School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Celebrating Spring 2020 Convocation

  • PhD grads in Biology, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, Chemistry, Epidemiology, Neuroscience, Pathology & Molecular Medicine and Psychology

    Cecilia Barouillet, Manpreet Sambi, Paulina Brzezinska, Adeela Manzoor, Liam Rémillard, Parisa Abedi Khoozani, Ricardo Dos Santos Vidal, Kalee DeFrance

  • PhD grads in Engineering - Chemical, Civil and Electrical and Computer

    Jaime Cazotti, Mahmoud Khademi, Cole Van DeVan, Titilope Adebola, John Kabanda, Abdalla Abdelrahman, Wenbo Li, Amr Elwakeel 

  • PHD grads in Cultural Studies, English, History, Law

    Jamie Jelinski, Kaziwa Dylan, Lindsay Young, Daniel Meister, Aprajita Sarcar, Sanober Umar, Stefan Brown, Cristobal Caviedes

  • PhD Grads in Education, Kinesiology & Health Studies, Nursing, Public Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Science

    Maha Al Makhamreh, Jessica Chan, Eleftherios Soleas, Louise de Lannoy, Kathryn Halverson, Brooke Linden, Surajo Sulaiman, Stephanie Thibault-Gagnon 

  • PhD grads in Computing, Management, Political Studies

    Alireza Sedghi, Ashiqur Rahman, Nafiseh Kahani, Rahma Al Mahruqi, Diego Moreira Soares, Raynold Alorse, Melissa Trivisonno, Shu Zhang

  • Grad Dip in Medical Sciences and Masters in Medical Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Psychology

    Nabiha Musavi, Moamen Hiba, Morgan Lion, Daniel Goldman, Joshua Davies, Julie-Anne Staehli, Brittany McBeath, Scott Squires

  • Masters in Arts Leadership, Geography & Planning, Religious Studies, Sociology

    Sarah Krahn, Basil Southey, Adrian van Wyk, Eric Post, Katherine Evans, Rebecca Longo, Leo Erlikhman, Sun Kyoung Won

  • Masters in Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Math & Stats, Public Administration

    Hannah Driver, Kurtis Westbury, Emmanuella Asiedu, Madiha Kazmi, Torrey Frith, Iris Longoria, Joe Sayers, Noor Rahmeh

  • Masters in Civil Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Ana Gisell Pazmino, Farhana Jabin, Daniela Hurtado Caicedo, Mohammad Gibran Mirza, Akhil Knodapaneni, Kaidi Chen, Shamannita Nundy, Victor Luna Laija

  • Masters in Engineering - Chemical, Mechanical & Materials, Mining.  Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

    Michael Tawadrous, Indranil Roy, Mohammadamin Haghnegahdar, Brodie Moore, Ravikumar Joshi, Tim Balcarras, Maria Bolgkoranou, Perryn Bennett

  • Masters in Education

    Casey Shelley, Danielle Manley, Fiona Bullard, Samantha Fittler, Hataw Mahmoudi, Ian Maclure, Jenna O'Connor, Heather Brooks

  • Masters in Education

    Keri Norrie, Keri Regan, Kimberley Waldbrook, Khadija Ahmed, Laura Wheeler, Mohammad Fateh, Lindsay Thistle, Christina Sottile, Sandra Bucciol, Christina Mariani

  • Masters in Education, Industrial Relations

    Sarah Jordan, Sherry Pielsticker Wedig, Tasha Sterling, Tracy Dietrich, Robert Delaney, Brooke Nelson, Omolara Babajide, Erika Leal 

  • Masters in Public Health Sciences

    Danielle Lee, Alexis Erlichman and friends, Izabelle Siqueria, Lilian Ochere, Caitlin Monaghan, Sufiat Fusigboye, Thivja Sribaskaran and friends, Zoe Kopp

  • Masters in Earth & Energy Resources Leadership, Rehabilitation Science and Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

    Mayda Malaspina Tovar, Natalie Cook, Simon Studer, Alicia Hodgins, Simone Markus

During your time at Queen’s you have learnt that we are fortunate to be able to live and learn about the lands we are on, the lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. Part of that learning is also to encourage reflection on what we do, what it means to occupy this space and what it means to foster inclusivity, all valuable learning experiences to take with you. Of course you have also worked really hard to learn about your chosen field of study. The School of Graduate Studies is very proud of you all and wish you all the best whatever your next steps are. Please stay touch!

For a full list of conferred graduates under the School of Graduate Studies go to the Registrars website

Doctoral Research Citations

Health Sciences

Paulina Brzezinska (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)
Dr. Brzezinska studied the signaling pathways and molecular components in vascular cell migration. She identified a novel protein signaling complex and elucidated how components of this complex talk to one another in vascular cells derived from the artery. Her research advanced our understanding of cell migration in cardiovascular disease.

Manpreet Sambi (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)
Dr. Sambi's research focused on enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy by repurposing anti-cancer agents. She also applied nanotechnology to efficiently deliver therapies to cancer cells and discovered a new mechanism of action of these delivery vehicles. Her work has a significant impact on the future of cancer treatment. 

Liam Rémillard (Epidemiology)
Dr. Rémillard investigated the spatio-temporal patterning of sexually transmitted infections in Ontario. His advanced application of geographically weighted and Bayesian hierarchical models resulted in the identification of the core cluster locations and susceptible demographics which will be used to direct public health programming efforts.

Parisa Abedi Khoozani (Neuroscience)
Dr. Abedi investigated the critical factors in visuomotor transformations, e.g. transforming visual representations into motor actions, required for reaching. Her results show that the brain must consider body and surrounding objects’ configuration as well as compensating for their associated uncertainties to successfully plan reaching movements. Designing effective neuroprosthetic can be named as one of the implications of her studies.

Kathryn Halverson (Nursing)
Dr. Halverson studied the experience of becoming and being a nurse for new graduates, utilizing a unique narrative inquiry approach to gather and analyze storied accounts shared by nurses. The findings of this work illuminate our understanding of professional identity in relation to transition to practice.

Dr Elizabeth Moulton (Nursing)
Dr. Elizabeth Moulton studied movement and mobility. She looked at how these concepts are related to one another and how we measure them. During her thesis, she developed a novel approach to clarifying concepts and their measurement. 

Ricardo Dos Santos Vidal (Pathology & Molecular Medicine)
Dr. Vidal analyzed patient data to better understand the effectiveness of a long-standing Ministry of Health program that defines an individual's eligibility for BRCA genetic screening. His studies provided evidence for the effectiveness of the Ontario program and produced additional recommendations to expand and/or improve the existing guidelines.

Brooke Linden (Public Health Sciences)
Dr. Linden’s research focused on the development of a new instrument to assess the sources of post-secondary student stress, The Post-Secondary Student Stressors Index (PSSI). The PSSI provides Canadian post-secondary institutions with a valid tool to help identify sources of student stress, and improve targeting of mental health related services.

Surajo Sulaiman (Rehabilitation Science)
Dr. Sulaiman explored the Quality of Life of Polio Survivors in Northwest Nigeria using interviews and critical review of the extant literature. His findings revealed that spirituality and self-perception are equally important aspects of Quality of Life for Polio Survivors in Northwest Nigeria. His research further identified a suitable preexisting Quality of Life measurement instrument for future cross-cultural adaptation in the Northwest Nigerian context. 

Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon (Rehabilitation Science)
Over 1 in 10 women suffer from provoked vestibulodynia or PVD, a condition which causes painful sex. Dr. Thibault-Gagnon studied women with PVD using innovative imaging methods and found that pelvic floor muscle morphology and behavior differed between women with and without PVD. Her findings may lead to improved treatment strategies for PVD.

Arts & Science

Rahma Al Mahruqi (Computing) 
Dr Al Mahruqi developed a semi-automated tool to migrate highly dynamic SQL-based web applications to use document-oriented NoSQL databases using source analysis and transformation techniques. This research contributed to the software engineering and source transformation by providing an automated database migration tool in web applications.

Nafiseh Kahani (Computing)
Dr. Kahani’s research focused on the automatic generation and validation of safety-critical systems in the form of abstract models from semi-formal specifications. Her work resulted in the proposal of novel and efficient solutions, along with open-source tooling for model synthesis and verification.

Ashiqur Rahman (Computing)
Dr. Rahman’s doctoral studies focused on software defect prediction. He investigated programming language features to learn source code defects. His findings contribute to software testing, through improved defect prediction model development techniques.

Alireza Sedghi (Computing)
Dr. Sedghi investigated novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for improving the detection of disease from medical images, enabling the application of the solutions in surgical interventions and translating these developments from bench to bedside. His research has advanced our understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of AI in healthcare problems. 

Kaziwa Salih Dylan (Cultural Studies)
Dr. Dylan coined the term ‘genocide Culture’ to study the socio-cultural discourses concerning genocidal violence in Iraq and argues against personalizing the history of genocide by assigning responsibility to a single agent or a single political organization. She avoids detaching the present from the past and argued that macro-aggression in the present are accumulations of the past micro-aggression.

