Adrienne MoreauProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
Public health; Health Promotion; Mental Health; OHS
Adrienne aims to identify potential best practices in comparable OH&S research centers. Using elements of program theory/evaluation, her research will conclude with a logic model that is applicable to research centers in general, and to CROSH in particular, as it attempts to build a high performing and impactful research centre.
Alexie DennieProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
OHS; Mental Health
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.
Amber TooleyProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Sleep; Fatigue; Psychosocial Factors
Amber is currently validating sleep properties within consumer available wearable technology.
Amy DoanProgram: Master of Computational Science
Human-Computer Interaction; Use-Interface Design; Ergonomics; Medical Error; Medical Devices; Nursing
Amy is currently comparing the performance of pre-entry level, novice and experienced nurses and their interactions with medical devices that possess an unfamiliar user interface. Her research aims to determine if a relationship exists between a nurse’s performance and how they interact with medical device user interfaces. The key objective of the proposed research is to measure and evaluate the changes in user performance to understand if interacting with alternative user interfaces contributes to the occurrence of medical errors.
Basem GoharProgram: PhD Rural and Northern Health
Psychometric Risk Assessments; Occupational Mental Health; Occupational Obesity
Applying evidence-based approaches by way of meta-analyses and focus groups to construct a risk assessment tool for lost-time injury, illness, and disability prediction in nurses and health care aids.
Brandon VanceProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Vibration; Line of Sight; Health Promotion
Brandon is establishing a standardized protocol for the measurement of foot-transmitted vibration exposure and determining the reliability of this method. He is also currently doing research on assessing construction worker’s perceptions on line of sight for various types of equipment.
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.
Carolyn KnightProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Line of Sight, Human Factors, Ergonomics, Physiology, Biomechanics
As a possible method to reduce underground mining accidents involving laud-haul-dumps (LHDs), Carolyn will be evaluating levels of mindfulness. She will be using an in-house designed computer game with a virtual reality headset that simulates driving an LHD in an underground mine.
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.
Danielle AubinProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
Occupational Health and Safety; Disability Management
Danielle will be conducting a qualitative study to determine the perceived emotional, social, and physical impact of the McIntyre powder treatment on underground workers in Northeastern Ontario.
Emily JagoProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Health Promotion; Nutrition; Mental Wellness
Emily is currently working on collecting and analyzing nutrient reports from her research study looking at nutrient outputs from 3 nutrient analysis programs. Paricipants are asked to complete a 3-day food journal using both written and AV methods, to validate the AV method in a free-living setting. The research will shed light on the validity of MyFitnessPal as a usable food tracking program and application, and whether or not the novel AV method could be recommended for use by clinicians and individuals.
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.
Jennifer-Lynn FournierProgram: PhD Rural and Northern Health
Nursing/Nurse Practitioner; Job Satisfaction; Intent to Leave; Career Trajectory; Burnout; OHS
Currently doing qualitative grounded theory research on nurse practitioner job satisfaction and intent to leave for those working in Northern Ontario (rural/urban).
Jordan NixonProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Rural Health; Occupational Medicine; Public Health; Mental health; Health Promotion
Jordan is currently working on measuring quality of work life of paramedics across northern Ontario. Jordan’s research is currently being conducted in partnership with Manitoulin-Sudbury District EMS, City of Greater Sudbury District EMS, Cochrane District EMS, Rainy River District EMS, Superior North EMS, Parry Sound District EMS, Algoma District EMS and Northwest EMS. His research will also gain insight into paramedic perspectives of community paramedicine.
Justin KonradProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Health & Wellness; Heat Illness & Prevention; OHS; Physiological Response to Environment
Mine rescue workers perform vigorous work under extreme conditions while extensive protective equipment. These factors will significantly increase their risk of developing heat related illness. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the physiological responses (e.g. core temperature, heart rate, and heart rate variability) of mine rescue workers during simulated emergency response to determine their risk of heat-related illness.
Vibration; Biomechanics; Ergonomics
Katie is currently working on modelling foot-transmitted vibration (FTV) exposure. Katie’s research is being completed in parternship with Politechnico de Milano, in Lecco, Italy. Her research will lead to new developments for interational FTV measurement standards, and personal protective equipment (PPE) develoment.
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.
Lisa SchuttProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
OHS; Mental Health, Return-to-Work; Mining
Lisa is currently part of the Mining Mental Health project. She is looking at mental health and well-being of mining workers in Ontario; as well as identifying some of the barriers and facilitators to the return-to work process.
Mallorie LeducProgram: PhD Rural and Northern Health
Vibration; OHS; Intervention; Ergonomics
Mallorie is working on the design, development, and evaluation of an occupational health education intervention program, the vibration toolkit. The vibration toolkit provides workplaces with evidence-based resources focused on vibration that are customized to improve awareness, knowledge and management of occupational vibration exposure.
Sebastien LerouxProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
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).
Shelby DeibertProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Community Paramedicine; Workplace Health and Wellness; Health Promotion
Nicholas Beckett-BrownProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Exercise Physiology; Environmental Physiology; Health
I am currently examining changes in whole body and leg muscle oxygenation in response to moderate intensity exercise in cold and warm environments. I am also doing research on predicting blood flow changes in response to cold and warm environments using skin and core temperatures.
Alexus McCueProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Exercise Physiology; Environmental Physiology; Health
Alexus is analyzing the effects of temperature differences and various exercise intensities on blood flow and oxygen uptake on the muscular level.
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 VilleneuveProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
Occupational Health and Safety; Shift Work; Wellness
Chelsea will be conducting a qualitative study to determine the impact of shift work on the work-life balance of individuals employed in the underground mining industry in Sudbury, Ontario.