Conductive Education of Pittsburgh, a grassroots, parent-driven organization. She is the parent of a 14 year old son, William, who has cerebral palsy and has been very active in the advocacy and coordination of his medical and educational services. 

Tina Hjorngaard, Canada, Parent Consultant 

Tina Hjorngaard works as a mental health support worker, advocating for adults with mental illness in supportive housing. In her personal life, she is the parent of a 9-year-old girl, Mika, who has cerebral palsy. Tina relied on her strong advocacy and education skills when her daughter made the transition from a centre-based education program to the regular public school system in Toronto in September 2005. She approached this transition with a vision of what she would like for their daughter, and other children: full inclusion in an integrated educational setting providing her with an opportunity to learn and to be part of a social group. Tina is a self-described activist and advocate for equal opportunity.