Jamie Jelinski (Cultural Studies)
Dr Jelinski investigated the history and visual culture of professional tattooing in Canada from its emergence in the 1890s to its mainstreaming in the late twentieth century. His study demonstrates how tattooing broached divisions between cultural production and practical work and became a professionalized occupation in the process.

Jessica Roberts (English Language & Literature)
Dr. Roberts studied life narratives by former African child soldiers, focusing on Ishmael Beah’s "A Long Way Gone" and the affective and ethical claims it makes on readers. She shows how texts such as Beah’s exemplify new forms of testimonial literature bearing witness to the collective experiences of child soldiers and broader impacts of civil conflict.

Lin Young (English Language & Literature)
Dr. Young examined the history of ghost fiction and how Victorian depictions of ghosts were influenced by evolving histories of science and industrial production. Her research explores how ghosts were commodified and advertised as potential products in the Victorian era, and how that prompted authors to consider the ways in which their own souls had been commodified by modern life. This research blends histories of science and industrialization with the fantastical ghost story to show how one influences the other.

Stefan Brown (History)
Dr. Brown studied aspects of the eighteenth-century reception of Thomas Hobbes in Britain. He examined how the “Monster of Malmesbury’s” notoriety remained relevant and evolved during the period. In the process, he revealed how British moralists and theologians, including Shaftesbury, Bernard Mandeville, and Francis Hutcheson, navigated their own proximity to Hobbes’s ideas by redefining what it meant to be a Hobbist. Brown’s research uncovered the significant posthumous role Hobbes played in the emergence of the Enlightenment in Britain.

Daniel Meister (History)
Dr. Meister studied Canadian multiculturalism and specifically focused on the history of ideas that predated the official policy. The research reveals the limitations of early tolerance in Canada, by demonstrating that pluralism was shaped by race-based exclusions and allowed for only European peoples and cultures. As such, his work challenges assumptions about the origins and scope of the famed policy.

Aprajita Sarcar (History)
Dr. Sarcar studied the nuclear family advocacy in India from 1954-77. Her work examined how the national population control policy influenced popular culture and everyday life issues of the time. It addressed the archival remains of a massive campaign that transformed modern family life in the developing world.

Sanober Umar (History) 
Dr Umar's work traces the history of Islamophobia in India, and global understandings of the racialized figure of the Muslim which persists in ongoing and Post Partition politics in South Asia. In the process, her work also inquires about the relevance of caste as a lens of understanding Muslim identity, how Muslim bodies have been gendered, and how they navigate space in local ghettos.

Louise de Lannoy (Kinesiology & Health Studies)
Dr. de Lannoy’s studies focused on providing evidence in support of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) as a clinically relevant tool to manage lifestyle-based disease. She explored the association between CRF and mortality risk, the pathway through which CRF is associated with risk, and alternative methods for measuring CRF. Her results highlight the importance of measuring CRF to improve patient management.

Raynold Wonder Alorse (Political Studies)
Dr. Alorse examined why and how Canadian transnational mining firms partner with host governments to implement global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives on business, security and human rights (BSHrs). His interdisciplinary study improves the scholarly conversation on CSR, broadens the policy dialogue on sustainable development, and helps us understand how strategic interactions influence international ‘soft’ law, the international political economy of mineral resource governance and corporate governance.

Anja-Xiaoxing Cui (Psychology)
Dr. Cui's doctoral work investigated how humans learn about unfamiliar musical systems. Her work highlights the cognitive processes underlying our ability to quickly orient ourselves in new musical landscapes.

Kalee DeFrance (Psychology)
Dr DeFrance's research focused on the highlighting factors that influence the specific ways that adolescents manage their emotions, and the success they have when doing so. She also examined how strategy use and success managing emotions predicted levels of anxiety and depression two years later. Adolescence is a difficult period, with lots of big emotions. This research adds to our understanding of how and why adolescents experience success managing their emotions, as well as some of the elements that put youth at higher risk for mental health difficulties.

Engineering & Applied Sciences

Abdalla Abdelrahman – (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Dr. Abdelrahman’s doctoral studies focused on modeling the behavior of drivers. Using advanced statistical learning techniques, he developed a robust risk prediction model that can accurately forecast the long-term driving risk probability for different driving behavioral patterns. Moreover, he developed and tested a model that detects risky driving maneuvers using radar and inertial sensors. His results challenge prevailing assumptions on the leading factors associated with high driving risk probability. His developed models can be used in the fleet management and usage-based insurance domains to improve the conventional driver profiling systems.

