School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Celebrating Fall 2021 Graduation

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.  

Fall graduation congratulations from the Chancellor, Principal and Associate Vice-Principal on Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation.

Our Stats?  Total number of graduate students under the School of Graduate Studies, graduating Fall 2021 is 980 

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  • L-R-Medical sciences and Biomedical Informatics Grad Dips - Beshoy Botros, Rute Clemente Carvalho
  • Grad Dip - Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Management & Innovation - Walter Garcia, Ravi Bhargava
  • Grad Dip - Professional Inquiry (Education) - Tanya Tighe
  • Grad DIp Arts Management - Laurel Swinden, Melissa Ho, Jessica Turner
  # Graduate Diplomas = 48
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  • L-R-MASc Mining Engineering - Adam Olmsted, Noufou Traore
  • L-R-MASc Civil, Chemical  and Electricial & Computer Engineering - Cursarbjot Singh, Steacy Coombs, Jeremy Roy
  • L-R-MSc Aging & Health - Colin Gillis, Gurvir Dhutt, Hannah Khan
  • L-R-MSc Aging and Health - Joyce Li, Lanlan Wei, Laura Ellis
  • L-R-MSc Aging and Health - Mark Reaume, Melissa Macri, Niloufar Siadati, Andargachew Aschenik
  • MSc Health Quality - Nikolett Raguz
  • Master of Public Health - Eva LIm
  • L-R-Nursing MN(PHCNP) & MN- Elisha Millard, Sarrah Pereira
  • Professional Master in Medical Sciences - Moaz Bin Yunus Chohan
  • L-R-MA Political Studies - Emily Quimby, Jamie Thomas, Keynoa Gallucci, Zoha Khalid
  • L-R-MA English - Jet McCullough, Shamael Mortuza, Steven Sprott
  • L-R-MA History, Art History and Arts Leadership - Jeffrey McPherson, Julia Saccucci, Milijana Tomic
  • L-R-MA Sociology, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies - Vaisnavi Thirunavukarasu, Lubna Alarda, Ashraf Thachara Padikkal
  • L-R-Master of Art Conservation - Emily McClain, ArtCon grads
  • L-R-MSc Kinesiology & Health Studies - Darius Soo Lum, Jacob Sartor, Julie Campbell
  • L-R-MSc Kinesiology & Health Studies - Megan Fleming, Philip Simpson, Robert Mackowiak
  • L-R-MSc Management - Farhad Hossain, Hamed Moradian, Niloofar Bahadori
  • L-R-MSc Management - Ugwuanyi Ndubuisi, Yu Gong
  • L-R - MSC in Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy - Anthony Krause, Arash Nikniazi, Erik Sauer
  • L-R - MSC in Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy - Hicham Benmansour, Zhimu Guo
  • L-R-MSc in Computing - Jerin Yasmin, Md Mirza Golam Hafiz, Stephanie Harber
  • L-R-Master in Biomedical Informatics - Abigail Kearney, Hanlin Chen
  • L-R-MSc Psychology, Biology, Math &Stats - Katherine Snelling, Jessie Reynolds, Xiang Xu
  • L-R-Master in Education - Albert Schumaker, Jiali Zhong, Katrina Carbone
  • L-R-Master of Education - Megan Tucker, Mia Yokoyama, Nathan Rickey
