Stefanie Blain-Moraes

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Associate Member
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Stefanie Blain-Moraes
Contact Information
Address: 

Davis House, Room DB6-B
3654 Prom-Sir-William-Osler
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y5

Email address: 
stefanie.blain-moraes [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Areas of expertise: 
  • Enhancing interaction with non-communicative individuals

Care providers can experience considerable distress and frustration when trying to interact with individuals who cannot produce vocal or other observable responses.  These individuals may be non-communicative for a variety of reasons, ranging from acute traumatic injury to a congenital disability.  Caregivers of these individuals can end up confining their interactions to custodial care, especially when their social interaction is unreciprocated for a long period of time.  Such situations can lead to caregiver burnout and place the non-communicative individual at risk for neglect and/or family abandonment.  The BIAPT lab develops novel technologies that provide visual and auditory manifestations of a non-communicative individual’s physiological responsiveness, with the goal of enhancing interaction between non-communicative individuals and their caregivers.  We are currently focusing on biomusic, which translates meaningful changes in the autonomic nervous system into auditory output.

  • Assessing levels of consciousness and cognition in non-communicative individuals

Accurate assessment of non-communicative individuals is extremely challenging.  Behavioural assessment remains the “gold standard”, yet using these techniques to assess levels of consciousness has resulted in a greater than 40% misdiagnosis rates

Research areas: 
Signals and Systems
Imaging and Microscopy
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Area(s): 
Consciousness
Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Signal Processing
Assistive Technology
Neurophysiology
Biosignal Interaction
Personhood
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