Titilope Adebola (Civil Engineering)
Dr. Adebola investigated the performance of new technologies for deteriorated pipeline repair. She developed a method to evaluate the mechanical behaviour of a structural lining system using optical fiber sensors. Her findings contribute to the development of quality control guidelines to support the maintenance of aging water pipelines.

Jaime Cazotti (Chemical Engineering)
"Dr. Cazotti studied new approaches to make more environmentally friendly products. He showed that new bio-synthetic hybrid materials could be obtained using starch nanoparticles. His findings advanced the understanding of grafting techniques using nitroxide-mediated polymerization and Pickering emulsions."

Amr El-Wakeel (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
"Dr. El-Wakeel developed iDriveSense system that integrates vehicular and smartphone sensors within and amongst vehicles to offer robust road monitoring and personalized route recommendations. 

John Kabanda (Civil Engineering)
Dr. Kabanda proposed a new polygonal hollow steel section (PHS) which was compared to rectangular hollow steel sections (RHS) via experimental tests and finite element analyses. The results showed that the PHS can minimize web-crippling failure in thin-walled hollow sections and has almost four times the moment rotation capacity of comparable RHS.

Mahmoud Khademi (Chemical Engineering)
Dr. Khademi revisited the structure of the Electrical Double Layer at various interfaces and tackled several unanswered questions regarding the architecture of this extremely thin layer. His findings challenged some commonly accepted assumptions in the field and led to a clearer picture of behavior of ions and dipoles at the solid-liquid interface.

Cole Van De Ven (Civil Engineering)
"Dr. Van De Ven investigated the impacts of oil and gas operations on groundwater resources. His work has led to a better understanding of how greenhouse gases migrate, dissolve and flow through aquifers. His work allows for the development of improved monitoring and protection of groundwater resources and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."

Wenbo Liu (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Dr. Liu studied power electronics, electrothermal analysis and new energy technologies. He did design and research to improve the efficiency and reduce the size of power supplies. These work contributes to save more energy and create more convenient power-charging systems in daily life.

Education, Management, Law 

Maha Al Makhamreh (Education)
Dr. Al Makhamreh explored Relational Leadership within the doctoral supervision context in Canada. Her findings suggest that relational leadership is connected to positive leadership in a symbiotic relationship within the context of doctoral supervision. The relational/positive leadership model (RPL) that emerged from the data analysis is comprised of four influential factors: accessibility, approachability, and psychological presence (AAPP); trust; efficacy; and mentorship. These influential factors are, in turn, nourished by core leadership competencies: ethical, cognitive, emotional, and social. The RPL model can be instrumental for ensuring that doctoral students maintain their well-being and enhance their performance.

Jessica Chan (Education)
Dr. Chan investigated predictors of reading achievement in Chinese-English bilinguals and English monolingual students across Grades 3 to 6. Her research showed different contributions of cognitive and linguistic skills related to reading, which inspired her current research studying individual differences in academic outcomes among children with and without language-based disorders.

Eleftherios (Terry) Soleas (Education)
Dr. Soleas, looked at the question "What can be done to make innovation more likely?" and suggests that schools and other learning environments can motivate innovation through implementing specific strategies transferable across disciplines and contexts that would help promote the development of more thinkers and dreamers to confront the challenges society faces.

Diego Moreira Soares (Management)
Dr. Soares studied how social movements enact emotional culture to advance local production. He found that cultural performances celebrating local production play an important role in local food movements. These performances create a fun community spirit that engages participants in local food initiatives.

Melissa Trivisonno (Management)
Dr. Trivisonno investigated leaders' passion for leadership. After developing a conceptual model of and scale for the passion for leadership, she demonstrated the effects of a passion for leadership on leadership behaviors in an experimental study. Her research offers conceptual advances and practical suggestions for organizational leadership. 

Shu Zhang (Management)
Dr Zhang’s thesis focused on the critical role of information in corporate finance. Her study showed the information spillover effect from IPO market to the M&A market and how information acquisition shapes vertical supply chain financing. 

Cristóbal Caviedes (Law)
'Dr. Caviedes’ research assessed whether constitutional courts should strike down laws by a bare majority of judges. He concluded that laws should actually be struck down by a supermajority rule. Dr. Caviedes’ work significantly improves our understanding of how constitutional control ought to be designed; hence contributing to democratic reform.