  • L-R-Professional Master of Education - Amy Passafiume, Agnela Fuller, Dema Asad
  • L-R-Professoinal Master of Education - Joselynne Gatis, Kirsten Fritsch,Laura McGinty, Lindsay Blais
  • L-R-Professional Master of Education - Leigh Di Nardo, Mandy Walker, Nataly Sarrigiannis
  • L-R-Professional Master of Education - Shanna Cullum, Susan Nigro & Anthony Perrotta, Suzanne Gordon
  • L-R-MSc Occupational Therapy - Aquila Ortlieb, Danielle Mee, Ian Powell
  • L-R-MSc Occupational Therapy - Julia Steiner, Julie Cameron, Katie Spicer
  • L-R-MSc Occupational Therapy - Jennifer Campbell, Keerthiha Ravichandran, Rediet Getachew Ayele, Sara FitzPatrick
  • L-R- MSc PT - Aaron Hsueh, Blair Poirier, Jessica Fieldhouse, Justine Henry
  • L-R-MSc PT - Lisa Casagrande, Paola Finizio, Jane Emblem
  • L-R - MSc in Physical Therapy - Lexy Mahon, Katy Brooks, Salima Hassam
  • L_R-MIR - Andrew Fairgrieve, MIR clan, Connor Jenkins
  • L-R-MIR-Oliva Lantz, Pearl Kwao, Tanya Lakobson, Keren Trejo
  • L-R-MPA - Adeela Manzoor, Connor Plante, Kiara Osborne-Pimental
  • L-R-MPA - Melissa Dean, Monica MOntag
  • L-R-Professional Master in Education - Tiffany Emery, Jeffrey Williams, Kristi Carter
  # Masters degrees = 716, # Professional Masters Degrees = 112
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  • L-R: Education PhD - Jackson Pind, Chad Munday, Amir Rasooli
  • L-R - Civil Engineering PhD - Jiying Fan, Stepanie Wright, Yuchen Liu
  • L-R - Mechanical & Materials Engineering PhD - Amir Moslehi, Mengqian Sun, Stephen Roper
  • L-R - Electrical & Computer Engineering Phd - Adel Ibrahim, Pourya Ghasemi
  • L-R - Mining Engineering PhD - Robert Baxter, Sebastian Avalos Sotomayor
  • L-R - Chemical Engineering PhD - Juan Manuel Gomez Cruz
  • L-R - PhD Neuroscience - Caroline Wallace, Nursing - Hibah Bahri, Public Health Science - Jennifer Ritonja
  • L-R - Rehabilitation Science PhD - Mulugeta Chala, Jeanette Parsons
  • L-R - Rehabilitation and Health Leadership DSc - Candi Raudebaugh, Karen Shannon
  • L-R - Political Studies PhD - Thomas Hughes, Jacob Robbins-Kanter
  • L-R -English & Philosophy PhD - Andrew Moffitt, Michael Tremblay
  • L-R-Chemistry PhD - Alastair Keirulf, Hannah Ramsay, Randa Althobiti, Jadab Majhi
  • Physics Engineering Physica & Astronomy PhD - Ananthan Karunakaran
  • Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering PhD - Callum Walter
  • L-R - Geography PhD - Carola Ramos, Jacqueline Hung
  • L-R-Kinesiology & Health Studies PhD - Jacob Bonafiglia, Mary Rita Holland
  • L-R - Psychology PhD - Laura Lambe, Melissa Milanovic, Pauline Leung, Steven Lamontagne
  • L-R - Computing PhD - Taher Ghaleb, Taylor Smith
  • Biology PhD - Phinyaphat Srithiphaphirom
  • Mathematics & Statistics PhD - Xinyi Ge
  • L-R - Law PhD - Ekaterina Antsygina, Ana Chuc Gamboa
  • Management PhD - Pujawati Gondowijoyo
# Doctoral degrees = 104

