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Roxy O’Rourke (she/her)

Roxy O’Rourke is a PhD student in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and a Clinical Research Project Coordinator at the Hospital for Sick Children (‘SickKids’). At SickKids, Roxy works in the Child Health and Evaluative Sciences department within hematology. Here, she will be helping to explore the impact of having a child with a blood-related disorder on both the child and the family, and also examining differences in access to treatments worldwide. Roxy’s PhD work is within the ADAPT Lab in the Mental Health and Physical Research Centre. Her research, broadly, focuses on the relationship between sport and mental health in adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions and disabilities. For Roxy’s doctoral program, she is exploring the body image experiences of adolescent and young adult athletes with physical disabilities. Alongside her research, Roxy has been recognized by the University of Toronto for an extraordinary commitment to volunteer and leadership roles throughout her time as a graduate student. Roxy has been heavily involved with the Faculty of Kinesiology’s Graduate Society, acting as president for the last 2 terms. She has also worked with university-wide groups during her graduate programs, such as TEDxUofT and BrainWaves (a group dedicated to educating younger children about the signs and impacts of a concussion). Outside of her involvement at the University of Toronto and SickKids, Roxy is the Co-Founder of OneAthlete – a tech-based start-up aiming to develop a ‘recovery hub’ for athletes to have autonomy in monitoring their signs and symptoms of overtraining and relative energy deficiency syndrome. She is also the acting Grants and Sponsorships Coordinator for Girls and Women in Motion, a grassroots organization aiming to provide affordable and accessible movement-based opportunities to girls and women from equity-deserving groups in the Greater Toronto Area. Lastly, Roxy is a current team member and blog writer of Runners of the Six, a resource for runners, by runners that aim to connect and represent the diverse running community of the Greater Toronto Area. On a more personal note, Roxy is a distance runner, dance teacher, and retired dancer. Much of Roxy’s passion for her research in mental health, as well as her motives to be so invested within the student communities, stems from her experiences as a child and adolescent within the dance world. Roxy looks to apply her past experiences in sport to her research and her work with Fast and Female to optimize mental health outcomes for adolescent and youth self-identified girls.