Name: Danielle Rice

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Position: PhD Student


Danielle is a Vanier Scholar and Health Systems Impact Fellow currently enrolled in McGill’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, Danielle obtained a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a MSc in Psychiatry from McGill. She has held a number of research coordinator positions focused on clinical and health psychology. She is interested in health policy and health systems research, evidence synthesis, and the reproducibility and methodological quality of studies, especially within the field of mental health.

Danielle’s research with the Behavioural Health Research Group focuses on conducting patient-oriented research among people living with scleroderma and their informal caregivers. She is also involved in the DEPRESSD registry project of individual patient data meta-analyses on the diagnostic accuracy of depression screening tools, and the CONSORT extension for randomized controlled trials using cohorts and routinely collected health data. 


- Health System Impact Fellowship ($50, 000). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2018-2019

- Outstanding Student in Rheumatology Award ($650). Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2018

- Graduate Mobility Award ($4000). McGill University, 2018

- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship ($150, 000). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), ($150, 000), 2017-2020

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Award ($105, 000, awarded but declined), 2017-2020

- Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec –Doctoral Award ($63, 000, awarded but declined), 2017-2020

- EQUATOR Canada Publication School Scholarship ($750)

- Best Presentation of Clinical Research Results [Co-author Carboni Jiménez, Rice, et al., 2018]- Laurentian Conference of Rheumatology, 2018

- 3rd place poster award [Co-author Mehta, Rice, et al., 2017]- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2017

- André Lussier Fellowship Travel Bursary, Laurentian Conference of Rheumatology, 2017

- Poster Award [Co-Author Jewett et al., 2016]- Annual National Scleroderma Conference, 2016

- University of Waterloo Arts Young Alumni Award, 2016

- Fonds de Recherche de Santé du Québec –Masters Award ($30, 000), 2015-2017

- Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($5000), McGill University, 2015

- 1st place poster award [Co-author Mehta, Rice et al., 2015a]- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015

- 3rd place poster award [Co-Author Mehta, Rice et al., 2015b]- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015

- Poster Award [Co-Author Azar, Rice et al., 2015]- Annual National Scleroderma Conference, 2015

- Graduate Excellence Fellowship ($3000). McGill University, 2015

- 1st Place Research Paper Award [Co-Author for MacKenzie et al., 2015]- Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2015

- André Lussier Fellowship Travel Bursary. Laurentian Conference of Rheumatology, 2015

- Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)-Master’s ($17,500). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2014

- Graduate Excellence Entry Award ($1000). McGill University, 2014

- Travel Award ($1100). International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, 2013

- Travel Award ($150). University of Waterloo Award for Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference, 2012

- President’s Scholarship ($2000- admission average exceeding 90%). University of Waterloo, 2009


Rice DB, Hutton B, Poulin P, Wolfe D, Moher D, Thavorn K, Garber G, Taha S, Willows M, Esmaeilisaraji L, Yazadi F, Shea B, Skidmore B, Corace K. Evaluating Comparative Effectiveness of Psychosocial Interventions for Persons Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder: Protocol for a Systematic Review. Accepted to BMJ Open [July 2018].


Cañedo-Ayala M, Rice DB, Levis B, Carrier M-E, Cumin J, Malcarne V, Hagedoorn M, Thombs BD, The Caregiver Advisory Committee. Factors Associated with Symptoms of Depression among Informal Caregivers of People Living with Systemic Sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1500647


Rice DB, Zorn A, Sigman M. The Importance of Structure and Connection for People Living with Schizophrenia: A 33-year Outpatient Group Experience. Accepted to Community Journal of Mental Health.


Kwakkenbos L, Imran M, Mc Cord, KA, Sampson M, Fröbert O, Gale C, Hemkens LG, Langan SM, Moher D, Relton C, Zwarenstein M, Benchimol EI, Boutron I, Campbell MK, Erlinge D, Jawad S, Ravaud P, Rice DB, Sauvé M, van Staa TP, Thabane L, Uher R, Verkooijen HM, Juszczak E, Thombs BD. Protocol for a scoping review to support development of a CONSORT extension for RCTs using cohorts and routinely collected health data. BMJ Open. 2018(8), 1-5. 


Barbeua P, Wolfe D, Yazdi F, Rice DB, Dube C, Kanji S, Rostom A, Hassen A, Skidmore B, Moher D, Hutton B. The Comparative Safety of Bowel Cleansers: Protocol for a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis. BMJ Open. 2018;8(6), 1-8.


Thombs BD, Levis B, Rice DB, Wu Y, Benedetti A. Reducing Waste and Increasing the Usability of Psychiatry Research: The Family of EQUATOR Reporting Guidelines and One of its Newest Members, the PRISMA-DTA Statement. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;63(8), 509-512.


Vermeer J, McIntyre A, Janzen S, Rice D, Allen, L, Ure D, Teasell, R. Depressive Symptoms in Individuals Post Stroke in a Home-Based Rehabilitation Setting. Neurology Research International. 2018(4), 1-8.


