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​MSc Alumni


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 '14

Erin Arthurs

Educational Background: BSc (Mathematics and Statistics), McGill University 2008
Supervisors: Stephen Hall and Paul Peng
Thesis Title: Stroke after Radiotherapy to Treat Head and Neck Cancer - What is the Risk?
Position after Graduation: Business Analyst; Cancer Care Ontario 


Rachel McMillan

Educational Background: BSc (Biomedical Sciences), University of Ottawa 2010
SupervisorsIan Janssen and Michael McIsaac 
Thesis Title: The association between family structure and custody arrangements with organized sports participation and television viewing in Canadian youth
Position after Graduation: Analyst; Canadian Institute for Health Information 


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