Doctoral Research Citations

Health Sciences

Hibah Bahri, Nursing

Dr. Bahri explored the use and type of human patient simulation and the pedagogical principles underpinning their use in undergraduate nursing education in Saudi Arabia. This study seeks to determine how different learning theories support using simulation and explore how the practice of using clinical simulation is employed in nursing education in the Saudi Arabian context. The findings benefit educators implementing the NLN /Jeffries Simulation framework in their simulation work, as they will have a better understanding of what learning theories they should be grounded in, to make the most of their use of the model. This research also develops a comprehensive picture of how simulation is being used in Saudi Arabian nursing education and promotes the best practice of simulation-based learning and teaching.

Mulugeta Chala, Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Chala’s research focused on building foundational knowledge to design context based chronic low back pain self-management in Ethiopia. His research resulted in the understanding of the lived experience of people with chronic low back pain and how health care providers support them to self-manage, and the adaptation and validation of tools which support the self-management process.

Jeanette Parsons, Rehabilitation Science

Changing academic accommodations is a big part of the transitioning experience for high school students with disabilities entering university.  Dr. Parsons examined how these changes relate to their overall university experience.  Her findings identified ways that educators can better support transitions for students with disabilities.   

Candi Raudebaugh, Rehabilitation and Health Leadership

Dr. Raudebaugh studied life skills training for students in therapy assistant diploma programs. She developed and evaluated online life skills training modules on performance management, money management, and manual skills. Her research can be applied to contexts where college students would benefit from explicit support in developing life skills.

Jennifer Ritonja, Public Health Sciences

Dr. Ritonja`s doctoral studies focused on examining the relationship between night shift work and breast cancer risk in women. She found that working longer years of night shift work increases the risk of breast cancer risk, and that working at night can disrupt biological processes such as hormone secretions and epigenetics. Her findings contribute to the understanding of working night shifts as a carcinogen for cancer.

Karen Shannon, Rehabilitation and Health Leadership

Dr. Shannon studied how health and education leaders envision effective collaboration in rehabilitation therapy services for children and youth in Ontario's schools. Her findings showed that there was no common vision or shared understanding of the current mandate for services. Findings and recommendations from this study may be used to advance the creation of a shared vision for services.

Caroline Wallace, Neuroscience

Dr. Wallace’s doctoral studies examined the effects of probiotics on symptoms of depression and the biophysiological changes along the gut-brain axis underlying this relationship. Her findings contribute to a growing body of research exploring novel, effective, and well-tolerated nutrition-based interventions for psychiatric disorders.

Arts & Science

Randa Althobiti, Chemistry

Dr. Althobiti examined the accumulation of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in wheat and natural toothbrush using an on-line leaching method simulating the human gastrointestinal tract. This method afforded the continuous monitoring of elements by inductively coupled plasma (ICP) mass spectrometry (MS) as they were released from those samples. This dynamic model provide data which were reproducible and comparable with those obtained by a conventional batch model despite taking 15 min instead of over 4 h. Moreover, multiple peaks in the temporal profiles measured during on-line leaching confirmed an additional source of contamination, which was further confirmed by correlations between the leaching profiles of different elements and between Pb isotopes. The bio-accessibility results were also used as part of a human health risk assessment where they were compared to tolerable daily intake values.

Jacob Bonafiglia, Kinesiology and Health Studies

Dr. Bonafiglia’s doctoral studies examined health responses to structured exercise training at the individual level. His work clarified that while certain individuals appear as “responders” or “non-responders” to exercise, these differences are likely caused by other behavioural changes rather than exercise itself.

Xinyi Ge, Math and Stats

Dr. Ge studied the identification of treatment-sensitive subgroups for the longitudinal data. She developed statistical methods to help clinical researchers to identify treatment-sensitive subgroups of patients based on their biomarkers. Her research provides novel methods for the analysis of data from clinical trials.

Mary Rita Holland, Kinesiology & Health Studies

Family caregivers, particularly those who live- in, are tasked with navigating the material conditions of the home as well as its meaning, trying to preserve family history and memory while operating within the constraints of everyday life. Such constraints are particularly challenging for family caregivers who are women and/or living on low income for whom the home can seem like a confined space, both literally and metaphorically (Holland, 2021, p. 96).

Aidan (Thomas) Hughes, Political Studies

Dr. Hughes studied the way in which NATO, the Soviet Union, and Russia responded to others’ military exercises. He discovered that each party interpreted exercises differently, highlighting distinction in the way states understand the threats that face them. This research helps to understand how better relationships can be built between enemies.

