McMaster University Staff


Christine Rodriguez is a research coordinator in the INCH Lab in the Department of Family Medicine. She received her HBSc degree from the University of Toronto (Biology and Forensic Science), and HBKin and MSc degrees from McMaster University (Kinesiology). She has been a part of the Department’s research team since September 2008 and has been involved in many different studies working with children and their families. In the INCH Lab, she is interested in studies that look at child health and development, as well as physical activity, fitness and motor coordination and is involved in all current studies (CATCH, NARS, and PANS: Follow-Up study).


Sara King-Dowling is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a part time Research Coordinator in the INCH Lab. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. John Cairney. Her research interests include understanding how motor coordination impacts physical activity and health-related   physical fitness in children with neurodevelopmental delays and chronic health conditions. Sara is currently supported by a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Christie Tasch is a research assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, having received a B.A. in anthropology in 2008 from McMaster University. In the INCH Lab she is involved in the CATCH and CRI studies as an assessor, having previously been involved with the Developmental Screening project as well as the NARS and the PANS: Follow-up study.

Sarah Wellman is a Research Assistant in the INCH lab working on the CATCH study since 2014. She received her BPHE degree from the University of Toronto and MHK degree from the University of Ottawa. She is also a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist. Her research background involves sport psychology work with children and families, along with clinical experience which has focused on physical activity counselling.


Kelly Rigby is a Research Assistant in the INCH lab working on the CATCH study. She has volunteered with INCH since 2014, having previously worked on the Developmental Screening project, as well as assisting with data management of several other projects including PHAST, NARS, and PANS.



Tara McNicholl is a Research Assistant in the INCH lab working on the CATCH study as an assessor. She received both her BSc in Kinesiology and MSC in Nutrition and Physiology from the University of Waterloo. Her research background involves determining the utility of adding single indicators of frailty (grip strength and gait speed) to nutrition assessments in the acute care setting.



Scott Veldhuizen is a research methodologist who works at both the INCH lab and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He has a B.A. in Classical Civilization and Economics from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in Applied Health from Brock University (he is currently a PhD student in the same program). Scott is involved in research in several areas, including developmental delay in children, the epidemiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders among adults, and interventions for homeless people with mental illness. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the McMaster Department of Family Medicine.