School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Zohra obtained two undergraduate degrees from Concordia University: a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 and another in Exercise Science in 2013. She completed her Master’s in Exercise Science in 2016 in Concordia University. Her Master’s thesis focused on levels and patterns of physical activity and explored the association between physical activity and objectively measured sleep characteristics in COPD patients. Her PhD project is funded by Fond de Research du Québec (FRQS) and aims to determine the effects of cardiovascular exercise on sleep quality and architecture, brain plasticity, and motor function in individuals with sub-acute stroke. The study examines the association between changes in brain plasticity and motor function with changes in sleep architecture and will provide valuable information for a better and individualized rehabilitation plans in very early stages of stroke recovery. Beyond her research, Zohra volunteers with the Red Cross and enjoys hiking.