Faculty Member

Amy McPherson PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416 425 6220 x6378
Office Address
Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 150 Kilgour Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • children and youth
  • chronic conditions / disability
  • health and well-being/ health promotion
  • obesity
  • participation and inclusion
  • multimedia education
  • healthcare consultations

Education & Training History

I have a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK, and am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Current Research Projects

  • An environmental scan of weight assessment and management practices in paediatric spina bifida clinics across Canada. McPherson, AC (PI), Church, P, Lyons, J, Chen, L. (CIs)
  • How do children  with disabilities view health & well-being? A qualitative exploratory study. Principal investigator (PI) Amy McPherson, co-investigator (CI) Sally Lindsay
  • Evaluation of a health promotion program for children with disabilities. PI Amy McPherson, CI Sally Lindsay
  • Development of a quality assessment tool for online health information aimed at children and youth about paediatric chronic conditions. PI Amy McPherson, CI Jennifer Stinson.
  • A retrospective mixed-methods study of the effects of an immersion independence program for youth with disabilities. Co-PIs Gillian King & Shauna Kingsnorth, CIs Amy McPherson, Kimberlea Jones- Galley.

Representative Publications

  • McPherson, AC & Lindsay, S. (2012) How do children with disabilities view ‘healthy living’? A pilot study. Disability & Health Journal 5 (3) 201-209.
  • King, G, Curran, CJ, McPherson, AC. (2012) A Four-Part Ecological Model of Community-focused Therapeutic Recreation and Life Skills Services to Support the Participation of Children with Disabilities. Child: Care, Health & Development. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01390.x
  • Wells, F, Ritchie, D, McPherson, AC. (2012) “It is life threatening but I don’t mind”. A qualitative study using Photo Elicitation Interviews to explore young people’s experiences of renal replacement therapies. Child: Care, Health & Development.          DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01399.x.
  • Lindsay, SL & McPherson, AC (2011) Experiences of social exclusion and bullying at school among children and youth with cerebral palsy. Disability & Rehabilitation 1-9, Early Online. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2011.587086.
  • Lindsay, SL & McPherson, AC (2011) Strategies for improving disability awareness and social inclusion: Listening to the voices of children with cerebral palsy. Published online Child: Care, Health & Development. 38 (6) 809-816.
  • McPherson, AC (2010) Involving children: Why it matters. Ch 2 in SA Redsell & A Hastings Listening to children and young people in healthcare consultations. Radcliffe: Oxford.
  • McPherson, AC & Redsell, SA (2009) Factors affecting children’s involvement in asthma consultations: a questionnaire survey of general practitioners and primary care asthma nurses. Primary Care Respiratory Journal 18(1), 15-20.
  • Glazebrook, C, McPherson, AC, Macdonald, IA, Swift, JA, Ramsay, C, Newbould, R. & Smyth, A (2006) Asthma as a barrier to children’s physical activity: implications for body mass index and mental health. Pediatrics 118(6), 2443-2449.
  • McPherson, AC, Glazebrook, C, Forster, D, James, C & Smyth, A. (2006) A Randomised, Controlled Trial to evaluate an interactive educational computer package for children with Asthma. Pediatrics 117,1046-1054.
  • McPherson, AC, Glazebrook, C, Smyth, A (2005) Educational interventions- computers for delivering education to children with respiratory conditions and their parents. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, 6, 215- 226
  • McPherson, A, Forster, D, Glazebrook, C, Smyth, A (2002) The Asthma Files: Evaluation of a multimedia package for children’s asthma education. Paediatric Nursing 14 (2), 32- 35.
  • McPherson, A, Glazebrook, C & Smyth, A (2001) Double click for health: the role of multimedia in asthma education. Archives of Disease in Childhood 85, 447-449.