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Meet our PhD in Epidemiology students!


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

Current Students

Porpong (Paul) Boonmak

Educational Background:  Doctor of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University; Master of Population Health Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
Supervisor:  Heather Stuart
Thesis Title:


Randall Boyes

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 2013; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University
Supervisors:  William Pickett, Ian Janssen
Thesis Title:  Risks and benefits associated with Outdoor Active Play in Canadian Children 
Position after MSc Graduation:  MPA 805 (Quantitative Methods) Instructor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


Kim Foley 

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 2003; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2010
Supervisors:  Bill Mackillop, Patti Groome
Thesis Title:  Measuring the Quality of Personal Care in Patients Undergoing Radical Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer


Lyndsay Harrison

Educational Background:  BSc Biology and Psychology, McMaster University 2006; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2012
Supervisors:  Bill Mackillop, Will King
Thesis Title:  Utilization and Effectiveness of Modern Palliative Systemic Therapies for Metastatic Prostate Cancer: A Retrospective Population-Based Cohort Study

 


Nathan King

Educational Background:  MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Western Ontario 2012; Bachelor of Kinesiology, Brock University 2010  
Supervisor:  William Pickett
Thesis Title:  Relative age effects in Canadian adolescents: A mental health focus


Michaela Koller

Educational Background:  BA Psychology, McGill University 1987; MA Educational Psychology and Counselling, McGill University 1992.
Supervisors:  Heather Stuart, Terry Krupa 
Thesis Title:  Multi-site Evaluation of Contact-Based Anti-Stigma Programs for High School Youth


Brooke Linden

Educational Background:  MA Sociology, University of Regina 2015; Bachelor of Social Sciences (Sociology), University of Ottawa 2013; Promoted to PhD Program after successful Mini-Masters Defence 2016
Supervisor:  Heather Stuart
Thesis Title:  Assessing Canadian High School Students’ Readiness to Change Stigmatizing Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: Applying the Transtheoretical Model of Change


Meaghan Mavor

Educational Background:  BA Psychology, Carleton University; BSc Biology and Psychology, McMaster University; Promoted to PhD Program after successful Mini-Masters Defence
Supervisor:  Tim Hanna, Patti Groome
Thesis Title:  A Population-based Study of Factors Associated with Advanced Stage Cutaneous Melanoma in Ontario
 


Dylan O'Sullivan

Educational Background:  BA Sociology, Dartmouth College, USA 2015; Promoted to PhD Program after successful Mini-Masters Defence
Supervisor:  Will King
Thesis Title:  The role of ultraviolet radiation in the development of skin and hematologic malignancies in Canada


Michael Palmer

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 1983; MSc (Epidemiology), Queen's University 1988
Supervisor:  Harriet Richardson, Michael Brundage
Thesis Title:  Improving the Quality of Patient Reported Outcomes by Minimizing Missing Data 


Sarah Peacock

Educational Background:  BSc Biology and Mathematics, Trent University 2005; MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western 2007.
Supervisors:  Will King, Tom Massey
Thesis Title:  Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and risk of colorectal adenoma


Liam Remillard 

Educational Background:  BSc Health Sciences, University of Ottawa 2011; MSc Epidemiology, University of Guelph 2014. 
Supervisors:  Paul Belanger, Kieran Moore, William Pickett, Anna Majury
Thesis Title:  Spatial Analysis of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Ontario


Jennifer Ritonja

Educational Background:  BSc Life and Health Sciences, Carleton University 2015; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University, 2017
Supervisor:  Kristan Aronson and Joan Tranmer
Thesis Title:  Biomarkers and behavioural patterns of long-term shift work and implications for CVD and cancer


Graham Smith 

Educational Background:  BMSc Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario 2008; BSc Medical Radiation Sciences, University of Toronto 2012; MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario 2014
Supervisors:  Michael Brundage, Timothy Hanna, Patti Groome
Thesis Title:  The reduction of radiotherapy error project: assisting the development and implementation of a national radiotherapy incident reporting system


Mina Tohidi

Educational Background:  Honours Bachelor Of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa; Doctor of Medicine, Queen's University
Supervisors:  Patti Groome, Steve Mann
Thesis Title:  Comparative Effectiveness of Hemiarthroplasty Versus Total Hip Replacement for Femoral Neck Fracture: Propensity-Score Matched Cohort Study
 


Alumni

Iwona Bielska

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 2007; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2009
Supervisors:  Ana Johnson, Will Pickett
Thesis Title:  The Epidemiology and Health Economics of Ankle Injuries


