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Thesis project defense

Student: Patricia Larkin
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 13:00 at the Institute of Population Health, 1 Stewart St, room 223
Thesis project title: Development of an Integrated Risk Management Framework for Carbon Capture and Storage
Thesis Supervisor: Daniel Krewski
Committee: William Leiss, Robert Gracie and James Meadowcroft (extra examiner)

Student: Rosanne Blanchet
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:00 at the Institute of Population Health, 1 Stewart St, room 223 
Thesis project title: Acculturation, statut linguistique et santé nutritionnelle des enfants immigrants noirs de descendance africaine et caribéenne habitant Ottawa
Thesis Supervisors: Isabelle Giroux, Dia Sanou
Committee: Ronald Labonté, Malek Batal and Sanni Yaya (extra examiner)

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Our Graduates

NB : Information is displayed in alphabethical order and in the language in which they are received.

BEAUREGARD, Nancy, B.Sc. (Montréal), M.Sc. (Montréal), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Nancy Beauregard, détient doctorat en santé des populations de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle est professeure adjointe à l’École de relations industrielles de l’Université de Montréal et chercheuse à l’Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM). Nancy Beauregard s’intéresse à l’influence du contexte organisationnel, et particulièrement de l’apprentissage organisationnel, sur la santé et la sécurité du travail. Ses recherches sur les secteurs d’activités et les professions à risque pour la santé et la sécurité du travail sont financées par l’Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST). Elle peut être contactée à et via sa page web.

BISAILLON, Laura, B.A. (Bishop’s), CEP (Strasbourg III), M.U.P. (McGill), Ph. D (Ottawa)
I am Assistant Professor in Health Studies of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. My graduate cross-appointment is at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto. My research centers on: HIV/AIDS, Horn of Africa, immigration medical practices, law and socio-legal studies, migration and health, social organization and production of knowledge, and urban studies. My teaching focus is as follows: critical qualitative methods, global health, health and social policy, infections disease, research for social change, and sociology of health and illness. My academic website is:

CONNOR GORBER, Sarah K., B.A.H. (Queen's), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph. D (Ottawa)

Sarah works with the Federal Government as the manager of the Health Analysis and Measurement Section at Statistics Canada. She is responsible for developing and managing the department's research program in health measurement. Sarah's research is primarily based on secondary analysis of survey data and she has published in many areas including: physical activity, obesity, statistics and methodology, and tobacco use. She heads up the primary analytical unit responsible for analyzing data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey. This work is designed to provide research evidence to support decision-making in health policy.

DAHROUGE, Simone, B.Sc.(McGill), M.Sc.(McGill), M.Sc.(Ottawa), Ph. D (Ottawa)

Dr. Simone Dahrouge is the Director of the C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre within the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute, where she has worked since 2004. She also holds a University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine lecturer appointment. Dr. Dahrouge has a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa and a Master's Degree in Biology from McGill University. She successfully defended her PhD at the University of Ottawa in Population Health in December of 2010. Her current research focuses on medical research methodology and organization of primary care health services research. Dr. Dahrouge’s main interest is in understanding how primary care can be organized to optimize the delivery of primary care services. She hopes that her work will inform future policy recommendations on organizing primary care.

DYKE, Elizabeth, BA (Honours) (Alberta), MA (Dalhousie), Ph.D (Ottawa)

Elizabeth Dyke is a health consultant, working with governments, NGOs, and universities in a broad range of areas, including health care, primary care, chronic disease prevention, and the social determinants of health. Her consulting work includes evaluation, research, writing, and facilitation services. Prior to becoming a consultant, she held a number of senior management roles, including Director of the Canadian Population Health Initiative at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and Director of the Health Charities of Canada (a coalition of 53 Canadian health charities). Elizabeth successfully defended her PhD in August 2013. Her dissertation focused on international NGOs working in HIV/AIDS and issues of health equity. Her data collection took place mainly in Kenya, as well as Canada and the United States. Elizabeth can be reached at

EDJOC, Rj, B.Sc. (Ottawa), M.Sc/Beh. NeuroScience Spec. (Ottawa/Carleton), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Rj completed his PhD in 2012. His doctoral work examined the process and benefits of smoking cessation in patients with cerebrovascular disease through a comprehensive research program. He is currently a consulting epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada in the department of Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate.  He is examining the key drivers in health status, indirect and direct economic costs to informal caregivers of neurological family members.

