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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), thesis titles, educational background and positions after graduation.

MSc '14

Erin Arthurs

Educational Background: BSc (Mathematics and Statistics), McGill University, 2008 
Supervisors: Steve Hall and Paul Peng 
Thesis Title: STROKE AFTER RADIOTHERAPY TO TREAT HEAD AND NECK CANCER - WHAT IS THE RISK?​
Position after Graduation: Senior Business Analyst: Cancer Care Ontario


Christine Collier 

Educational Background: PhD (Clinical Biochemistry), University of Toronto, 1984  
Supervisors: Rick Birtwhistle, Miu Lam and Edwin Toffelmire 
Thesis Title: EARLY DETECTION OF PROGRESSIVE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE BY MONITORING CHANGE IN eGFR IN CKD STAGES 1, 2 & 3


Yvonne DeWit

Educational Background: BA (Psychology), University of Waterloo, 2011
Supervisors: Will Pickett and Josh Lawson 
Thesis Title: HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS AND AGRICULTURAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND YOUNG ADULTS
 


Maya Djerboua 

Educational Background: Graduate Certificate in Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa, 2012, BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa, 2011  
Supervisors: Colleen Davison and Bingshu Chen  
Thesis Title: PHYSICAL FIGHTING AND FIGHTING-RELATED INJURIES IN CANADIAN ADOLESCENTS: A DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY AFFLUENCE


Michelle McMillan 

Educational Background: BSc (Biology), Acadia University, 2010
Supervisors: Will Pickett and Catherine Trask
Thesis Title: BIOMECHANICAL EXPOSURES AND WORK-RELATED MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS AMONG SASKATCHEWAN FARMERS​
Position after Graduation: Community Paramedicine Coordinator: Cornwall SD&G Emergency Medical Services​


Rachel McMillan 

Educational Background: BSc (Biomedical Sciences), University of Ottawa, 2010 
Supervisors: Ian Janssen and Michael McIsaac 
Thesis Title: FAMILY STRUCTURE AS A PREDICTOR OF ORGANIZED SPORTS PARTICIPATION AND SEDENTARY SCREEN TIME IN CANADIAN YOUTH
Position after Graduation: Analyst: Canadian Institute for Health Information  


Alex Phillips

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 2012
Supervisors: Heather Stuart
Thesis Title: INTIMACY OF CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WITH EMOTIONAL OR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND EXPECTATION OF NEGATIVE PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION


Heather Worthington 

Educational Background: BSc (Biomedical Sciences), University of Waterloo, 2012
Supervisors: Steven Brooks and Will Pickett 
Thesis Title: HOSPITAL POST-CARDIAC ARREST PATIENT VOLUME AND KEY FEATURES OF POST-CARDIAC ARREST CARE​
Position after Graduation: Research Coordinator: UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research 


MSc '13

Amal Al Zayadi 

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa, 2010
Supervisors: Richard Birtwhistle, Duncan Hunter and Tyler Williamson 
Thesis Title: IMPACT OF DEPRIVATION ON 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
Supervisors: Linda 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
SupervisorsKristan Aronson and Jenn Carpenter
Thesis Title: ACCEPTABILITY OF THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE AMONG RURAL AND URBAN WOMEN IN THE KILIMANJARO REGION, TANZANA
Position after Graduation: Research Analyst: Temerty/ Chang International Centre for Telesimulation and Innovation in Medical Education at Toronto Western Hospital-Univerisity Health Network


Li Jiang

Educational Background: BSc (Preventative Medicine), Xiamen University (China), 2011
Supervisors: Patti Groome and Julie Gilbert 
Thesis Title: ASSOCIATION BETWEEN USE OF A SPECIALIZED DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT UNIT AND THE DIAGNOSTIC INTERVAL IN ONTARIO BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant: Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology at 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: SHIFTWORK, SLEEP DISTURBANCES 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 
Supervisors: Will King and Tom Massey 
Thesis Title: THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, SMOKING, AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON PERIPHERAL BLOOD LEUKOCYTE TELOMOERE LENGTH​
Position after Graduation: Research Assistant: Cancer Care Ontatio 


Erin Liu 

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa, 2011 
Supervisors: Linda Levesque
Thesis Title: ASSESSING THE RISK FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS FOLLOWING USE OF THE QUADRIVALENT HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS 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 AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)​
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 MEDICATIONS 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 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, 2011, Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 2009 
Supervisors: Ian Janssen 
Thesis Title: INTERRELATIONSHIPS AMONG SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR, SHORT SLEEP, 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
Positions after Graduations: Medical School: Dalhousie University 


Shari Thomas

Educational Background: BSc (Health Sciences), University of Ottawa, 2011
Supervisors: Will King and Tye Arbuckle 
Thesis Title: THE INFLUENCE OF TOXIC METALS ON SMALL FOR GESTATIONAL AGE​
Positions after Graduations: 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 REQUIRING PROLONGED MECHANICAL VENTILATION​
Positions after Graduations: Statistical Analyst: Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen's University


MSc '12

Rebeccca 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 


Kristan 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: Linda Levesque and Michael Brundage 
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 FOLLOWING IMMUNIZATION OF THE BIVALENT HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (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 IMPACT OF NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS ACCOUNTING FOR BOTH HIV AND HCV INFECTIONS AND HIV/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: ASSESMENT 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 OF 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: Patti 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: BSc (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 Surveillane 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: DETERMINANTS 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 (Health Sciences), 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: BSc (Kinesiology), McMaster University, 2002
Supervisors: Bingshu Chen and Ralph Meyer 
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