School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Celebrating Spring 2021 Graduation

  • General Introduction congratulations slide
  • L-R: Aging & Health - Adam Khalif,GDip and Lynn Haslam-Larmer, PhD
  • L-R:Anatomical Sciences (MScAS) - Geetika Ail, Ishani Atukoralalage, Jassica Mundy, Stevie Giles, Kevin Richards, Sara Girardi, Emma Wilson, Shelby Gilmore
  • L-R: Anatomical Sciences (MScAS) - Rebecca Lee, Brian and Jacob Kment, Demille Odoardi
  • L-R: Grad Diploma Arts Management - Daniela Casas and Ziwei Lu
  • L-R: Biomedical & Molecular Sciences - Tri Le (MSc),Jamil Muradov (MSc), Lori Minassian (PhD), Mandy Turner (PhD), Sidra Shafique(PhD)
  • L-R: Biology - Shrisha Mohit (MSc) & Branaavan Sivarajah (PhD) and Chemical Engineering - Julia Martin (MEng) & Anh Duong (PhD)
  • L-R: Chemistry - Januka Duwadi, MSc, Jiahui Shen, PhD, Oluwatobi Oyebanji, MSc, Yushi Liang, MSc, Manal Shalabi, PhD
  • L-R: PhD - Civil Engineering - Alexander Taylor-Noonan, Laura Segura Serrano, Valon Sylaj
  • L-R: Civil Engineering - Mohammad Saeid Ahadi (PhD), Saeid Zahedi (PhD), Amira Gill (MASc), Rahul Solanki (MASc)
  • L-R: Cultural Studies - Lea Mauas (MA) Daniel Asante (PhD), Stephanie McKnight (PhD), Sydney Hart (PhD)
  • L-R: MA in Economics -Evan Souter & Seth Kushniryk, PhD in Management - Oriane Couchoux
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Alyssa Hall, Adrien Poudrier, Ashley Funchion, Angela Usas, Jing Huang
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Tressa Lloyd, Lauren Waite, Karissa Young, Renee MacNeil
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Katherine Tso, Ilana Kunelius, Alice Miller, Alisha Dixon, Daniel Vincent
  • L-R: Education - John Bosica (PhD), Yan (Lizzie) Yan (PhD), Heather Morrison (MEd), Lisa Bucher (GDip)
  • L-R: Professional Master in Education - Danny Brown, Julia Snider, Kaitlyn Fox, Scott Reid, Joseph Desroches
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Katie Still, Niya Liu, Christine Gaudet, Alexandra Smith, Erica Brown
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Lindsay Stoness, May Ng, Myke Healy, Nicola Racanelli
  • L-R: Professional Master of Education - Sandra Farag, Kristin Priede, Urooj Ahmed, Allison Hunter
  • L-R: Electrical & Computer Engineering - Nebras Deb (PhD), Mohammad Ghazi Moghadam (PhD), Hajian Gelareh (PhD)
  • L-R:  Electrical & Computer Engineering - Aiswarya Mathew (MASC), Jaswin Kaur (MASc), Janki Patel (MASc)
  • L-R: Electrical & Computer Engineering - Yancheng Wang (MEng), Arshiya Belim (MEng), Kamal Andani (MEng), , Kavisha Nayankumar Pandya (MEng), Behnaz Seyedahmadi (MEng)
  • L-R: Geography - Carolyn DeLoyde (PhD), Daniel Lamhonwah (PhD), Michael Burnett (MSc), Matthew Senyshen (MSc)
  • L-R: Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering - Jamie Innocente (MASc), Kaj Sullivan (PhD), Daniela Iribe Gonzalez (MASc), Kelsey Grimes (MSc)
  • L-R: Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering - Shaza Kaoud Abdelaziz (MASc), Matthew Degeer (MSc), Shawn Hegger (MASc)
  • L-R: MSc in Health Quality - Melissa Milligan, Rachael O'Neill
  • L-R: History - Julian Hee Min Yang (PhD), Nan Zhou (PhD)
  • L-R: Kinesiology & Health Studies - Sophy Chan (phD), Sarah Dobrowolski (PhD)
  • L-R: Industrial Relations - Brittany Pedden (PMIR), Altaf Mohammed (MIR), Kareena Gandhi (MIR)
  • L-R: Master of Law (LLM) - Mohamed Morad Eldib, Uzoezi Umukoro
  • L-R: Master of Planning (MPL) - Nikita Jariwala, Ranbir Singh, Shayna Wedderburn, Sereen Aboukarr
  • L-R: Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MASc) - Michael Fader, Roderick Spender, Houcheng Tang, Flavio Martins
  • L-R: Mechanical & Materials Engineering (PhD) - Michael Shepertycky, Mark Kellenberger, Heshan Fernando
  • L-R: Mechanical & Materials Engineering (MEng) - Qingyang Zhang, Manudeep Pendurthi
  • L-R: Medical Sciences - Moaz Chohan (G.Dip), Navreet Ubhi (PMMSc), Komal Mehreen (G.Dip)
  • L-R: Deepanshu Prasad (MSc in Maths & Stats), Theresa James (MES in Environmental Studies)
  • L-R: Earth & Energy Resources Leadership (MEERL) - Mark Otterman, James Ako, Annie Jian
  • L-R: Afolabi Salami (MEng in Mining Engineering), Courteney Laplante (MA in Philosophy)
  • L-R: Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy - Kiran Birdee (MASc), Vasundhara (MSc), Ian Lam (PhD)
  •  L-R: Neuroscience - Siavash Eftekharifar (PhD),Joshua Maskowitz (PhD), Jessica Vanderlinden (PhD)
  • L-R: PhD - Computing - Ftoon Kedwan & Karim Lounis
  • L-R: Political Studies (PhD) - Linda Mussell, Olga Talal
  • L-R: Public Health (MPH) - Chelsea Waid, Eleni Gatzios, Zoya Punjwani
  • L-R: Public Health (MPH) – Pouria Midavoodi, Natalie Johnston, Kathryn Matsushita, Sarah Kelly
  • L-R: Public Administration (PMPA) - Sarah Dobbin, Barb Goodwin, Jennifer Kutten, Jill Williams, Natalie Arthurs, Pranab Das
  • L-R: Psychology (PhD) - Thomas Vaughan-Johnston, Irene Hong, Meaghan Wilkin, Chloe Hudson
  • L-R: Samira Kheitan (MSc in Pathology & Molecular Medicine), Julie Petrin (PhD in Rehabilitation Science)
  • L-R: Public (MPH) - Carolina Navas, Nancy Lin
  • L-R: Public Administration (PMPA) - Tanisha Lewis, Abdulla Husain, Penelope Corbiere
  • L-R: Medical Sciences - Moaz Chohan (GDip), Komal Mehreen (GDip), Navreet Ubhi (PMMSc), Asal Vahabimoghadam (GDIP), Farnaz Safavifar (PMMSc), Fadi Toro (GDip)
  • L-R: Neuroscience - Bailey Brant (MSc), Kristen Lacelle (MSc), Emma Robertson (MSc)
 

