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Please click on the drop-downs below to find information on MSc in Epidemiology Alumni. The information provided includes: supervisor(s), theses titles, educational background, and positions after graduation.

MSc '13 alumni Erin Liu, Li Jiang and Melanie Cheung (left to right) at the Spring 2014 Convocation


MSc '13

Amal Al Zayadi

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa 2010.
Supervisors: Richard Birtwhistle, Duncan Hunter, and Tyler Williamson                                                                                                         
Thesis Title: The Impact of Deprivation of the Management of Diabetes in Primary Health Care 
Position after Graduation: Methodologist; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


Melanie Cheung

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen’s University 2011
SupervisorsLinda Levesque and Diane Lougheed
Thesis Title: The Risk of Serious Respiratory-Related Events Following Immunization with the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (qHPV) Vaccine: The Ontario Grade 8 HPV Vaccine Cohort Study
Position after Graduation: Decision Support Analysis; University Health Network 


Melissa Cunningham

Educational Background: BSc (Molecular Biology & Genetics), McMaster University 2010.
Supervisors: Kristan Aronson and Jenn Carpenter
Thesis Title: Acceptability of the human papillomavirus vaccine among rural and urban women in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Position after Graduation: Research Analyst; Temerty/Chang International Centre for Telesimulation and Innovation in Medical Education at Toronto Western Hospital-University Health Network


Li Jiang

Educational Background: BSc (Preventative Medicine), Xiamen University (China) 2011.
Supervisors: Patti Groome and Julie Gilbert
Thesis Title: Diagnostic Assessment Units’ Impact on Diagnostic Delay in Breast Cancer: A Population-based Study in Ontario, Canada
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant; Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen's University


Pascale Lajoie

Educational Background: Graduate Certificate in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management, University of Ottawa 2011; BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa 2010.
Supervisors: Kristan Aronson and Joan Tranmer
Thesis Title: Shift work, sleep disturbance and cardiometabolic risk in female hospital employees
Position after Graduation: Senior Business Analyst; Cancer Care Ontario


Lidija Latifovic

Educational Background: BSc (Specialization in Biology with minor in Biochemistry), University of Ottawa 2010
SupervisorsWill King and Tom Massey
Thesis Title: Influence of alcohol consumption and the CYP2E1*5B polymorphism on telomere length in peripheral blood leukocytes
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant; Cancer Care Ontario 


Erin Liu 

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), Ottawa University 2011
SupervisorsLinda Levesque 
Thesis Title: Assessing the risk for autoimmune following use of the qHPV vaccine: the Ontario grade 8 HPV vaccine cohort study
Position after Graduation: Methodologist; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 


Caitlin McGarry

Educational Background: BSc (Biology – Genetics Specialization), McMaster University 2010
Supervisors: Helene Ouellette-Kuntz and Elizabeth Kelley
Thesis Title: Risk Factors for Mental Health Concerns and Seizures in Pre-Teens and Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Position after Graduation: Research Analyst; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)


Ariel Pulver

Educational Background: BA (Psychology), McGill University 2010.
Supervisors: Colleen Davison and Will Pickett
Thesis Title: Recreational Use of Prescription Medication Among Canadian Young People: Identifying Demographic and Geographic Disparities
Position after Graduation: PhD in Epidemiology; University of Toronto


Julie Rouette

Educational Background: Certificate in Medical Biology, Quebec University 2011.  BA (Psychology) Saint Mary’s University 2009.
Supervisors: Michael Brundage and Paul Peng
Thesis Title: From Cancer Clinical Trials to Clinical Practice: An International Survey of Oncologists on Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes
Position after Graduation: Research Associate; Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen's University


Donna Saleh

Educational Background: Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto 2010. Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University 2009.
Supervisor: Ian Janssen
Thesis Title: Interrelationship among short sleep, sedentary behavior, and the metabolic syndrome in adults
 


Emily Skrastins

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen’s University 2011.
Supervisors: Kristan Aronson and Karen Yeates
Thesis Title: Determinants of Cervical Cancer Screening in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania
Position after Graduation: Medical School; Dalhousie University


Shari Thomas

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa 2011
Supervisors: Tye Arbuckle and Will King
Thesis Title: Influence of Heavy Metals on Small for Gestational Age
Position after Graduation: Methodologist; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 


Xuejiao Wei

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen’s University 2011.
Supervisors: Daren Heyland, Helene Ouellette-Kuntz, and Andrew Day
Thesis Title: The association between nutritional adequacy and long-term outcomes in critically ill patients: an international multicenter longitudinal study
Position after Graduation: Statistical Analyst; Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen's University


MSc '12

 Rebecca Barry

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Will Pickett and Josh Lawson
Thesis Title: Factors affecting pediatric asthma in rural Saskatchewan                                                                                                              
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant; University of Calgary


Kirstan Boehme

Educational Background: BSc (Biomedical Sciences), University of Waterloo 2009
Supervisors: Harriet Richardson and Kristan Aronson
Thesis Title: INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTOR PEPTIDES AND MELATONIN AMONG ROTATING SHIFT NURSES
Position after Graduation: Research Associate; University Health Network, Toronto General Research Institute


Natalie Causarano

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2008
Supervisors: Harriet Richardson and Mike Brundage
Thesis Title: THE EFFECT OF EXEMESTANE ON MENOPAUSE-SPECIFIC HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AND A COMPARISON WITH CLINICIAN-REPORTED TOXICITIES: AN ANALYSIS OF THE NCIC CTG MAP.2 CHEMOPREVENTION TRIAL
Position after Graduation: Clinical Research Coordinator; Breast Cancer Restoration Program, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Health Network


