Resumé

Alison Smith Ph.D.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416 554 7328
info@alisonsmith.com

Highlights

  • Ten years of academic/scientific writing experience. Seven years of medical writing experience.
  • Excellent writing, copy-editing, and time management skills.
  • Detail oriented planner. Respected for strong work ethic, loyalty, and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Experience writing manuscripts, abstracts, posters, brochures, slide-deck kits, blog-posts, newsletters, grant proposals, e-learning and patient educations materials.
  • Three first author publications. 2012 paper featured on the cover of Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • Solid clinical/medical science background with experience in the following therapeutic areas: neuroscience/neurology, sport/health sciences, anatomy/physiology, minor in dermatology.
  • Advanced PC and Mac computer skills. Microsoft: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook; Adobe Presenter, Camtastia, iMovie, Audacity, WordPress, and RefWorks.
  • Seven years of e-learning experience.
  • Curriculum developer, e-course creator and instructor at the University of Waterloo. Course entitled: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology (AHS 150).
  • Eleven years of hands-on neuroscience research experience.
  • Fourteen years of higher education teaching experience (university).
  • Outgoing personality. Experience and comfort presenting to small departmental (<10 persons) and large scientific symposia (>200 persons).

Education

Ph.D. (Neuroscience)
Sept 2005-Sept 2009
Funded by NSERC PGS-D
University of Waterloo
Dept. of Kinesiology
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. R. Staines
Affiliated with Sunnybrook: Centre for Stroke Recovery

M.Sc. (Neuroscience)
Sept 2003-June 2005
Funded by OGS
York University
Dept. of Kinesiology
Toronto, ON, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. R. Staines
Summa Cum Laude

B.A. (Kinesiology/Athletic Therapy)
Sept 1998-April 2003
York University. Dept. of Kinesiology. Toronto, ON, Canada
Magna Cum Laude

Additional Courses

Grammar Essentials for Writers and Editors (CDPB 400)                                 
Ryerson University
Publishing Program
Toronto, ON, Canada

Professional Experience

Consulting Science Advisor 

  • Natural Calm Canada: Provided in-class sales rep training, created seven training videos, spoke at CHFA West and East, and appeared on the Goodness Me! Radio Show.
  • Monnol: Researched, wrote, and edited a scientific white paper to educated sales reps. 

Consulting Medical Writer
2009-Present

  • Metrix Group Inc. (Canada), contract medical writer.
    • Slide deck kits for Stiefel/GSK sales representative training.
  • Covalon Technologies (Canada), contract medical writer.
    • Poster comparing two antibiotic infused skin-bandaging products.
  • Neurofrontier (U.S.A.), contract medical writer.
    • Slide deck kit creator for neuroscience-based presentations.
  • Demand Studios (U.S.A.), medical writer.
    • Over 300 health & disease articles written for the general public.
  • THINKScience (Japan), substantive copy-editor.
    • Extensively edited scientific papers for Japanese researchers.
  • The Med Writers (U.S.A.), medical writer & editor.
    • Edited and created medical pamphlets, documents, and educational materials for medical professionals.

Freelance Writer
2015-Present

  • Best Health Magazine
  • Inside Fitness Magazine
  • LiveStrong.com

Website Designer
2013-Present

  • rainbowfoameez.com
  • derekscott.ca

Adjunct Faculty Member
2011-Present

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Course instructor: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology

Web-Based Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum Developer & e-Course Creator
2009-2010

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Curriculum developer and writer of lecture and visual content for e-course: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology

Documentary Film Producer
2011-2012

  • Film coordinator and copywriter for a documentary focusing on an infectious disease called Lyme Disease, and its effects on the Canadian population.

Neuroscience Consultant
2010-2012

  • NeuroFrontier (U.S.A.)
  • NeuroFrontier is a company that provides corporate project management solutions based on current neuroscientific data.
  • Provided neuroscience research and expertise to support NeuroFrontier training initiatives that educate corporate managers about the relationship between brain function, behaviour, and project outcomes.

Teaching Experience                      

Course Instructor (Human Anatomy/Physiology)                                                           
2011-Present
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Gross Anatomy Lab Instructor                                                                               
2005-2006
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Neuroanatomy Lab Instructor                                                                                            
2005-2006
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Neuroanatomy Guest Lecturer                                                                              
2005
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Athletic Therapy II Guest Lecturer                                                                                   
2005 
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Athletic Injuries Guest Lecturer                                                                           
2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Motor Learning Lab Instructor                                                                              
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Statistics Tutorial Leader                                                                                       
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Athletic Therapy I Guest Lecturer
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Publications                             

Peer Reviewed Publications

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2012). Externally cued inphase bimanual training enhances preparatory premotor activity. Clinical Neurophysiology. March 6; 125(9): 1846-57.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2010). Cortical and behavioral adaptations in response to inphase versus antiphase bimanual movement training. Experimental Brain Research. Aug 14; 205(4): 465-77.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2006). Bimanual training induced cortical adaptations: Event-related potentials and behavioral responses. Brain Research. Feb 3; 1071(1):165-74.

Published Refereed Abstracts

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Cortical adaptations associated with self-paced wrist movement in response to in-phase bimanual movement training. Conference Poster (#579.10): Society for Neuroscience 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster. ACRM 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster. CIHR Research Forum, Winnipeg, 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster (#828.27): Society for Neuroscience 2007.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Cortical networks subserving movement-related cortical potentials to self-paced and cued wrist flexion movements. Conference Poster (#559.17): Society for Neuroscience 2006.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Rapid learning-related cortical adaptations associated with short-term practice of a bimanual visuomotor task. Conference Poster (#641.9): Society for Neuroscience 2005.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Bimanual training induced cortical adaptations: Event-related potentials and behavioural responses. Conference Poster (#432.16): Society for Neuroscience 2004.

Book Publications

Saunders, J. (2014). Wild + precious: A guide to loving yourself, following your bliss, and changing the world. Contributing author for two chapters. Australia: Create Space. 416 pages.

Selection of Published Web-Based Articles (over 300 articles published)

Smith, A.L. (August 11, 2011). How Do Antioxidants Work in the Body? http://www.livestrong.com/article/282807-how-do-antioxidants-work-in-the-body

Smith, A.L. (April 17, 2011). Is Fish Oil Good for the Nervous System? http://www.livestrong.com/article/422972-is-fish-oil-good-for-the-nervous-system

Smith, A.L. (March 28, 2011). A Tumor of the Right Temporal Lobe. http://www.livestrong.com/article/174831-a-tumor-of-the-right-temporal-lobe

Smith, A.L. (July 18, 2010). Effects to the Brain After a Stroke. http://www.livestrong.com/article/178018-effects-to-the-brain-after-a-stroke

Smith, A.L. (June 21, 2010). A Brain Implant for Parkinson’s. http://www.livestrong.com/article/155028-a-brain-implant-for-parkinsons

Academic Honours and Awards

PGS-D NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
National Tri-Council Doctoral Research Award
Value: $63,000
University of Waterloo

President’s Scholarship
Awarded to Tri-Council Award Recipients
Value: $15,000
University of Waterloo

Kinesiology Award
Awarded to Tri-Council Award Recipients
Value: $15,000
University of Waterloo

Provost’s Doctoral Entrance Scholarship
Value: $5000
University of Waterloo

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Provincial Research Award
Value: $15,000
York University

Master’s Program Entrance Scholarship
Value: $3000
York University

Lilly D’Urzo Scholarship
Value: $1200
York University

York Scholarship
Value: $1000
York University

Stuart A. Roebuck Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1000
York University

Kinesiology Award
Value: $1000
York University