Jacqueline Hung, Geography

Dr. Hung’s doctoral research examined the effects of climate warming on soil processes that dictate the role of the Canadian High Arctic as a source or sink of greenhouse gases. Her research advances our understanding of how terrestrial High Arctic ecosystems will respond to and influence the global climate system in the future.

El Jones, Cultural Studies

Dr. Jones’ doctoral research used poetry, scholarship, creative reflection and community-engaged learning with prisoners to detail the dimensions of state violence and resistance in Canada. Her work expands abolitionist thinking in Canada, proposing models of research and community engagement that challenge ideologies of policing and punishment.

Alastair Kierulf, Chemistry

How much dirt do you eat daily? More than you might think! In his doctoral thesis, Dr. Alastair Kierulf explored an on-line model for contaminated soil exposure and human health risk assessments. These bioaccessibility models simulate exposure to contaminated soils using artificial gastrointestinal fluids and critically inform cleanup strategies.

Laura Lambe, Psychology

Dr. Lambe’s research examined the behaviors use youth to defend their peers against bullying. Using diverse methodologies, including a virtual-reality study, she demonstrated that youth use comforting, reporting, solution-focused, and aggressive behaviours to defend their peers. Her results have important implications for bullying prevention.

Steven Lamontagne, Psychology

Dr. Lamontagne studied neural underpinnings of depression, with a specific focus on negative effects of stress. Using rodent and human designs, he found that depressive symptoms could be alleviated with drugs that act on the dopamine system. His work sheds light on novel pharmacological treatments that could help people living with depression.

Pauline Leung, Psychology

Dr. Leung examined interpersonal mechanisms that may lead to or maintain unhealthy eating habits among young adults. Across several studies, a mediation pathway was discovered, implicating attachment, socially prescribed perfectionism (i.e., striving for perfection in order to please others), and self-esteem in the development of disordered eating.  

Jadab Majhi, Chemistry

Dr. Majhi developed a novel method to transform a mixture of alkene reactants into a single configured alkylated alkene product.   This new dynamic kinetic resolution of alkene offers an alternative to existing stereoselective strategies to access alkene. His research advanced the field of alkene preparation. 

Melissa Milanovic, Psychology.
Depression impacts neurocognition which may be addressed with a treatment called Cognitive Remediation. Observing varied engagement in, and outcomes from, this intervention prompted Dr. Milanovic to explore why this is so. Her research advances our understanding of factors involved in the motivation to engage in this treatment and ways of inciting participation.

Andrew Moffitt, English

Dr. Moffitt studied the intersections between ideology, cultural production, and human reproduction in the literature of the interwar period. He examined the work of three modernist writers: Virginia Woolf, Marie Stopes, and H.D. His research compared the modernist aesthetics of three previously unexamined writers and invited new ways of reading modernist literature through the lens of gendered embodiment.”

Carola Ramos, Geography

Dr. Ramos’ doctoral studies focused on the Awajún people’s trajectory of constructing territorial autonomy in the Peruvian Amazon. Her findings show how the Awajún’s articulations and practices regarding territory are reframing the Peruvian state beyond a monolithic unitary nation-state. Her study underlines the possibilities and limits for Indigenous peoples to create emancipatory spaces. 

Hannah Ramsay, Chemistry

Dr Ramsay studied an emerging class of materials called silver nanoclusters, which have interesting properties due to their small size. Results showed that these nanoclusters have potential to be used as next generation therapeutic agents in the treatment of cancer. This work represents an important jumping off point for future research that will advance the field of personalized medicine.

Jacob Robbins-Kanter, Political Studies

Dr. Robbins-Kanter studied the internal dynamics of Canadian political parties. His research asked when and why local campaigns deviate from the instructions of the national campaign during federal elections. The research challenges assumptions about the coercive power of the central party apparatus and speaks to persistent concerns about the quality of Canadian democracy. 