FITZPATRICK, Elizabeth, B.E.S. (Laval), M.Sc. (McGill), Ph. D (Ottawa)
After completing her Ph.D. in 2007, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, where she is an associate professor in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program.  Her academic work includes the development of a new graduate Diploma in Auditory-Verbal Studies.   Her research program continues to build on her doctoral studies and includes a project examining the outcomes of mild bilateral and unilateral hearing loss in children, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research  (CIHR) as well as cochlear implant outcomes research.  Elizabeth received a CIHR New Investigator Award in 2009 and a Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist enhancement program award in 2010.

HAMEL, Nadia, BScInf (Laval), MSc (Montréal), Diplôme en recherche sur les services et les politiques en matière de santé (Ottawa), PhD (Ottawa)
Nadia works at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Currently diplomat in Tanzania, she has the sector lead responsibility for all health and HIV/AIDS programming, including policy dialogue with the government and the donors community. Before that, she was the manager for immunization and nutrition programming with multilateral institutions and for Canada’s G8 bilateral commitments to improve health systems as well as maternal and newborn health in Africa. She was also on the steering committee for Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative. Her research interests include health equity issues, knowledge exchange and linkages, knowledge translation strategies and organizational capacity to use research in developing countries. Nadia can be contacted via LinkedIn/nadiahamel.

HOGAN-GOW, Vicky, B.Sc. (Manitoba), M.Sc. (Ottawa), Cert. (Ottawa), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Currently employed in the Marketed Health Products Directorate in Health Canada where she is the Director of the Office of Risk Management and Science. In this role, Vicky is responsible for the development and prioritization of the science and research agenda in the area of pharmacovigilance and post-market surveillance and manages several key projects related to the risk assessment and real-world safety and effectiveness of drugs and health products marketed in Canada. The need to ensure that drugs consumed by Canadians are safe and effective is a significant population health issue here is Canada given the fact that prescription drugs are currently the number two cost driver in the Canadian health care system and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among Canadians.

JOHNSTON, Jennifer Cyne, B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc. (Dalhousie), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Cyne Johnston is employed as a Scientist for Public Health Innovation and Decision Support, Alberta Health Services. She is responsible for leading and providing direction for applied research initiatives and contributing to the advance of evidence-based decision making within the provinces' Population and Public Health Portfolio. Her research interests can be separated into three distinct but overlapping areas: 1) parental decision making and patient decision aids, 2) systematic reviews for improving evidence-based practice, 3) the evaluation of population health interventions.

LÉGARÉ, France, B.Arch (Laval), MD (Laval), M.Sc. (Laval), Ph. D (Ottawa) France Légaré is a family health practitioner in Québec since 1990. She works as an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at Laval University. In 2005, she got a new clinical scientist from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) for her research program and she leads the Axe 8, unité d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en santé du Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du CHUQ. Since June 1, 2006 she holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care. Website (in French).

NELSON, Chantal  BSc (Ottawa) MPH (Lakehead) Ph. D (Ottawa)
Chantal completed her PhD in 2012.  She is currently a senior epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada where she is involved in the surveillance of perinatal health in Canada.  Her doctoral research was one of the first to examine smoking behaviours among Inuit pregnant women in Nunavut.  Chantal’s research interests include maternal health, epidemiology and Aboriginal health.

POTVIN KENT, Monique, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Carleton),  Ph. D (Ottawa)
Dr. Monique Potvin Kent is an NSERC Visiting Fellow completing post-doctoral studies at the Public Health Agency of Canada in the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 and won the Joseph De Koninck Prize for best interdisciplinary thesis at the doctoral level. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and has a clinical background in eating disorders. For the past 6 years, she has been conducting research on food and beverage marketing directed at children and on the influence of advertising policies in Canada. She was a member of the Expert Task Group on Reducing Marketing and Advertising of Foods and Beverages High in Fat, Sugar or Sodium to Children and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the CDPAC Consensus Policy Conference on Obesity and the Impact of Marketing to Children.

PRINCE WARE, Stephanie, B.Sc. honours Human Kinetics (Ottawa), M.Sc. (Queen’s),  Ph. D (Ottawa) Dr. Stephanie Prince Ware is currently an Epidemiologist at Ottawa Public Health where she is involved in the production of health status reports. She completed her Ph.D. in 2012. She has a Master’s degree in Community Health and Epidemiology, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics and has a background in physical activity and obesity epidemiology. For the past 5 years, she has been conducting research on the neighbourhood built and social environments and child and adult physical activity and obesity.  She has a further interest in measurement of health outcomes and looking at the differences between self-report and direct measures.  She was a contributor to the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth for several years and a student with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group.

