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Name: Xi (Lydia) Tao

Email Address: lydia.xi.tao@gmail.com

Position: Research Coordinator 

Biography:

Lydia has been working with SPIN since May 2018. She graduated from McGill University with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Lydia's tasks include recruiting and communicating with research participants, renewing ethics, and assisting with grant applications and the development of online patient support interventions. Currently, she is coordinating the day-to-day tasks of the Scleroderma Support group Leader EDucation (SPIN-SSLED) Program Trial. She is interested in effective psychosocial interventions for individuals with special needs, and passionate about improving healthcare services for people with rare diseases through research. She also helps with organizational and administrative tasks related to a range of team projects.

Awards:

- Best KT Café Presentation Award ($100). The 9th Annual Edith Strauss Interactive Day, McGill University, 2019

EGSS Merit-based Master’s Leadership Fellowship (500 CAD). Faculty of Education, McGill University, 2017

- Dr. John A. Bryant Memorial Award (1,000 CAD). Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University, 2017

- Graduate Excellence Fellowship (5,296 CAD). Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University, 2016-2018

- Graduate Student Enhancement Award for Professional Development (250 CAD)*2. Faculty of Education, McGill University, 2016-2017

- Excellent Graduation Thesis Award (500 CNY). Huaiyin Normal University, 2016

- Provincial Government Scholarship of Overseas Studies for Undergraduates (20,000 CNY). Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (China), 2015

- First Prize in Chinese National Educational and Scientific Achievements. Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, 2015

- Merit-based Distinction Award. Huaiyin Normal University, 2015

Publications:

Thombs BD, Dyas L, Pépin M, Aguila K, Carrier M-E, Tao L, Harb S, Malcarne VL, El-Baalbaki G, Peláez S, Sauvé M, Hudson M, Platt RW, SPIN-SSLED Patient Advisory Team. Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network – Scleroderma Support group Leader EDucation (SPIN-SSLED) Program: Non-randomised feasibility trial. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e029935.

Tao L, Fedoruk C, Turner K, Cumin J, Carrier M-E, Carboni-Jiménez A, Pépin M, Kwakkenbos L, Thombs BD, SPIN Patient Advisory Board. The Scleroderma Research Topics Survey for patients and health care professionals: a Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) project. J Scleroderma Relat Disord. 2019;4(3):165-172.

Wong TKY, Konishi C, Tao L. A social-emotional pathway to promoting math self-concept: The moderating role of sex. Educational Psychology. 2019;39(9):1119-1135.

Wong TKY, Tao X, Konishi C. Teacher support in learning: Instrumental and appraisal support in relation to math achievement. Issues in Educational Research. 2018;28(1):202-219.

Presentations:

Oral presentations:

Kwakkenbos L, Tao L, Carboni-Jiménez A. Turner KA, Aguila K, Boruff J, Ahmed S, Thombs BD. Perceived barriers and facilitators of using synchronous telerehabilitation of physical and occupational therapy in musculoskeletal disorders: A scoping review. The 9th Annual Edith Strauss Interactive Day. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2019.

Kwakkenbos L, Carrier ME, Turner K, Tao L, Aguila K, Carboni Jimenez, Canedo Ayala M, Harb S, Welling J, Sauve M, van den Ende C, Schouffoer A, Hudson M, Nguyen C, Boutron I, Rannou F, Thombs B, Mouthon L, and the SPIN Investigators. Randomized controlled trial of an internet-based exercise program to improve hand function in patients with scleroderma: a Scleroderma Patient- centered Intervention Network (SPIN) study. 6th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress. Prague, Czech Republic, March 2020.

Poster presentations (selected):

Tao L, Kwakkenbos, L, Carboni-Jiménez A, Turner KA, Aguila K, Boruff J, Ahmed S, Thombs BD. Perceived barriers and facilitators of using synchronous telerehabilitation of physical and occupational therapy in musculoskeletal disorders: A scoping review. 6th Systemic Sclerosis World Congress. Prague, Czech Republic, March 2020.

 

Tao L, Cumin J, Turner KA, Carrier M-E, Fedoruk C, Carboni-Jiménez A, Pépin M, Kwakkenbos L, Thombs BD. The Scleroderma Research Topics Survey for patients and health care professionals: A Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) project. 2019 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February-March, 2019.

 

Fedoruk C, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier M-E, Rice DB, Turner KA, Cañedo-Ayala M, Carboni-Jiménez A, Tao L, Harb S, Gholizadeh S, Aguila K, Thombs BD. The Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN): engaging patients in rheumatology research. 2019 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February-March, 2019.

 

Thombs BD, Kwakkenbos L, Carrier M-E, Rice DB, Fedoruk C, Turner K, Cañedo-Ayala M, Carboni-Jiménez A, Tao L, Harb S, Gholizadeh S, Aguila K, Sauve M, SPIN Investigators. Addressing Challenges to Patient-centered Care in a Rare Disease Context: The Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN). 2019 Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February-March, 2019.

Tao X, Konishi C. Examining the role of student-teacher relationship on math achievement in relation to socioeconomic status. 25th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. July 2018.

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