RREES is a consulting firm dedicated to providing state of the art management information and clinical educational services to the rehabilitation, insurance, workers' compensation and public sectors. Its mandate is to continually research, develop and evolve products, methodologies and services that serve to establish and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of rehabilitation facilities. RREES is currently in the final phase of implementing a comprehensive outcome measurement system ROMS for outpatient facilities to guide and track the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and associated psychological conditions. RREES employs a strong interdisciplinary team of academic and clinical research scientists/consultants and information technology professionals to achieve its mandate.
RREES research initiatives are affiliated with the Mental Health Program/Psychology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough, industry funding partner Multi-Health Systems (www.mhs.com) and national accelerate grant funder MITACS (www.mitacs.ca). In this regard RREES works in close collaboration with the lab of Dr. Konstantine Zakzanis (Associate Chair, Mental Health/Coop; Professor Psychology/Neuroscience; Research Scientist, CAMH) towards developing a ROMS based Centre for Excellence in Assessment and Rehabilitation--a world wide data repository dedicated to evidence based best practice interventions and related cultural sensitivity.
RREES also works in close collaboration with Dr. Michelle Keightley, Senior Clinician Scientist (University of Toronto), Holland Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury with respect to developing pediatric normative data on RREES-ROMS outcome measures and with respect to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder oriented research including in the context of a unique pre-sentencing multi-disciplinary protocol.
Dr. J. Douglas Salmon, Jr. - Chief Executive Officer
Dr. J. Douglas Salmon, Jr. [click for CV] holds a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a doctorate specializing in rehabilitation and neuro-psychology. He is the author and co-author of numerous rehabilitation assessment and outcome evaluation instruments including the Rehabilitation Checklist; the Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological and Health Status Inventory; and the Rehabilitation Activities of Daily Living Survey in addition to the Rehabilitation Outcome Measurement System (ROMS), among others. He is also the author of Recovery from Whiplash, Concussion and Brain Injury: A guide and workbook for injured persons, their loved ones and caregivers, the Rehabilitation Education and Coping Series, and treatment resource materials including the Neuropsychological Evaluation Summary & Rehabilitation Strategies Series, among others.
Dr. Salmon has held senior clinical and administrative positions at the clinic and corporate levels overseeing brain injury, psychological and complex injury rehabilitation services. He has been a recognized DAC (Catastrophic Impairment, Medical/ Rehabilitation, Disability, Residual Earning Capacity) examiner and has also been on the graduate research staff with the University Centre for International Rehabilitation (Michigan State University). His interdisciplinary facility RTW Integrated Health Management (RIHM) consults widely to public and private rehabilitation clinics, agencies and case management firms for the purposes of clinical consultation/treatment, program development and training. RIHM follows a social enterprise model with primary operation as an inter-disciplinary rehabilitation facility providing clinical evaluation and treatment for brain injury, chronic pain and other complex disability populations. He is also the Managing Director of Synergy Integrated Assessments (SIA) which provides state of the art third party and medical legal assessments including multi-disciplinary Catastrophic/Post 104 determinations). Dr. Salmon also oversees Rehabilitation Research Education and Evaluation Services (RREES), devoted to research, outcome/rehabilitation measurement and educational/treatment product development. He has published a variety of technical manuals, book chapters and professional articles and is an active researcher in an array of rehabilitation areas and regularly presents research and theoretical papers to local, national and international forums. Click here for research program and resources library.
Dr. Salmon has served on the Financial Services Commission’s (FSCO) development committee for the Residual Earning Capacity Designated Assessment Centre (DAC) and the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) Subcommittee of FSCO’s Catastrophic DAC Development Committee. He currently serves on the Ontario Psychological Association MVA Task Force, and in the past the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment Standards and Guidelines Committee. He is a past board and committee member of the Ontario Rehab Alliance, with roles in formulating the organization’s positions regarding SABs proposed/completed updates and FSCO licensing implementation. He chaired the Mental and Behavioural Disorders Subcommittee of FSCO’s Catastrophic DAC Development Committee, the Ad Hoc Medical/Rehabilitation DAC Psychologists’ Psychological Treatment Guidelines Development Committee, provided consultations to the Minister’s (of Finance) DAC Committee and provided the initial clinical training for the CAT DAC OT’s across the province pertaining to GOS, brain injury and Mental/Behavioural best-practice protocols. Dr. Salmon was also an invited member of the Healthy Communities (Social Determinants of Health) Subcommittee of the Minister’s Advisory Committee–Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He currently co-chairs the Interdisciplinary Insurer Examination and Rehabilitation Certification Development Committee. Dr. Salmon is a senior lecturer and the primary trainer for the Mental/Behavioural, Glasgow Coma Scale, Glasgow Outcome Scale and brain injury ratings segments within the sole university based Catastrophic Impairment-AMA Guides Certification program in Ontario. Further, he is the CAT DAC psychologist whose clinical opinions have been fully supported in: the recent landmark Pastore Ontario Court of Appeal decision (recognizing chronic pain entitlement for CAT and entitlement requirement of only one Marked Mental/Behavioural domain); and, the prior landmark CAT Liu Ontario Court of Appeal decision (pertaining to Glasgow Coma Scale interpretation).
Dr. Salmon developed the clinical in-home family wrap-around model (www.cfcaa.com/index2.html) that was reviewed by Healthy Communities (social determinants of health) Subcommittee and sited as a model in Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Strategy: Creating healthy communities, Minister's Advisory Committee, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, January 2010. In this regard, the model addresses the Ministry`s objectives in addressing the social determinants of health, particularly in the context of marginalized communities.
