Alexie’s research focuses on lifestyle behaviours, personal factors, and work-related factors that affect sleep quality and quantity in the mining industry. Her goal is to work with the Mining industry to identify factors that influence sleep profiles and improve the sleep quality of mine workers. Her research is a part of the Mining Mental Health and Wellbeing project conducted by CROSH and lead by Dr. Michel Larivière.
Alyssa BruntonProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Health Promotion; Rural Health; Biomechanics; Exercise Physiology; Line of Sight
Alyssa is currently working to determine how heavy equipment operators in the mining and construction industry utilize visual aid technology while performing worksite tasks. In addition she looks to quantify how heavy equipment operator’s change their work patterns to utilize visibility enhancements available using eye tracking technologies.
Amy DoanProgram: Master of Computational Science
Human-Computer Interaction; Use-Interface Design; Ergonomics; Medical Error; Medical Devices; Nursing
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.
Caroline DignardProgram: PhD Rural and Northern Health
Workplace Mental Health; Mining; Absenteeism
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.
Beau Williams-OrserProgram: Master of 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.
Corey BouwmeesterProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Biomechanics; Gait; Footwear
Corey is looking at the effects that underground mining footwear has on gait, particularly in terms of slips, trips, and falls. Various pieces of equipment to measure kinematic, kinetic, and comfort variables are utilized to determine which footwear characteristics are detrimental to worker safety and which can be improved upon.
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.
Nathaniel BarnettProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Tim DoanProgram: Master of Computational Science
Simulation; Interaction; Virtual Reality; Interfaces
Evaluating the effectiveness of several consumer-level digital displays against head-mounted displays. Application and analysis of several virtual reality properties in regular usage settings.
Kelsey WhelanProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Human Factors; Ergonomics; Biomechanics
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.
Vibration; Biomechanics; Ergonomics
Katie is currently quantifying the responses of a human foot while standing on a vibrating platform. Findings of her research will identify how different areas of the foot react to vibration exposure, and allow for more effective preventive measures in future developments for personal protective equipment. Alongside Dr. Alison Godwin, Katie is investigating respirable hazards recreational cross-country ski waxers are exposed to in Ontario. Katie is also working with Dr. Tammy Eger to determine the effectiveness of different gel seat pads used in mining equipment.
Exercise Physiology; Health; Ergonomics
Seb is currently comparing the physiological effects of high intensity interval training versus steady state exercise training with similar energy expenditures. To determine whether steady state training (SS) or high intensity interval training (HIIT) will better improve energy expenditure (EE) during the excess post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).
Nicholas Beckett-BrownProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Exercise Physiology; Environmental Physiology; Health
Nicholas is investigating the effects of whole-body and muscle cooling on the human body’s ability to use oxygen, both in the lungs and in the muscle during moderate intensity exercise. With over 2 million Canadian workers exposed to challenging thermal environments on a daily basis, Nicholas hopes to better understand the physiological responses that occur in these environments. His research seeks to understand the effect of temperature on respiration, cardiac output and oxygen consumption in the body. Nicholas is also working predicting metabolic and hemodynamic parameters during heat and cold stress at rest.
Alexus McCueProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Alexus is examining the influences of localized heating and cooling on skeletal muscles. She hopes to determine if oxygen transport and extraction shift during exercise are reflected in oxygen consumption and tissue oxygenation within the muscle. Alexus also assists in data acquisition for the ‘Motivation Makes the Move’ research project with the supervision of Dr. Juha Peltonen.
Chelsea VilleneuveProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
Desiree QuennevilleProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Health Promotion; Physiology; Mental Health
Desiree is examining the effects of different breathing styles on mental wellbeing in occupationally developed stress.
Chelsea SherringtonProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Chelsea is investigating 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.
Kimberly FriesenProgram: Master of 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.
Margaret Kanya-ForstnerProgram: Master of 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.
Sherry MongeauProgram: Master of 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.