RAINHAM, Daniel, BES (Waterloo), MSc (Alberta), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Daniel is the current Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health in Environmental Programs at Dalhousie University. His research interests are currently focused in three areas: 1) health geomatics as applied to a variety of environmental exposures (air pollution, noise, EMFs, thermal stress), 2) the development of wearable GPS-based environmental exposure sensors, and 3) global-level analysis of associations between ecological integrity and human health outcomes. He can be contacted at, and his Dalhousie faculty webpage is:

RILEY, Dana, BHSc (Western), MA (York), Ph. D (Ottawa) Dana completed her PhD in 2012. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Her doctoral thesis focussed on the individual, family and neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical activity among family members of people with heart disease. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow supported by PHIRNET at the University of Ottawa where she is working on an implementation evaluation of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.

ROMA-REARDON, Josianne, B.Sc. (Ottawa), M.Sc. (Ottawa), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Since completing her PhD in Population Health, Josianne has moved to Durban, South Africa and is currently a Project Manager at The Health Systems Trust, specializing in Knowledge Management. The Health Systems Trust is a non-governmental organization, which supports the transformation and development of health systems and services in South Africa and embraces a public health perspective with a focus on Primary Health Care. As a project manager, Josianne manages and coordinates information dissemination through the development and implementation of guidelines and ensures that electronic information dissemination activities support organizational strategies and objectives. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for knowledge management for several projects and also builds capacity in Health Systems Trust on knowledge management. Josianne can be contacted via the following email:

RUNNELS, Vivien, B.A. (Comb. Hons), P.G. Cert.Ed (Birmingham, U.K.), M.Sc. (City, U.K.), Dipl. Health Services and Policy Research (Ottawa), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Vivien completed her Ph.D. in Population Health in the Spring, 2011.  Vivien's Master's degree is in Disability Management in Work and Rehabilitation. She currently works as a Senior Researcher with the Population Health Improvement Research Network and the Globalization and Health Equity Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.  Her research activities include population health studies concerning food insecurity, governance of community-based research, disability and employment, and youth engagement with the post secondary sector.  Her research activities related to globalization include studies of health human resources and migration, medical tourism and out of country care, and health in foreign policy (global health diplomacy). She is also a member of the Working Group on Sex and Gender in Systematic Reviews. Vivien has been a community volunteer for many years.

STACEY, Dawn, B.Sc.N.(McMaster), M.Sc.N (Ottawa), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Immediately following the completion of a PhD in Population Health, Dr. Stacey assumed the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is also an affiliate professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University and holds an academic appointment at The Ottawa Hospital. Her program of research is focused on supporting patients making health decisions. Drs Stacey RN PhD and Legare MD PhD completed the Population Health Doctoral program together and subsequently became co-principal investigators on a CIHR operating grant to investigate interprofessional approaches to shared decision making in primary care (Spring 2007).

TRICCO, Andrea C., BHSc (Western Ontario), MSc (Toronto), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Andrea C. Tricco is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)/Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network New Investigator in Knowledge Synthesis (2012-2017). She is a systematic review methodologist and her research program is related to advancing the science of knowledge synthesis. Further information about Andrea's current role can be found here.

WEBBER, Gail C., B.A. (Queen's), M.D. (Queen's), M.A.(U of York, England), Ph. D (Ottawa)
Gail is a community family physician in Ottawa. She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is involved in supervising medical students and family medicine residents. She is currently pursuing funding opportunities to continue her research on international health issues particularly related to women's reproductive health and HIV prevention.

WILLIAMS, David, BA (San Francisco), MA (Washington State), PhD (Ottawa)
Following the completion of his PhD in Population Health in June, 2014, David joined the faculty of the Harvard School of Medicine, Pediatrics, as a researcher and associate professor. His research program continues in the field of pediatrics but incorporates his consulting expertise in process improvement and organizational change in patient care. As the director of a research unit he heads a team of MD researchers and master’s level biostatisticians. His research is funded by the Pediatric Partnership of Children’s (hospital). His academic endeavors will be determined following a period of dedicated research.

YARDLEY, Jane, B.Sc. (Mount Allison), M.Sc. (University College London, U.K.), Ph. D (Ottawa)
After graduating in the spring of 2011, Jane pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Ottawa (Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit) and the University of Manitoba (Manitoba Institute of Child Health). She is now an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, in Camrose, Alberta, teaching Anatomy and Physiology. Her research focuses on the acute and chronic effects of resistance exercise and high intensity interval training on blood glucose in type 1 diabetes.

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