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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:
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 and 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 and 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:
 


Michaela Koller

Educational Background: BA (Psychology), McGill University 1987; MA (Educational Psychology and Counselling), McGill University 1992.
Supervisors: Heather Stuart and Terry Krupa 
Thesis Title:
Multi-site Evaluation of Contact-Baed 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 
Supervisor:  Will King
Thesis Title:  The role of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure on the burden of skin cancer in Canada and its relationship with a novel epigenetic marker of intermediate carcinogenic effect


Michael Palmer

Educational Background: BSc (Life Sciences), Queen's University 1983. MSc (Epidemiology), Queen's University 1988.
Supervisor: Harriet Richardson and 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 and 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 and William Pickett
Thesis Title: Spatial Analysis of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Ontario


Jennifer Ritonja

Educational Background: BSc (Life and Health Sciences), Carleton University 2015. 
Supervisor:  Kristan Aronson and Joan Tranmer
Thesis Title: 
 


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 Hanana and Patti Groome


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 and William Pickett
Thesis Title:  THE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH ECONOMICS OF ANKLE INJURIES:  IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH POLICY


Naomi Cahill

Educational Background: BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics), Kings College of London 2001. MSc (Epidemiology), Queen's University 2007.
Supervisors: Heather Stuart and 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 JanssenWilliam 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 and Paul Kurdyak 
Thesis Title: The association between a severe psychiatric illness and worse cancer outcomes
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 and 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 and William Pickett
Thesis Title: The Impact of Community Social Capital on Injuries: Population-based Studies Conducted across the Lifecourse
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 and Jennifer Flemming 
Thesis Title: Geographic variation in potential access to colonoscopy and its association with the colorectal cancer diagnostic interval
Position after Graduation: