Dr. Oghenefego Akpomi-Eferakeya, MBBS, MScProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Dr. Akpomi-Eferakeya is exploring nurses’ perceptions of the usefulness of the Violence Assessment Tool to help decrease the risk of violence in their workplaces. Her supervisor is Dr. Judith Horrigan. Dr. Akpomi-Eferakeya earned the 2019/2020 UA (United Association) Local 800 Award.
Mahdis AzizideroueiProgram: Masters in Kinesiology, Lakehead University
Nathaniel BarnettProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Nathaniel’s thesis is entitled, “Mino-nokiiwin: Towards an Understanding of Indigenous Occupational Health and Safety Experiences in Northern Ontario”. His research is based on a community based participatory approach, led by a steering committee with representatives from each community they are working with. They conducted focus groups to gain insight into Indigenous occupational health and safety experiences. Themes were developed in discussion with the steering committee and focus groups. Nathaniel’s supervisors are Dr. Nancy Lightfoot, Dr. Darrel Manitowabi, and Dr. Leigh MacEwan.
Rachelle BarretteProgram: Masters in Computational Sciences
Rachelle’s thesis is “Tolerance of User Interface Design Alterations”. She is investigating the effects of changes in a user interface to its’ users. Technological devices of today contain a multitude of features that are overwhelming to their users. They are also continually updated with additional tools and settings, adding to the confusion and frustration. Rachelle’s supervisor is Dr. Ratvinder Grewal
Josée BélangerProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Josée’s proposed Major Paper is on “Paired Comparison Study to Determine the Impact of Rotated Neck/Trunk Posture Combined with Vibration Exposure on Seated Comfort”. Her supervisors are Dr. Tammy Eger and Dr. Katie Goggins. Josée earned both the 2019/2020 Human Factors and Ergonomics Entrance Award and the 2019/2020 Goodman School of Mines – Masters in Human Kinetics Award.
Rebecca BondProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Rebecca is starting her Masters in Human Kinetics in Fall 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Alison Godwin.
Jacob BoninProgram: Master in Human Kinetics
The Northern Ontario Francophone population has been found to experience poorer health outcomes than the general population. Ensuring the health of this minority population involves an exploration of French speaking physicians available. Jacob’s research focuses on patient-provider communication, which is a fundamental aspect in providing high quality health services. The aim of Jacob’s study is to determine if NOSM graduates with French language competency were practicing in Francophone communities. Jacob’s supervisor is Dr. Alain Gauthier.
Shivam ChadhaProgram: MSc in Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba
Jonah is currently working on validating the Remote First Aid Self-Efficacy Scale (RFA SES) for use in Remote Worksites. The purpose of developing the RFA SES is to provide an effective tool for: (1) evaluation of wilderness first aid and other types of emergency care training designed for remote geographies, communities, and worksites; and (2) reflection by training participants so they can self-assess their beliefs, confidence, and capacity to respond. Jonah is currently focused on testing the scale’s validity, reliability and dimensionality. Jonah’s supervisor is Dr. Stephen Ritchie.
Samuel DaoustProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Samuel’s research is looking at the impacts of environmental temperature on metabolism during exercise. Specifically he is working on a protocol to try and maximize people’s fat oxidation/utilization and to see how this protocol is affected by the cold. Samuel’s supervisor is Dr. Dominique Gagnon. Samuel earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Occupational Physiology and Environment Entrance Award.
Amanda DodaroMasters Student, Lakehead University
Caroline DignardProgram: PhD Rural and Northern Health
Caroline is part of the Mining Mental Health research team looking to better understand the current state of mental health and well-being of miners in Ontario. The study also seeks to identify predictors and barriers to mental health in this workplace, predictors of mental health-related absenteeism, as well as facilitators and barriers to return-to-work following a leave of absence. Caroline earned the 2019/2020 William Shaver Doctoral Scholarship in Mining Health and Safety.
Amy DoanProgram: PhD Computational Science
Amy is investigating the possible effect of inconsistent medical device user interface designs on nurse performance. Her research seeks to determine if inconsistent medical user interfaces for the same medical devices lead to an increase in cognitive load, task completion times, and errors for affected nurses.
Tim DoanProgram: PhD Computational Science
Tim’s research looks at evaluating the effectiveness of several consumer-level digital displays against head-mounted displays. He is also examining the application and analysis of several virtual reality properties in regular usage settings.
Kimberly FriesenProgram: Master in Human Kinetics
Kimberly’s research focuses on the use of campus trails at Laurentian University by the student population. She hopes to better understand the impact of regular trail use on the mental health and well-being of university students. Kimberly spends a lot of her spare time volunteering with the “UP and Move! Walking program” at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Kimberly’s supervisor is Dr. Stephen Ritchie. Kimberly earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Occupational Health and Wellness Fellowship.
Nazanin GholamiProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Nazanin’s research seeks to understand environmental heat exposure amongst wildland Firefighters in Ontario with the aim to develop policy and practice to help prevent heat stress events. Nazanin’s supervisor is Dr. Sandra Dorman. Nazanin earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Occupational Health and Wellness Entrance Award.
Curtis HancockProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Curtis is investigating the effect of decreased core temperature on the signalling pathways that increase mitochondria content in the muscle either before or after exercise. He hopes to better understand how exercises combined with cold exposure can influence the increase of mitochondrial content in the body’s muscles, and lead to better health. Curtis is also identifying the impact of different cooling conditions on muscle oxygenation and aerobic contributions. Curtis earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Occupational Physiology and Environment Fellowship.
Margaret Kanya-ForstnerProgram: Master in Human Kinetics
Margaret is currently investigating levels of vibration transferred from the terrain to a child riding in the back of a bicycle trailer, and if those levels put a child at an increased risk of developing a whole-body vibration-related injury. The aim of the research is to ensure bicycle trailers are as safe as they can be for children. Margaret’s supervisor is Dr. Tammy Eger. Margaret earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Human Factors and Ergonomics Fellowship.
Kelsey LefebvreProgram: MSc Nursing
A Registered Nurse, Kelsey’s research is looking at improving the quality of life and symptom management for adults with inflammatory bowel disease in Northern Ontario. Individuals living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience a wide range of fluctuating symptoms with periods of remission and relapses over time that presents challenges to symptom management and can have a negative impact on quality of life. There is a lack of research exploring the lived experiences of adults with inflammatory bowel disease in Northern Ontario. More specifically, this research intends to explore the perspective of individuals in Northern Ontario who have inflammatory bowel disease to gain an understanding of what self-care means to them. Kelsey’s co-supervisors are Dr. Craig Duncan and Professor Irene Koren.
Sherry MongeauProgram: PhD Interdisciplinary Health
Sherry is investigating the impact of lower back injuries and the compensation process experienced by male underground workers in Sudbury Ontario. Sherry hopes that findings from her research would be used to foster cohesive relationships with injured workers, and improve workplace policies in regards to compensations and ‘return to work’ process. Sherry earned the 2019/2020 Dr. Fergal Nolan Radiation Safety Award.
Liam NesbittProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Désirée QuennevilleProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Desiree is examining the effects of different breathing styles on mental wellbeing in occupationally developed stress.
Mehboob RezaPhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of New Brunswick
Sara T. SayedResearch Assistant, School of Kinesiology Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University
Chelsea SherringtonMasters, Human Kinetics
For her Masters, Chelsea investigated risk factors for slips, trips and falls in northern Ontario underground mines. Findings will be shared with mining health and safety committees and personal protective equipment manufacturers with the aim to develop interventions to reduce slip, trip, and fall risk factors. Chelsea believes that education is essential for prevention, and she hopes that findings from her study can be used to help worker remain safe on the job and return home healthy. Chelsea earned the 2019/2020 William Shaver Masters Scholarship.
Dr. Mohamed Shoukri, MD, M.Sc., IBCLC, COHSProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Dr. Shoukri’s research will assess the prevalence and the experiences of exclusive and predominant breastfeeding among some Anishinabek and Inuit women, who have infants less than two years of age and living in Northeastern Ontario. Using a community based, Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Study Design, he will conduct a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study followed by a descriptive qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. The results of his research could be used to enhance breastfeeding promotion policies by the Indigenous and Inuit health organizations as well as the federal government in Canada. Dr. Shoukri’s supervisor is Dr. Nancy Young and his co-supervisor is Dr. Sylvie Larocque.
Emily TetzlaffProgram: PhD Human Kinetics
Kelsey WhelanProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Kelsey is currently working on conducting ergonomic assessments and consequently interventions within a sample population of mine assayers. The aim of Kelsey’s study is to improve productivity within tasks, while minimizing muscle and joint demands.
Disal WickramasingheProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Beau Williams-OrserProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Beau is investigating the preparation of post-secondary outdoor leadership training programs in Canada. He aims to advance knowledge of how outdoor leadership professionals are trained at post-secondary programs in Canada, as it relates to educational outcomes, best practices, and safety in the outdoor industry. Beau believes in using outdoor adventure pursuits to improve physical, social and emotional well being, and to help us connect with nature. Beau earned the 2019/2020 United Steel Workers Graduate Award.
Welsey YoungProgram: Engineering Science - Masters in Engineering (Mining-Mechanical)
Azin ZarghamProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Azin will be starting her Masters in Fall 2020 with supervisor Dr. Sandra Dorman.
Parastou ZerangsangaroliaProgram: PhD Human Kinetics