Scientific and Planning Committee Members

Cathy Craven, BA, MD, MSc, FRCPC, CCD

Co-chair, CSCI-RA Conference
University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Craven is a clinician scientist in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team and Medical Lead of the Spinal Cord Rehab Program at TRI. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Craven’s research redefines patients’ experiences with the health conditions that come after a spinal cord injury, helping them avoid or better manage heart disease, diabetes and fracture. She leads the SCI-HIGH project, reshaping SCI rehabilitation by 2020 through developing and implementing indicators of quality care linked with accreditation standards. She leads TRI’s Central Recruitment program with vision and tenacity.


Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT

Executive Director & Conference Manager, CSCI-RA
Senior Manager, Events & Management Plus Inc.


Kristin Musselman, PT, PhD

Co-chair, CSCI-RA
University of Toronto & Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

Dr. Musselman is a Scientist at TRI-UHN. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Kristin’s research focus is on optimizing everyday functional movements, such as walking and reaching. This includes training effective balance reactions in adults with spinal cord injury, and studying whether wearable sensors can detect those at risk of falls. She also studies the effectiveness of functional electrical stimulation to improve arm function in young children with cerebral palsy.