Taylor Smith, Computing

Dr. Smith's thesis investigated a model of computation known as a two-dimensional automaton. He considered various properties of this model in his thesis, including the decidability of problems, the ability to recognize classes of languages, and the closure of language operations. He also studied restrictions and extensions of two-dimensional automata, and established connections between these variant models and the original model. The results in this thesis will be used in the future to refine the performance of algorithms that operate on two-dimensional data, as Dr. Smith---now Prof. Smith---continues his research in the Department of Computer Science at St. Francis Xavier University.

Phinyaphat Srithiphaphirom, Biology

Dr. Srithiphaphirom investigated the mechanism of rapid cold hardening (RCH) and its effect on the onset of stress-induced coma in the locust central nervous system (CNS). Her research contributes to a better understanding of the mechanism of RCH and highlights the role that the CNS has in mediating and modulating stress tolerance in insects.

Michael Tremblay, Philosophy

Dr. Tremblay studied the educational curriculum of Epictetus, a 1st century thinker who ran a school of Stoic philosophy. In particular, he examined Epictetus’ views on relationship between studying theory, training, and moral development. This research helped advance our understanding of ancient psychology and educational practices. 

Callum Walter, Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

Dr. Walter studied the integration of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) with high-resolution optically pumped magnetometers. His research has resulted in the successful development and operation of UAV-borne aeromagnetic systems and has established them as a safe, non-invasive technique for performing geophysical characterizations of the Earth.


Engineering & Applied Sciences

Sebastian Avalos Sotomayor, Mining Engineering

Dr. Avalos examined the benefits of using advanced predictive methods applied to geometallurgical modeling. His research demonstrates the potential of merging geostatistics and deep learning in geological modeling, mine planning, and mining operations. The geoscience community and particularly the mining industry are benefit from this research.

Robert Baxter, Mining Engineering

Dr. Baxter’s doctoral studies focused on the adsorption and retention of gaseous hydrogen fluoride (HF) by alumina, at both conventional and elevated temperatures. His work resulted in the discovery of novel methods that have enabled the development of superior technologies for the reduction of HF and greenhouse gas emissions

Jiying Fan, Civil Engineering

Dr. Fan studied the performance of geosynthetics in tailings storage applications. He proposed a method of predicting leakage through geomembrane defects and investigated the factors triggering the piping-induced failure. His research contributes to a better and safer way of dealing with tailings.

Pourya Ghasemi, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Ghasemi studied the emergence of higher-order electromagnetic modes within the geometrically perturbed fiber-optic waveguides. He developed both theoretical and experimental methods to investigate the excitation of higher-order modes. His research advanced our understanding of the development of optical devices and sensors.

Taher Ghaleb, Computing

Dr. Ghaleb conducted software mining studies to discover why developers are not fully satisfied with Continuous Integration (CI). His results showed that misusing CI and the heavy CI workload have significant associations with lower CI performance. His research guides developers, researchers, and CI providers to improve CI performance in practice.

Juan Manuel Gomez Cruz, Chemical Engineering

Dr. Gomez focused his research on the development of optofluidic (bio)sensors utilizing periodic nanostructures through theory, computational and experimental approaches. He successfully developed a portable point-of-care platform for the diagnosis of urinary tract infections. The platform allowed for the real-time detection of pathogenic bacteria in clinically relevant concentrations. His research contributes to the development of portable, accurate, and cost-effective sensing platforms that can be applied to other clinical applications.

Adel Ibrahim, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Ibrahim's work focused on developing wireless sensing technologies for construction and mining equipment. He developed novel sensing and telecommunication techniques to address the challenges of harsh operating conditions. Furthermore, he employed the concepts of information theory to introduce an entropic sensing approach which significantly enhances the energy efficiency of any given wireless sensor

Ananthan Karunakaran, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

The smallest galaxies (dwarf galaxies) in the early Universe are the building blocks of the larger ones we see today. Dr. Karunakaran has been at the forefront of characterizing dwarf galaxy properties in the local Universe. He has taken a multiwavelength approach to make direct comparisons to the predictions of state-of-the-art simulations.

