Folarin is currently a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science program. He chose to obtain his doctoral degree in rehabilitation science at McMaster because of the combination of departments combined into one Faculty of Health Sciences. “This means I have the opportunity to learn in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and grow into a well-rounded researcher. The supervisory and advisory team is also home to some of the most reputable and cited researchers in rehabilitation science across Canada. This exposes me to a high level of training as I continue on the path to become an independent investigator” said Folarin.
Folarin has a diverse background having obtained his BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2001 and an MSc (Orthopedic) Physiotherapy degree in 2006 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He completed an MSc degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2010. He completed a comprehensive exam that was focused on cataloguing the evidence for therapeutic alliance in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and the design and delivery of a therapist-based knowledge translation initiative for improving exercise adherence. His PhD research is focused on investigating how a web based behavioral intervention that addresses psychosocial risk factors can be used to reduce prolonged pain and disability and facilitate return to work and physical activity after a distal radius fracture. This research is mainly targeted at the younger adult populations who have not received much attention in distal radius fracture research.
Folarin has enjoyed the various aspects of the PhD program including meeting and working with other trainees. “The population is diverse and rich with opportunities to learn from individuals with different cultures, background, training and research focused on several unique aspects of healthcare, “said Folarin.
Folarin feels the RS program at McMaster provides an enriching experience where you are guided to unlearn habits that limit your effectiveness as a research trainee and develop skills that will make you successful as an independent investigator. “The Faculty have diverse experience in various types of research methods with research topics ranging from adult to pediatric population. It is a unique environment to learn because you are challenged to be the best that you can be with all the support imaginable”.