His RIHM facility has a social-enterprise aspect (www.rtwintegratedhealth.com/services-offered/public-service-program-initiatives)with focus on the Indigenous community providing the following programs and services: clinical/vocational in-home/family wrap-around model in association with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, and the Native Learning Centre (East); neuropsychological assessment and consultation for the Aboriginal Legal Services(ALS)/Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) pilot Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Gladue Pre-Sentencing interdisciplinary assessment service (supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario). Recently Ontario Attorney General’s office funded, RIHM also provides diagnostic assessment, training and complementary OT wrap-around services to the ALS intervention service for at-risk and criminally-involved individuals with confirmed/suspected FASD.
Dr. Salmon as the neuropsychologist lead, with ALS, York University, Ontario Psychological Association and University of Toronto Scarborough's Mental Health/Psychology partners have recently applied for a substantive Developmental Services Research Grant, with stated objective to further support the validation of an existing online cognitive screening protocol with the aim to improve resource allocation of expensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments in these two sectors: Towards more timely/enhanced input into Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and, tailored programming for at-risk/justice system involved persons. Dr. Salmon currently sits on the KGO Literacy Improvement Collaborative and the Scarborough Renewal Organization’s Economic Development Committee and is its liaison to the Scarborough Business Association. With internationally recognized scholar Dr. H. Williams from Exeter University, Dr. Salmon also co-leads a new international Neuro-Justice Consortium initiative which serves to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system world-wide. Click here for further details: Neurodisability and Indigenous Criminal Justice Overrepresentation: Literature background; An FASD/Neurodisability "Eco-System" Approach; Towards an International Neuro-Justice Consortium.
Dr. Marek J. Celinski - Vice President Research/Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Celinski [click for CV] has been a rehabilitation psychologist and a provider of neuropsychological services in his private practice focusing on rehabilitation and assessment of head injury since 1977. Previously he was the Senior Psychologist and Consultant to the Head Injury Program at the Downsview Rehabilitation Centre (WCB) until its closure. Presently, he remains a part-time consultant with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Dr. Celinski studied under Alexander Luria in Moscow and Prof. Egon Weigl in Berlin. He has presented at national and international conferences, and has published more than 50 papers and book chapters on the subjects of clinical psychology, rehabilitation, neuropsychology and hypnosis. He has authored and co-authored a number of clinical and rehabilitation tests and materials currently in various stages of publication and development with RREES. These activities include his having co-authored (with Dr. Salmon) the Rehabilitation Survey of Problems and Coping, the Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological and Health Status Inventory, and the Headache and Dizziness components of the Rehabilitation Education and Coping Series.
Dr. Celinski also offers workshops to mental health professionals and therapists on the subjects of resilience (the strength to survive in challenging situations without breaking down) and resourcefulness that facilitates recovery and coping in a broad range of physical, psychosocial and, especially, psychotraumatic conditions. He is the author of a number of papers and book chapters and a co-author of the following scales that are particularly relevant to this respect: Resilience to Trauma Scale (Research Edition, with Dr. Salmon), Resourcefulness for Recovery Inventory (Research Edition) and Social Intelligence Scale (which is regarded as a “resource” for facilitating social adaptation; with Dr. Salmon).Click here for research program and resources library.
Samuel E. Erlenbach - Director of Operations and Information Technology
Samuel holds a Masters of Science in Engineering with a focus in artificial intelligence. For 12 years, he has worked in software project development in aeronautics, telecommunications and manufacturing, primarily in Silicon Valley, in the capacities of software engineer and project consultant. His primary strengths lie in the areas of software design, engineering, trouble-shooting and project management. He has overseen the development of RREES’ flagship software application the Rehabilitation Outcome Measurement System (ROMS), and evolved its unique fax based infrastructure. Mr. Erlenbach is responsible for the implementation, day-to-day operation and evolution of the ROMS service. He also oversees the Information Technology division of the company.
Kyrsten Grimes - Research Coordinator
Kyrsten is currently completing the combined MA/PhD program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has a strong interest in the study of psychopathology, treatment outcome, and the ecological validity of assessment measures. Her program of research pertains to the development of positive symptoms in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. She is currently testing a cognitive model for the development of hallucinations in those with schizotypal traits and will use these findings to refine and test the model in patients with schizophrenia. Her dissertation will evaluate a new therapeutic intervention, based on the model, which may aid in eliminating hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia and act as a preventative therapy for those at risk of experiencing an acute episode of psychosis.
Tyler Salmon - Customer Service / IT Support
Tyler received his Bachelor of Arts at Carleton University with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Minor in Business. He has since worked in mental health, rehabilitation and financial settings. His previous work experience includes a field placement with the law firm of Beach, Munsterman & Associates, as well as having worked as an energy consultant for Solaire Energy Analytics. He is looking forward to continuing his studies in the form of a Master’s degree in Criminology. Tyler’s current role within RREES involves webROMS customer service/IT support, ROMS development facilitation and special projects oversight.
Sarah Haller - Research Associate
Sarah Haller has a Master of Education degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from OISE (University of Toronto). In addition to being a Research Associate to RREES, Sarah is currently pursuing an M.A./Ph.D. in Counselling and Clinical Psychology at OISE. The focus of her research is on addictive behaviours in adolescents and young adults.
Marco Sama - Research Assistant
Marco Sama is an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, specializing in psychology with a minor in biology. Marco balances his course work with active engagement in assisting laboratory research on the university campus, clinical research within Toronto, and science education outreach at community schools. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. His interests lie in many divisions of psychology including cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation, as well as neurophysiology and biological psychology. Marco has a strong statistical background and is also the current undergraduate Manager of Dr. K. Zakzanis University of Toronto - Scarborough neuropsychological research laboratory.