Naomi Cahill

Educational Background:  BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Kings College of London 2001; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2007
Supervisors:  Heather Stuart, Daren Heyland 
Thesis Title:  OPTIMIZING NUTRITION THERAPY IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT THROUGH THE EVALUATION OF BARRIERS TO ENTERALLY FEEDING CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS


Marianne Gee

Educational Background:  BSc Life Science, Queen's University 2006; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2008
Supervisors:  Ian Janssen, William Pickett, and Norman Campbell (University of Calgary)
Thesis Title:  BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL AMONG CANADIANS WITH HYPERTENSION, WITH AND WITHOUT DIABETES​
Position after Graduation:  Science Policy Advisor: Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada


Anne Grundy

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 2006; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2008
Supervisors:  Kristan Aronson and Joan Tranmer 
Thesis Title:  THE INFLUENCE OF SHIFT WORK, LIGHT AT NIGHT AND CLOCK GENE POLYMORPHISMS ON MELATONIN LEVELS AND BREAST CANCER RISK
Position after Graduation:  Post Doctoral Fellow: Cancer Care Ontario 


Vikki Ho

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 2006; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2008. 
Supervisors:  Will King and Tom Massey
Thesis Title:  THE ROLE OF DIETARY EXPOSURE TO HETEROCYCLIC AROMATIC AMINES AND GENETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY IN COLORECTAL ADENOMA ETIOLOGY
Position after Graduation:  Post-doctoral fellow: University of Montreal 


Atif Kukaswadia

Educational Background:  BSc Biology, Carleton University 2006; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2009
Supervisors:  William Pickett and Ian Janssen
Thesis Title: ACCULTURATION AND HEALTH EXPERIENCES AMONG YOUNG IMMIGRANT CANADIANS 
Position after Graduation:  Senior Epidemiologist: Research Practice Division, ICES Central


Alyson Mahar

Educational Background:  BSc Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University 2007; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2012
Supervisor:  Patti Groome, Paul Kurdyak
Thesis Title:  THE IMPACT OF A SEVERE PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, AND SURVIVAL
Position after Graduation:


Qun Miao

Educational Background:  Bachelor degree of Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, China 1992. MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2004.
Supervisors:  Kristan Aronson and Dongmei Chen
Thesis Title:  AIR POLLUTION AND HEALTH POLLUTION AND HEALTH: DISTRIBUTION AND DETERMINANTS OF EXPOSURE IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC WITH A FOCUS ON POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBON ASSESSMENT
                          Position after Graduation:  Epidemiologist/Analyst, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology at Queen's University


John Queenan

​Education Background:  BA Sociology, Concordia University 2001; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2005
Supervisors:  Patti Groome and Ben Gottlieb 
Thesis Title:  PATIENT RELATED DIAGNOSTIC DELAY, SYMPTOM APPRAISAL AND LAY CONSULTATION IN HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Position after Graduation:  Epidemiologist, Centre for Studies in Primary Care, Queen's University


Colleen Savage

Educational Background:  BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 1993; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2001
Supervisors:  Mike Green, Heather Stuart
Thesis Title:  Impact of Depression on Co-Morbid Diabetes in Primary Care
Position after Graduation:


Laura Seliske

Educational Background:  BHSc Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario 2005; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2007
Supervisors:  William Pickett and Ian Janssen
Thesis Title:  THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND OBESITY-RELATED BEHAVIOURS IN CANADIAN YOUTH​                                                                    
Position after Graduation:  Research Associate, Geospatial Analysis at Cancer Care Ontario


Afshin Vafaei

Educational Background:  MD Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Science and Health Services, Iran 1996; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2008
Supervisors:  Beatriz Alvarado, William Pickett
Thesis Title:  The Impact of Community Social Capital on the occurrence of Injuries in adolescents and falls in older adults: Population-based Studies Conducted in Canadian samples
Position after Graduation:


Melanie Walker

Educational Background:  BSc Psychology, Queen's University 1997; MSc Epidemiology, Queen's University 2002
Supervisors:  Will King, Harriet Richardson, and Ralph Meyer
Thesis Title: VITAMIN D AND MAMMOGRAPHIC DENSITY IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN: A COHORT STUDY NESTED WITHIN A CHEMOPREVENTION TRIAL​
Position after Graduation:  Coordinator Scholar Competency and Population Health: NCIC Clinical Trials Group at Queen's University


Colleen Webber

Educational Background:  BA Psychology, McMaster University 2006; MSc Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto 2009; MSc (Epidemiology), Queen's University 2011
Supervisor:  Patti Groome, Jennifer Flemming
Thesis Title:  AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF COLONOSCOPY RESOURCES AND THE COLORECTAL CANCER DIAGNOSTIC INTERVAL
Position after Graduation: