Internal Faculty Collaborators

Marni Binder
Lorella Di Cintio
Donna Koller
Kathryn Woodcock

Marni Binder is an Assistant Professor at the School of Early Childhood at Ryerson University, where she also teaches in the Early Childhood Studies graduate program. Research interests lie in the pictorial representations of children, multiple literacies, multimodalities, children’s visual narratives, the arts and literacy, transformative literacy and exploring how quality picture books shape early literacy experiences for culturally and linguistically diverse young children. Previous research explored “How the Visual Arts Transform Literacy Understanding of Identity Texts in Young Children“, Dr. Marni Binder (PI) and Sally Kotsopoulos. Current research interests are in exploring how the visual arts create semiotic spaces for narrative scripts for young children, Story Play in the classroom and a developing international partnership with colleagues in Brazil and Spain entitled, “Museum without Borders: Intercultural Spaces and Multimodal Literacies of Understanding.”


Lorella Di Cintio is currently a faculty member with the School of Interior Design and an Associate with the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. She serves as an academic reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design. Her area of research focuses on the social and political positions undertaken by designers. Current projects explore and employ various design strategies in the areas of cross-cultural collaborative design learning, civic engagement and participation, food security activism and human-centered design models.

Donna Koller is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University within the department of Early Childhood Education since 2008. Previously, she was employed as the first Academic and Clinical Specialist in Child Life at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario. She has a doctoral degree in child development and applied psychology and has worked in three paediatric settings, both in clinical and research capacities. Currently, she holds an adjunct scientist position within the SickKids Research Institute under the Child Health Evaluative Sciences area. Her research interests include child participation rights in health care and paediatric psychosocial care. She is currently primary investigator on three studies while participating as co-investigator on others. A new project will evaluate multi-sensory stimulation (Snoezelen) with children in complex care at the Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto, Ontario. The EDGE lab will serve as a key component of the data analysis. Other current projects include interviews with typically developing children about the inclusion of children with special needs in their classrooms, and a qualitative study funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research on children’s participation in decision-making within paediatric settings. Her areas of expertise include: child participation in health care decision-making, children’s experiences of hospitalization and infectious outbreaks, and qualitative research methods with youth. Internationally, she has presented at several conferences and consulted with paediatric health care providers in the Middle East (Qatar) and across North America.

Kathryn Woodcock is an Associate Professor at Toronto’s Ryerson University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors and ergonomics. Her research interests include the application of human factors to occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility. She also heads the THRILL lab, researching and developing applications of Human Factors / Ergonomics to amusement ride safety ( as well as supervising graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program (MEGP).

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