I am a PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Science at Western University, and my program of research explores human-nature-health relationships. In this context my work endeavours to investigate how relationships with nature and the natural environment impact experiences of health and disability in individuals, as well as populations. Some of my current work focuses on the impact of cancer and its treatment on health, well-being, and quality of life, and if these impacts can be mitigated through fostering connections with nature.
In addition to my program of research, I am a senior research assistant in the Laboratory for Well-Being and Quality of Life in Oncology, as well as the Voice Production and Perception Laboratory at Western University. Our primary work in these labs focuses on exploring health, well-being, quality of life, and rehabilitation issues in individuals treated for cancer, and primarily in head and neck cancer populations. As well, I am a collaborator with surgical residents and faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, London Health Sciences Centre.
At present time, I am in the final stages of completing my doctorate with a completion timeline of winter 2012/13. I am actively seeking an academic position in a Faculty of Health Sciences, or related faculty or school, at a Canadian institution where I might research and teach in the areas of environment-related health and well-being, as well as broader issues related to conceptualizations of human health, disability, and rehabilitation.
Please feel free to contact me for a copy of my CV.
My primary research interests explore the impact that nature and the natural environment have on our perceptions of health, disability, and quality of life. Much of my current work focuses on natural environmental factors and natural restorative environments, and how fostering connections with these settings can promote health and well-being.
Research exploring restorative environments is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from a number of areas including psychology, geography, environmental sciences, biology, health sciences, architecture, and more. Essentially, research in this area explores human perception, behaviour, and outcomes related to our experiences with different settings. Relative to "natural" restorative environments or the restorative potential of nature, much of the collective endeavour focusses on psychophysiological and general health benefits related to one's interaction with, or perception of nature and natural restorative environments. Research investigating restorative environments in a variety of contexts supports the emerging argument that fostering connections with nature can promote health, well-being, and quality of life in a number of psychophysiologic and broader health spheres at both idividual and population levels (e.g., Berto, 2005; Cimprich & Ronis, 2003; Hartig et al., 2003; Maas et al., 2006; Ulrich, 1984; and many others).
Secondary to my doctoral work, I lead and collaborate on projects in the Laboratory for Well-Being and Quality of Life in Oncology, and the Voice Production and Perception Laboratory at Western University. Our work in the VPPL focuses on communication and speech-related concerns in individuals treated for head and neck cancer. Much of our work in this area focuses on performance and perception of alaryngeal speech, as well as the quality of life concerns in alaryngeal speakers.
In the WBQOLO, our work adopts a broader scope of investigation that focuses on rehabilitation, health, well-being, and quality of life in individuals who are treated for cancer.
For more information on our work, please feel free to visit the TwoLabs, or my colleagues directly: Dr. Philip Doyle (lab director; rehabilitation in head and neck cancer and quality of life) Catherine Bornbaum (distress and quality of life in oncology), Marie-Ève Caty (reflective practice in speech-language pathology and alaryngeal speech rehabilitation), Agnieszka Dzioba (communication disorders and quality of life in children), Steven Cox (post-laryngecotmy speech rehabilitation).
Eadie, T.L., Day, A.M.B., Sawin, D.E., Lamvik, K., Doyle, P.C. (2012). Auditory-perceptual speech outcomes and quality of life after total laryngectomy. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Online First, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/0194599812461755.
Day, AMB, Theurer, JA, Dykstra, AD, Doyle, PC. (2012). Nature and the Natural Environment as Health Facilitators: The Need to Reconceptualize the ICF Environmental Factors. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.683478
Yeung, J., Fung, K., Bornbaum, C.C., Day, A.M.B., Parsa, V., Levee, T., Doyle, P.C. (2011). A clinical approach to monitoring variability associated with adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD). Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 40(4), 343-349.
Moukarbel, R.V., Doyle, P.C., Yoo, J.H., Franklin, J.H., Day, A.M.B., Fung, K. (2011). Voice-related quality of life (V-RQOL) outcomes in laryngectomees. Head and Neck, 33(1), 31-36. doi: 10.1002/hed.21409
Day, A.M.B. & Doyle, P.C. (2010). Assessing self-reported measures of voice disability in tracheoesophageal speakers. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 39(6), 762-768.
Bechard, D., Day, A.M.B., Dufour, S., Dzioba, A., McCabe, C., Rasmussen, S., & Doyle, P.C. (2010). How medical students conceptualize health and disability: implications for interprofessional practice and education. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 1(2). Available from http://jripe.org/index.php/journal/article/view/10
Doyle, P.C., Day, A.M.B., Whitney, H.W., Myers, C., & Eadie, T.L. (2009). The utility of symptom checklists in long-term postlaryngectomy follow-up. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 33(4), 174-182.
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