Yuchen Liu, Civil Engineering

Dr. Liu studied the structural performance of corrugated steel culverts, which are critical infrastructure assets. He conducted novel field experiments using state-of-the-art sensors, performed 3D numerical modelling, and proposed new design equations, which advanced our fundamental understanding of culvert behaviour.

Amir Moslehi, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. Moslehi investigated the feasibility of combining non-invasive brain imaging modalities to improve decoding accuracies for brain computer interfaces (BCIs). By using channel selection and machine learning algorithms, his work provided insights on developing person-specific algorithms to target active areas of the brain in BCIs.

Stephen Roper, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. Roper’s doctoral studies focused on the development of optimization methodology for lightweight systems design. With an emphasis on automotive applications, his research introduced a novel approach for simultaneously conducting structural topology and component packaging optimization of vehicle architectures. This work provides a practical design tool to support the industry shift toward electric and autonomous mobility platforms

Mengqian Sun, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dr. Sun studied the low-velocity impact on sandwich structures that are employed in aircraft. She proposed a novel method to characterize the effect of the adhesive on the core damage and a new algorithm for contact analysis. Her study advances the understanding of the damage mechanism of honeycomb sandwich panels under low-velocity impact.

Stephanie Wright, Civil Engineering

Dr. Wright investigated how snowmelt travels through cracks in bedrock to replenish groundwater resources. This study revealed the drivers, pathways, and mechanisms of shallow bedrock recharge under climate change which will help water resource professionals manage and protect groundwater supplies relied on for domestic and agricultural use.


Education, Management, Law 

Chad Munday, Education

Post-secondary institutions have incorporated mandates to expand work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students. Specifically, the Ontario college system has responded to this demand and sought to provide every student with a WIL experience. Dr. Munday studied these unique learning experiences and how the learning environment impacted students’ learning processes and outcomes. Dr. Munday found that students’ readiness for self-directed learning (SDL) and students’ conception of learning and understanding were impacted by participation in particular WIL activities. These findings highlight the importance of ensuring students are ready to participate in a WIL activity within an SDL environment and are exposed to learning environments promoting high task authenticity with a strong connection to the workplace. His research highlighted factors related to maintaining the integrity of WIL activities.

Jackson Pind, Education

Dr. Jackson Pind studied the history of Indian Day Schools in Ontario through Indigenous-community based research with Curve Lake First Nation. This study repatriated historical evidence to the community and provided additional context from the federal archives regarding the operation of this racially segregated school in relation to the Ontario education system between 1899-1978.  

Amir Rasooli, Education

My research aims to contribute to promoting fairness and equity in classroom assessment. To this end, I have explored Ontario students’ perceptions and experiences of un/fair practices during their secondary schools. The results inform guidelines for fairness education in teacher college courses as a response to assessment policies in Canada.

Trevor Strong, Education

Dr. Strong examined Ontario elementary curriculum documents (1853-2018) to describe how their conceptions of creativity have altered over time. He proposed five historical periods, each marked by a different conception. His research demonstrates the need to consider creativity as a construct that changes according to context and purpose.

Pujawati Mariestha Gondowijoyo, Management

Dr. Gondowijoyo studied how organizations can promote employees' honesty. Results demonstrated that additional support is needed for employees to express their preferences for honesty, especially when honesty is socially risky. Insights from her research help organizations strengthen their anti-fraud strategies.

Ekaterina Antsygina, Law

Dr. Antsygina's thesis explores how Canada, Denmark, and Russia can delimit their continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles in the Arctic. It analyzes the regimes of the continental shelf and the Arctic, and the rules applicable to maritime delimitation, to develop a delimitation scenario for the overlapping shelves of the concerned states. 

Ana Chuc Gamboa, Law

Using historical and critical methods, Dr. Chuc-Gamboa reconstructed the parallel debates, negotiations, and development of the international trade and human rights regimes from 1945 to 1995 with the purpose of untangling the roots of their estrangement and unearthing the misconceptions surrounding their relationship

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