Levis B, Benedetti A, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Levis AW, Azar M, Rice DB et al. & Thombs BD. Probability of Major Depression Diagnostic Classification Between Semi-structured and Fully Structured Diagnostic Interviews: an Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;212, 377-385. doi:10.1192/bjp.2018.54


Jewett LR, Gumuchian ST, Rice DB, Kolorz F, Harrison P, Thombs BD. Factors associated with negative observer responses towards individuals with visible differences: a scoping review. Body Image. 2018;25:103-132.


Rice DB, Cañedo Ayala M, Turner KA, Gumuchian ST, Malcarne VL, Hagedoorn M, Thombs BD, Scleroderma Caregiver Advisory Committee. Use of the nominal group technique to identify stakeholder priorities and inform survey development: an example with informal caregivers of people with scleroderma. BMJ Open. 2018;8:e019726.


Rice DB, Mehta S, Serrato J, Pope JE, Harth M, Sequiera K, Morley-Forster P, Shapiro AP, Teasell RW. Stress in Patients Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis Compared to Chronic Pain. Rehabilitation Psychology. 2017;62(4), 571-579.


Azar M, Rice DB, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier M-E, Shrier I, Bartlett SJ, Hudson M, Mouthon L, Poiraudeau S, van den Ende CHM, Johnson SR, Rodriguez Reyna TS, Schouffoer AA, Welling J, Thombs BD, SPIN Investigators. Exercise Habits and Factors Associated with Exercise in Systemic Sclerosis: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) Cohort Study. Disabil Rehabil. 2018;40(17):1997-2003. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1323023


Rice DB, McIntyre A, Mirkowski M, Janzen S, Vianna R, Britt E, Teasell RW. Patient-Centered Goal Setting in a Hospital-Based Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Center. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017;9, 856-865. doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.12.004.


Mehta S, Rice D, Chan A, Shapiro AP, Sequeira K, Teasell RW. Impact of Abuse on Adjustment and Chronic Pain Disability: A Structural Equation Model. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2017;33(8), 687-693. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000469


Delisle VC, Gumuchian ST, Rice DB, Levis AW, Kloda LA, Körner A, Thombs BD. Perceived benefits and factors that influence the ability to establish and maintain patient support groups in rare diseases: A scoping review. The Patient - Patient–Centered Outcomes Research. 2017;10(3):283-293.


Rice DB, Kloda LA, Shrier I, Thombs BD. Reporting quality in abstracts of meta-analyses of depression screening tool accuracy was deficient based on PRISMA for Abstracts. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e012867.


Jewett LR, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier M-E, Malcarne VL, Bartlett SJ, Furst DE, Gottesman K, Mayes MD, Assassi S, Harcourt D, Williamson H, Johnson SR, Körner A, Steen V, Fox RS, Gholizadeh S, Mills SD, Rice DB, Thombs BD, SPIN Investigators. Examination of the Association of Sex and Race/Ethnicity with Appearance Concerns: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) Cohort Study. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. 2016;100(5), 92-99.


Rice DB, Kloda LA, Shrier I, Thombs BD. Reporting Completeness and Transparency of Meta-analyses of Depression Screening Tool Accuracy: A Comparison of Meta-analyses Published Before and After the PRISMA Statement. J Psychosom Res. 2016;87:57-69.


Rice DB, Kloda LA, Levis B, Qi B, Kingsland E, Thombs BD. Are MEDLINE searches sufficient for systematic reviews of the diagnostic test accuracy of depression screening tools? A review of meta-analyses. J Psychosom Res. 2016;87:7-13.


MacKenzie H, Rice DB, Sealy M, Cox PD, Deathe BA, Payne MWC. Barriers to Outcome Measurement Administration and Completion at Discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation of People with Amputation. Journal of Rehabilitation and Research Development. 2016;53(6), 1061-1068. doi:10.1682/JRRD.2015.07.0142


Thombs BD, Rice DB. Sample sizes and precision of estimates of sensitivity and specificity from primary studies on the diagnostic accuracy of depression screening tools: A survey of recently published studies. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2016;25(2):145-152.


Rice DB, Shrier I, Kloda LA, Benedetti A, Thombs BD. Methodological quality of meta-analyses of the diagnostic accuracy of depression screening tools was suboptimal based on AMSTAR. J Psychosom Res. 2016;84:84-92.


Rice DB, Thombs BD. Inclusion of Currently Diagnosed or Treated Patients in Studies of Depression Screening Tool Accuracy: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Recently Published Primary Studies and Meta-Analyses. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(2):e0150067.


