McMaster University Staff

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.




 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.



Christine Rodriguez works at both INCH Lab locations, and is the Research Coordinator for the INCH Lab-Toronto. She has worked with Dr. Cairney since 2008 and has been involved in many different studies working with children and their families. She is interested in studies that look at child health and development, as well as physical activity, fitness and motor coordination and is involved with many of the studies conducted at both McMaster University and the University of Toronto (eg, CATCH, HEAL, Early Years Check-In tool). She received her HBSc degree from the University of Toronto (Biology and Forensic Science), and HBKin and MSc degrees from McMaster University (Kinesiology). She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto with Dr. Cairney.

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.