Briano Di Rezze

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 20009
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 436


Dr. Di Rezze is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  His research experience has been in developing measures to support clinical practice and to increase the rigour in rehabilitation research.  Areas of measurement development include conventional psychometric testing of clinical assessments, classification systems and measures evaluating intervention fidelity.  The aim of his research is to examine the impact of rehabilitation interventions on everyday participation and functioning of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disability (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, and cerebral palsy).  Dr. Di Rezze’s research program also engages families and other community stakeholders in community-based research approaches to address issues related to youth and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities transitioning into adulthood. More specific areas of interest include improving sustainable employment opportunities, social engagement and interdependent living.

Research Expertise

Keywords: function in autism, transition to adulthood, measurement development

Graduate Students

Dr. Di Rezze is not accepting graduate students for academic year 2019-2020.

Lab/Research Institute

CanChild, Centre for Childhood Disability Research
McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART)

Recent Publications

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Book Chapters

Stewart D, Di Rezze B. (2015) The Physical Determinants of Occupation. In McColl MA, Law MC & Stewart D (Eds.). Theoretical Basis of Occupational Therapy. Thorofare NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Journal Articles

Di Rezze B, Viveiros H, Pop R, Rampton G. (in press) A review of employment outcome measures in vocational research involving adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. J Vocat Rehabil. 2017.

Palisano RJ, Di Rezze B, Stewart D, Rosenbaum P, Hlyva O, Freeman M, et al. Life course health development of individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. 2017. Dev Med Child Neurol;59(5):470-6.

Nguyen T, Embrett M, Barr N, Mulvale G, Vania D, Randall G, Di Rezze B. Preventing youth from falling through the cracks between child/adolescent and adult mental health services: a systematic review of models of care. Community Ment Health J. 2017; 53(4):375-82.

Kruijsen-Terpstra A, Ellens M, Ketelaar M, Verschuren O, Di Rezze B, Gorter JW, et al. Child-focused and context-focused behaviors of physical and occupational therapists during treatment of young children with cerebral palsy. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2016;36(4):363-75.

Di Rezze B, Rosenbaum P, Zwaigenbaum L, Hidecker MJC, Stratford P, Cousins M, et al. Developing a classification system of social communication functioning of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016;58(9):942-8.

Di Rezze B, Nguyen T, Mulvale G, Barr NG, Longo CJ, Randall GE. A scoping review of evaluated interventions addressing developmental transitions for youth with mental health disorders. Child Care Health Dev. 2016;42(2):176-87.

Gannotti, ME, Law, M, Bailes, A, O’Neil, M, Williams, U, Di Rezze, B, Expert Panel. Comparative effectiveness research and children with cerebral palsy: identifying a conceptual framework and specifying measures. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016;28(1):58-69.

Volden J, Duku E, Shepherd C, Georgiades S, Bennett T, Di Rezze B, Szatmari P, Bryson S, Fombonne E, Mirenda P, Smith IM, Vaillancourt T, Waddell C, Zwaigenbaum L, Elsabbagh M, and the Pathways in ASD Study Team. (2015) Service utilization in a sample of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Canadian snapshot. Paediatr Child Health, 20(8), e43-e47.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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