Research Staff

Tara McDougall-coordinator

Tara received her Bachelors of Applied Science in Kinesiology with Honors from Guelph-Humber University and a degree in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College. After graduation Tara became a Registered Kinesiologist and worked with older adults prescribing exercise primarily for special populations. Eventually Tara discovered research was her true passion after taking on a side project recruiting participants for a biomechanics study. Tara left her practice to begin working full time in clinical research at Hamilton Health Sciences as a research assistant before moving to McMaster. Tara is now the full time Research Coordinator for Dr. Marla Beauchamp for the MacM3 research platform. In her spare time, Tara is a volunteer Girl Guide Leader and enjoys crafting and camping.

Dr. Renata Kirkwood-coordinator

Dr. Renata Kirkwood received her BSc (1991, Physical Therapy) from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, MSc (1994, School of Rehabilitation Therapy), and Ph.D. (1997, School of Medicine, Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology) from Queen’s University. After completing her Ph.D. she received post-doctoral training (1997-1998) at the Human Mobility Research Centre at Queen’s University.  Dr. Kirkwood began her academic career at Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she taught physical therapy students and was the subhead of the Physical Therapy program for three years.  In 2003, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.  She helped establish the Human Motion Laboratory where her research was focused on the investigation of the age-related effects on the biomechanics of gait that lead to falls.  In 2010, Dr. Kirkwood returned to Canada for her second post-doctoral training (2010-2011) in statistics at the Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University. She is currently a Research Coordinator at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University