Michelle Dimitris

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Michael Green and Linda Levesque
Thesis Title: Predictors of up-to-date colorectal cancer screening and patient-centred care in family health team primary care practices
Position after Graduation: Analyst; Primary Care, Canadian Institute for Health Information


Tian Fang

Educational Background: MES, Queen's University 2010. BSc (Biology), Beijing Normal University, China, 2007.
Supervisors: Bingshu Chen and Bill Mackillop
Thesis Title: The risk of miscarriage among women following immunization of the bivalent human papillomovirus (HPV) - 16/18 vaccine: a Bayesian approach
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant; Queen's University


Kathleen Gropp

Educational Background: BSc (Bio-medical Science), University of Guelph 2008
Supervisors: Will Pickett and Ian Janssen
Thesis Title: ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL AMONG CANADIAN YOUTH: AN EXPLORATION OF CORRELATES AND ASSOCIATED INJURY
Position after Graduation: Epidemiologist; Public Health Agency of Canada


Lyndsay Harrison

Educational Background: BSc (Biology and Psychology), McMaster University 2006.
Supervisors: Bill Mackillop and Jina Zhang-Salomons
Thesis Title: ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PALLIATIVE CHEMOTHERAPY FOR NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER: A PHASE IV STUDY OF PATIENTS TREATED AT ONTARIO’S CANCER CENTRES
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University


George Huang

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010
Supervisors: Ana Johnson and Beatriz Alvarado
Thesis Title: Modeling the Cost-Effectiveness of Needle Exchange Prevention Intervention on HIV, HCV, and HIC/CV Co-Infections
 


Amjed Kadhim-Saleh

Educational Background: BHSc (Health Sciences), McMaster University 2010.
Supervisors: Michael Green and Duncan Hunter
Thesis Title: A Validation Study of Computer-based Diagnostic Algorithms for Chronic Disease Surveillance
Position after Graduation: Medical Student; University of Ottawa


Katie Killorn

Educational Background: BSc (Physiology), McGill University 2010.
Supervisors: Diane Lougheed and Patti Groome
Thesis Title: Assessment of the Use of a Work-related Asthma Screening Questionnaire in a Primary Care Asthma Program
Position after Graduation: Medical Student; Queen's University


Lindsay Kobayashi

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Kristan Aronson and Ian Janssen
Thesis Title: Physical Activity across the Life Course and Risk Pre- and Post-Menopausal Breast Cancer
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; University College London; United Kingdom


Felicia Leung

Educational Background: BHSc (Health Sciences), McMaster University 2009.
Supervisors: Pattti Groome and Stephen Hall
Thesis Title: THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN USUAL HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION AND STAGE AT DIAGNOSIS IN LARYNGEAL CANCER
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; Dalla Lana School of Public Health


Wen Ting Lim

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Linda Levesque and Kimberley Sears
Thesis Title: The Use and Neurological Safety of the Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: The Ontario Grade 8 HPV Vaccine Cohort Study
Position after Graduation: Research Associate; Prevention and Cancer Control, Screening, Evaluation, and Reporting, Cancer Care Ontario


Alyson Mahar

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), Acadia University 2007.
Supervisors: Ana Johnson, Ray Viola, and Natalie Coburn
Thesis Title: A POPULATION-BASED STUDY OF HEALTHCARE RESOURCE UTILIZATION BY METASTATIC GASTRIC CANCER PATIENTS IN ONTARIO
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University


Rachel Morkem 

Educational Background: BSc (Biology), McMaster University, 2006.
Supervisors:  Linda Levesque and Heather Stuart
Thesis Title: RECEIPT OF CARDIAC CARE FOLLOWING HOSPITALIZATION FOR AN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH A HISTORY OF DEPRESSION OR SCHIZOPHRENIA
Position after Graduation: Research Coordinator and Privacy Officer, Canadian Sentinel Surveillance Network, Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Queen's University


Olivia Remes

Educational Background: BHSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa 2009.
Supervisors: Linda Levesque and Beatriz Alvarado
Thesis Title: Predictors of non-uptake of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine; the Ontario grade 8 HPV vaccine cohort study 
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; McGill University


Jessica Stortz

Educational Background: BSc (Biomedical Toxicology), University of Guelph 2009.
Supervisors: Duncan Hunter, Graeme Smith, and Dongmei Chen
Thesis Title: Spatial analysis of pregnancy complications associated with maternal cardiovascular disease risk in Ontario
Position after Graduation: Research Associate; The Centre for Mother, Infant, and Child Health


David Wallace

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Bill Mackillop, Jina Zhang-Salomons, and Chris Booth
Thesis Title: Describing the Effectiveness of Palliative Gemcitabine in Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Treated at the Regional Cancer Centres of Ontario
Position after Graduation: Medical Student; University of Toronto


Xiang Wang

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2010.
Supervisors: Helene Ouellette-Kuntz, Bingshu Chen, and Josh Lavigne
Thesis Title: THE ACUTE EFFECTS OF AMBIENT TEMPERATURE EXPOSURE ON MENTAL ILLNESS RELATED EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS IN THE CITY OF TORONTO
Position after Graduation: Pharmacy Student; University of Toronto


Chad Winch  

Educational Background: Bachelor (Kinesiology), McMaster University 2002.
Supervisors: Ralph Meyer and Bingshu Chen
Thesis Title: An Investigation and Review of Futility Analysis Methods in Phase III Oncology Trials
Position after Graduation: Study Coordinator, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Clinical Trials Group


Nora Zwingerman  

Educational Background: BSc (Anatomy and Cell Biology), McGill University 2009.
Supervisors: Will King and Stephen Pang
Thesis Title: THE INFLUENCE OF BODY MASS INDEX ON GLOBAL DNA METHYLATION LEVELS IN BLOOD LEUKOCYTES
Position after Graduation: PhD Candidate; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto