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
Nicholas BarclayProgram: Kinesiology
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
Nicholas Beckett-BrownMasters, Human Kinetics
For his MHK, Nicholas investigated 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, the aim of Nicholas’ research was to better understand the physiological responses that occur in these environments. His research sought to understand the effect of temperature on respiration, cardiac output and oxygen consumption in the body. Nicholas also worked on predicting metabolic and hemodynamic parameters during heat and cold stress at rest. Nicholas’ supervisor was 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.
Rebecca BondProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
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.
Sarah BourdonProgram: Health Promotion
Corey BouwmeesterProgram: Master in Human Kinetics
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: Masters in Human Kinetics
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. Alyssa’s supervisor is Dr. Alison Godwin, and Dr. Tammy Eger and Peg Scherzinger are on her committee.
Allison Caswell Program: BSc, Human Kinetics
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.
Vanessa De CoppiProgram: Health Promotion
Alexie DennieMasters, Human Kinetics
Alexie’s research was on the determinants of sleep quality in the mining industry. The purpose of this study was to determine the current state of sleep quality and quantity in the mining industry. Further investigations will explore the health behaviors, personal factors and work-related factors that affect sleep quality and quantity. The results will allow researchers to assist in the development of targeted strategies and interventions for workers to achieve better sleep quality, overall well-being and a safer workplace. Alexie was supervised by Dr. Céline Larivière, Dr. Zsuzsanna Kerekes, Dr. Tammy Eger, and Dr. Michel Larivière.
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.
Amanda DodaroProgram: Health Promotion
George Flagler Program: BPHE in Health Promotion
George’s research project is entitled, “Suspension Trauma Rescue Plans in Occupational Settings”. The aim of his research is to develop and have consensus agreed upon rescue plan and guidelines for treatment of suspension trauma that will assist industry workers and first responders. George’s supervisors are Dr. Sandra Dorman and Dr. Dominique Gagnon.
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.
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.
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.
Sebastien LerouxMasters, Human Kinetics
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).
Alexus McCueProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Alexus is investigating muscle temperature influences oxygen uptake and blood flow in a single leg isokinetic exercise model. Her are Dr. Dominique Gagnon, Dr. Juha Peltonen, and Dr. Olivier Serresse.
Michaela McGillisProgram: Health Promotion
Lucie MénardProgram: Kinesiology
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.
Santeria MulcaheyProgram: Health Promotion
Stephanie MuntenResearch Assistant CROSH/LEEP
Stephanie is a Research Assistant working on projects in the Occupational Physiology and Environment Stream.
Liam NesbittProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Courtney NickelProgram: Kinesiology
Hailey O'GradyProgram: Health Promotion
Stephanie PilonProgram: Kinesiology
Désirée QuennevilleProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Desiree is examining the effects of different breathing styles on mental wellbeing in occupationally developed stress.
Elizabeth Racine-BouchardProgram: Health Promotion Degree in Biomedical Biology
Mehboob RezaPhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of New Brunswick
Sara T. SayedResearch Assistant, School of Kinesiology Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University
Angèle ScottProgram: Computer Science
Chelsea SherringtonProgram: Masters in 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 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
Patrick J. TrottierProgram: Bachelor of Computer Science
Patrick cherche à quantifier l’efficacité et l’état immersif des jeux vidéos qui possède une composante d’exercice en se servant des principes d’exploration de données envers des forums en-ligne. Ces connaissances peuvent servir à améliorer ces expériences envers la promotion d’une vie santé. Le superviseur de Patrick est Dr. Ratvinder Grewal.
Patrick’s research utilizes data mining principles applied to discussions on online forums to quantify the effectiveness and immersion of popular exergames. This knowledge would help to inform future developments of these experiences towards the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles. Patrick’s supervisor is Dr. Ratvinder Grewal.
Chelsea VilleneuveMasters, Interdisciplinary Health
Chelsea’s research was on the perceived impact of rotating shift work on health and wellbeing. Her supervisor was Dr. Nancy Lightfoot.
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)
Karissa ZackProgram: Kinesiology
Azin ZarghamProgram: Masters in Human Kinetics
Azin will be starting her Masters in Fall 2020. Her supervisor will be Dr. Sandra Dorman.
Parastou ZerangsangaroliaProgram: PhD Human Kinetics