Dr. Oghenefego Akpomi-EferakeyaProgram: 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.
Nathaniel BarnettProgram: Masters in Interdisciplinary Health
Rachelle BarretteProgram: Masters in Computational Sciences
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. Nicholas’ supervisor is Dr. Dominique Gagnon.
Josée BélangerProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Josée is researching the combined effects of whole-body vibration and heat on operators of mobile equipment. 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.
Jacob BoninProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
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.
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.
Shivam ChadhaProgram: Kinesiology
Shivam is evaluating how stress from aerobic activities — as workers and athletes are often exposed to from working conditions — changes their livers’ ability to clear medications through changes to blood flow and metabolic capacity. If significant differences are found, drug dose calculations will need to be considered for therapeutic/toxicological effects. Shivam’s supervisor is Dr. Dominique Gagnon.
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.
Alexie DennieProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
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.
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. Caroline earned the 2019/2020 William Shaver Doctoral Scholarship in Mining Health and Safety.
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.
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.
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. Kimberly’s supervisor is Dr. Stephen Ritchie. Kimberly earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Occupational Health and Wellness Fellowship.
Sara GauthierProgram: BSc Kinesiology
Sara’s research is on the use of virtual reality technology to increase awareness of line-of-sight hazards. Sara’s supervisor is Dr. Alison Godwin. Sara earned the 2019/2020 United Steelworkers Undergraduate Award.
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.
Sebastien LerouxProgram: Master of Human Kinetics
Exercise Physiology; Health; Ergonomics Sebastien’s research was on comparing the physiological effects of high intensity interval training versus steady state exercise training with similar energy expenditures. His aim was 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).
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. Margaret’s supervisor is Dr. Tammy Eger. Margaret earned the 2019/2020 CROSH Human Factors and Ergonomics Fellowship.
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.
Sherry MongeauProgram: Masters 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. Sherry earned the 2019/2020 Dr. Fergal Nolan Radiation Safety Award.
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. Chelsea earned the 2019/2020 William Shaver Masters Scholarship.
Dr. Mohamed ShoukriProgram: PhD in Rural and Northern Health
Chelsea VilleneuveProgram: Master of Interdisciplinary Health
Chelsea’s research was on the perceived impact of rotating shift work on health and wellbeing.
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.
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. Beau earned the 2019/2020 United Steel Workers Graduate Award.