Rice D, Janzen S, McIntyre A, Vermeer J, Britt E, Teasell R. Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program: Hospital-Based Stroke Outpatient Rehabilitation. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2016;25(5), 1158-1164. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.02.007


Rice DB, Mehta S, Pope JE, Harth M, Shapiro A, Teasell R. Dispositional Affect in Unique Subgroups of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Pain Research and Management. 2016;1024985, 1-9. doi:10.1155/2016/1024985


Mehta S, Rice D, McIntyre A, Getty H, Speechley M, Sequeira K, Shapiro AP, Morley-Forster P, Teasell RW. Identification and Characterization of Unique Subgroups of Chronic Pain Individuals with Dispositional Personality Traits. Pain Research and Management. 2016;5187631, 1-7. doi:10.1155/2016/5187631


Rice D, Mehta S, Getty H, Sequeria K, Pope J, Harth M, Morley-Forster P, Shapiro AP, Teasell R. Psychological Distress in Out-Patients Assessed for Chronic Pain Compared to those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Pain Research and Management. 2016;7071907, 1-7. doi:10.1155/2016/7071907


Mehta S, Rice D, Janzen S, Pope JE, Harth M, Shapiro AP, Teasell RW. Mood, Disability, and Quality of Life Among a Subgroup of Rheumatoid Arthritis Individuals with Experiential Avoidance and Anxiety Sensitivity. Pain Research and Management. 2016;7241856, 1-7. doi:10.1155/2016/7241856


Mehta S, Rice D, Serrato J, Janzen S, Getty H, Shapiro AP, Morley-Forster P, Sequeira K, Teasell RW. The Long Term Role of Anxiety Sensitivity and Experiential Avoidance on Pain Intensity, Mood, and Disability among Individuals in a Specialist Pain Clinic. Pain Research and Management. 6954896, 2016;1-7. doi:10.1155/2016/6954896


Vermeer J, Rice D, McIntyre A, Ricardo V, Macaluso S, Teasell R. Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Individuals Attending Outpatient Stroke Clinics. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016;39(1), 43-49. doi:10.3109/09638288.2016.1140837


Levis B, Rice DB, Kwakkenbos L, Steele R, Hagedoorn M, Hudson M, Baron M, Thombs BD, Canadian Scleroderma Research Group. Using marital status and continuous marital satisfaction ratings to predict depressive symptoms in married and unmarried women with systemic sclerosis: A Canadian Scleroderma Research Group study. Arthritis Care & Res. 2016;68(8):1143-1149.


Campbell N, Rice D, Friedman, L, Speechley M, Teasell R. Screening and Facilitating Further Assessment for Cognitive Impairment After Stroke: Application of a Shortened Montreal Cognitive Assessment (miniMoCA). Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015;38(6), 601-4. doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1047968


Rice D, Campbell N, Friedman L, Speechley M, Teasell R. The Cognistat (Neurobehavioural Cognitive Status Exam): Administering the Full Test in Stroke Patients for Optimal Results. Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2015;62(2), 116-122. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12182


Teasell R, Rice D, Richardson M, Campbell N, Madady M, Murie-Fernandez M, Hussein N, Page S. The Next Revolution in Stroke Care. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2014;14(11), 1307-1314. doi:10.1586/14737175.2014.968130

Presentations (selected):

Select Poster Presentations:

Carboni-Jiménez A, Rice DB, Thombs BD. Examining Caregiver Intensity and Perceived Burden of Informal Caregivers to Persons with Chronic Medical Conditions: A Systematic Review. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 2018.


Rice DB, Cañedo-Ayala M, Gumuchian TS, Hagedoorn M, Malcarne V, Thombs BD. Focus Group Discussions to Inform the Development of Services for Informal Caregivers of Patients with Scleroderma. 5th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress, Bordeaux, France, February, 2018.


Rice DB, Cañedo-Ayala M, Carrier M-E, Cumin J, Malcarne V, Hagedoorn M, Thombs BD, and the Caregiver Advisory Committee. Challenges and Service Preferences of Informal Caregivers of People with Systemic Sclerosis. 5th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress, Bordeaux, France, February 2018.


Cañedo-Ayala M, Rice DB, Levis B, Carrier M-E, Cumin J, Malcarne V, Hagedoorn M, Thombs BD, Caregiver Advisory Committee. Caregiver, Care Recipient, and Caregiving Factors Associated with Symptoms of Depression among Informal Caregivers of People Living with Systemic Sclerosis. 5th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress, Bordeaux, France, February 2018.


Levis B, Benedetti A, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Levis AW, Azar M, Rice DB, Chiovitti M, Thombs BD, and the DEPRESSD Research Group. Are clinician-administered semi-structured interviews and lay-administered fully structured interviews equivalent gold standards for major depression? An individual patient data meta-analysis. Global Evidence Summit, Cape Town, South Africa. September 2017.


Select Oral Presentations:

Xu Z, Rice DB, Sigman M. Requesting a compulsory treatment order: Psychology’s view from the witness stand. Presented at International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Quebec, June 2018.


Rice DB. Who’s who in mental health care? Clinical Psychology Representative for – Students’ Society of McGill University Mental Health Awareness Week. Montreal, Quebec, January 2017.


Rice DB. Coping with depression: How to effectively lift your mood. Dr. Michael Spevack Lecture Series, Montreal, Quebec, October 2016.


Rice DB. Methodological considerations in evidence synthesis. Collaboration of Rehabilitation Research Evidence, London, Ontario, July 2016.


Rice DB, Thombs BD. Sample size specification and population appropriateness in depression screening accuracy studies. In Thombs BD (Chair), Improving evidence-based psychological services by identifying and reducing reporting biases (Symposium). 2015 Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. June 2015.