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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.

PhD Current Students

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 economics of ankle injuries: implications for health policy


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 


Saadul Islam

Educational Background: BSc (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh 2011. MSc (Environmental Toxicology), Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Thailand 2014. 
Supervisor: Kristan Aronson
Thesis Title: Genetic and environmental etiology of breast cancer and heterogeneity by tumour subtypes and menopausal status 


Nathan King

Educational Background: MSc (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), The University of Western Ontario 2012. Bachelor of Kinesiology, Brock University 2010.  
Supervisor: William Pickett
 


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 


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  


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


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


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


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


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 

PhD Alumni 

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


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 


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


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