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. 

Our Stats?  Total number of graduate students under the School of Graduate Studies, graduating Spring 2021 is 556 (96 Doctoral degrees, 286 Masters degrees, 148 Professional Masters degrees, 26 Graduate Diplomas)

Doctoral Research Citations

Health Sciences

Lynn Haslam-Larmer (Aging & Health)

After breaking a hip, many older adults have difficulty in functional recovery. Dr. Haslam-Larmer’s research examined activity levels (step counts) of older adult patients in the hospital. With the use of activity monitors and through patient and staff interviews, her work identified key issues to be considered for engaging patients in activities.  

Lori Minassian, (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)

The role of the immune system in shaping cancer progression and treatment is continually being elucidated. Dr. Minassian studied how a specific molecular interaction between immune cells and cancer cells can contribute to malignant progression. Her work will hopefully help guide novel cancer immunotherapy combination treatments.

Sidra Shafique, (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)

Dr. Shafique’s research focused on understanding the mechanisms of birth defects induced by in utero exposures. Specifically, she investigated the embryonic signaling pathways involved in neural tube defects caused by exposure to the therapeutic drug valproic acid. Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. Her findings contribute to the design and development of safer therapeutic strategies to prevent birth defects.

Mandy Turner, (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)

Is there a way to detect irregularities in mineral regulation in the body earlier? Dr. Turner’s research suggests that might be the case. In the development of a new test, her research identified previously unrecognized differences in mineral regulation. These findings shed light on what may be a currently unrecognized health issue and may allow for earlier interventions to help prevent disease.

Siavash Eftekharifar (Neuroscience)

Dr. Eftekharifar investigated the role of important visual depth cues in experiencing virtual reality. His research demonstrated that motion parallax and binocular disparity (two of the main depth cues available to human visual system) significantly impact the experience of sense of presence, cyber-sickness, and relaxation in virtual reality.

Joshua Moskowitz, (Neuroscience)

How much effort will you go through to find a missing object? Dr. Moskowitz studied search behaviour in humans when they were tasked with searching for, and then reaching to, a target object. He found that people tended to search locations which minimized the physical effort or movement time needed to find the target. His findings advance our understanding of the factors that influence search behaviour in humans.

Jessica Vanderlinden, (Neuroscience)

Dr. Vanderlinden quantified cognitive impairments in patients with kidney disease using robotic technology. She discovered patients exhibited impairments in attention and executive function domains, along with novel perceptual-motor impairments. Her work will assist clinicians in determining how kidney disease affects patient’s quality of life.

Julie Pétrin (Rehabilitation Science)

Dr. Pétrin examined the healthcare access experiences and concerns of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis. She discovered that many Canadians felt that seeking healthcare services was not worth it. She pushed the field of access forward by refining the Candidacy Framework. She also prioritized access concerns of this population, which have been used to move MS advocacy efforts and research forward.

Arts & Science

Branaavan Sivarajah, (Biology)

There is paucity in long-term environmental monitoring data in Arctic regions. Dr Sivarajah used information preserved in lake sediments to understand how the sub-Arctic lakes around Yellowknife, NT have changed over the last 200 years. His research showed that these lakes have been impacted by half century of gold mining activities, urbanization, and climatic changes. This research contributes to the growing knowledge on how Northern lakes, that provide important ecosystem services to communities, are changing in a multiple stressor world.

Manal Shalabi (Chemistry)

Dr. Manal’s doctoral studies focused on design, synthesize, and produce multifunctional nanoparticles with reproducibility and high yields. Results showed that noticeably enhanced performance of organic solar cell doped with the as-prepared nanoparticles. Her findings contribute to sustainable development especially in solar energy.

Jiahui Shen, (Chemistry)

Dr. Shen developed 17O Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) as a new probe of glucose metabolism in HeLa cancer cells using site-specifically 17O-labeled glucose and related molecules. Her work resulted in the complete solid-state 17O NMR characterization for glucose for the first time and broadened the magnetic resonance application in cancer research.

Ftoon Kedwan, (Computing)

Dr Kedwan studied natural language processing to translate English language into a computer-comprehensible programming language using linguistics studies. This work helps people with no programming experience to interact with computers and databases without needing to learn a programming language. This shall break the gap between scientists or administrators and computers. This research gives an insight to translating English language into a bigger variety of computer programming languages.

Karim Lounis, (Computing)

Dr. Lounis analyzed the security of wireless networks in the context of Internet of Things. He discovered some security vulnerabilities, demonstrated various cyberattacks, and provided solutions to make systems more secure. He also proposed security mechanisms for resource-constrained devices to perform secure and low-cost authentication.  

Daniel Asante, (Cultural Studies)

Dr. Asante examined the impact and evolution of traditional belief systems in interaction with changing local economic exigencies and subsistence needs, colonial ideological and religious (mainly Christianity) intrusions, and the modern Ghanaian state policies or lack thereof. This study shows that traditional environmental beliefs and practices are still relevant in addressing contemporary environmental issues.

Sydney Hart (Cultural Studies)

Dr. Hart’s doctoral thesis investigated the visual culture of air travel and its links to logistics and resource extraction in postwar Canada. He combined extensive archival analysis with tools drawn from visual cultural studies and geography to produce a portfolio of critical writing and research-creation that challenges settler ways of seeing.  

Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) , (Cultural Studies)

Drawing from the methodology of research-creation, Dr. McKnight’s dissertation demonstrates the ways that surveillance contributes to contemporary colonialism in Canada, post-9/11. “Colder Now: Surveillance as Contemporary Colonialism in Canada”, reveals instances of surveillance and policy led marginalization, such as the creation of Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act (Bill C-51), the policing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (POC), and the circulation and of white bodies in public and digital spaces. Specifically, this dissertation theorized function-creep as a method of unsettling and disrupting whiteness, through the technologies that privilege our white bodies. Dr. McKnight found that research-creation is a methodology that strives on collaboration with technology, but more importantly, can be used to unsettle and creep our understanding of culture, policies, art, and research. Overall, this research theorizes and positions surveillance as a methodology and identity, rather than a structure or event. By analyzing surveillance as an extension of Dr. McKnight’s white settler identity, this project gives a unique understanding of how surveillance contributes to the production and manifestation of whiteness in Canadian society.

Carolyn DeLoyde, (Geography & Planning)

Dr. DeLoyde investigated benefits people receive from natural areas on the landscape.  Results showed that integrating ecosystem services into Natural Heritage System planning could improve the planning process if framed as a response to a common goal such as managing climate change.  Her findings will inform better land use planning and policy.

Daniel Lamhonwah, (Geography & Planning)

Dr. Lamhonwah investigated the impacts on hydrological processes and freshwater chemistry from thawing permafrost in the Canadian Arctic. His research resulted in the better understanding of how Arctic watersheds respond to deepening seasonal ground thaw, the short and long-term changes to surface water chemistry in watersheds impacted by permafrost disturbances, and where in the Canadian Arctic changes to surface water chemistry are expected to be the most pronounced with continued climate warming.

Kaj Sullivan, (Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering)

Breast cancer tumours contain as much as one hundred times more zinc than adjacent healthy breast tissue. This prompted Dr. Sullivan to study the way zinc is used in cancerous, benign, and healthy breast tissue using stable isotope analysis, a highly precise mass spectrometric technique. This work improves our knowledge of the distribution of zinc in breast cancer and the physiological processes involved. This knowledge could one day be used help to develop easy, non-invasive tests, such as a urine test, to diagnose breast cancer before the onset of symptoms.

Julian H. Yang, (History)

Dr Yang's research examines the authorial role in writing a successful hagiography during the so-called Middle Byzantine Period (modern day Eastern Mediterranean World, ranging from Greece, Egypt, Syria, the Levant, to Turkey) between the ninth and eleventh century. In this skeptical pre-modern society, authorial agency inevitably played a significant role in determining the success and failure of hagiographical narratives and the associated cults of the saints. Dr Yang investigated the range of authorial techniques to create authority, establish holiness, engage an audience’s interest, and express potentially contentious individual ideas found in Byzantine hagiographical narratives. The observations and analysis made in this study demonstrate two issues: that there is a recurring set of techniques which the authors learned, modified, and applied to write a compelling story; and that these authors, despite the fact that they were writing the most religious genre of literature in their society, used their work as an opportunity to achieve personal goals. 

Nan Zhou, (History)

Dr. Zhou studied the development of French materialism in the second half of the eighteenth century. He discussed the interplay between medical, ethical, religious, and political thought in that period and indicated that the effort to base the human body on the physical nature constituted the foundation as much as the dilemma of French materialism. His research deepens our understanding of the complexity of the Enlightenment and modernity.    

Sophy Chan, (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Dr. Chan’s research captures the lived experiences of favela residents facing eviction across Rio de Janeiro and explores how communities cultivate spaces of resistance for the right to remain. In today's increasingly unequal world, this research highlights the importance of creative and collaborative forms of activism to securing housing rights. 

Sarah Dobrowolski (Kinesiology & Health Studies)

Dr. Dobrowolski’s doctoral work examined health promotion ethics by way of an embodied and historical inquiry, to propose an alternative - critical, and relational - ethic for health promotion to better support human flourishing. Practically, she invoked sport as a way to explore how these ideas move and grow in everyday settings, and to collectively re/imagine how we may more meaningfully foster connection, and thus healthfulness, in and through such settings moving forward.

Ryan Groome, (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy)

In his two-part doctoral thesis, Dr. Groome studied atomic-scale evaporation as well as the mechanisms by which organic molecules bind and spontaneously self-assemble on gold substrates. His research contributes to our understanding of nanoscale surface phenomena and may provide important strategies for advanced nanomaterial design as well.    

Ian Lam, (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy)

Dr Lam's research focused on analyzing data from the initial “water” phase of the SNO+ experiment. Specifically, I developed data analysis procedures to search for a rare physics process known as nucleon decay. My work resulted in the best constraint to date on some forms of this process.

Linda Mussell, (Political Studies)

Dr. Mussell researched the intergenerational legacies of carceral policies in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She used critical policy analysis to show pathways forward: placing the keys (devolved power) in Indigenous community hands, and transforming policy-making to account for and address its harmful ripple effects on families and communities.

Olga Talal (Political Studies)

Dr. Talal researched ethnic politics, focusing on state regulation of diversity and public goods provision to minorities. She demonstrated that entrepreneurial bureaucrats can lead to accommodating policies toward ethnic minorities, even under governments otherwise reluctant to adopt such measures. She brought attention to the effects of power struggles between elected and non-elected officials and the latter's capacity to determine state policies toward ethnic minorities.

Irene Hong (Psychology)

Dr. Hong examined the practices parents use to manage youth’s technology use. She examined why parents behave as they do, and the impact it has on children’s cyberbullying experiences. Her research emphasizes that parents’ and children’s behaviours influence each other and that both perspectives need to be considered when examining youth technology use

Chloe Hudson (Psychology)

Dr. Hudson doctoral research focused on theory of mind—a collection of skills that allow us to identify what others might be thinking or feeling. She examined whether these skills manifest in observable behaviours that influence how we are perceived by others. Her research advances our understanding of how we navigate our complex social world. 

Thomas Vaughan-Johnston, (Psychology)

Dr. Vaughan-Johnston studied desired attitudes – opinions that people feel motivated to hold, and that shape how people engage with attitude-relevant information. Across several experiments he demonstrated how desired attitudes can be manipulated, and the psychological reactions that occur when people are prevented from forming them.

Meaghan Wilkin, (Psychology)

Dr. Wilkin examined the long-term impact of stress in adolescence on behaviour and brain areas associated with risk-taking.  Her research found that stress restricted to mid-adolescence produces long-lasting changes in reward centers of the brain, that favor taking risks in adulthood. These results highlight the importance of adolescence and further our understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms that are affected by stress during this developmental time point.   

Engineering & Applied Sciences

Anh-Duong Vo, (Chemical Engineering)

Dr. Vo developed advanced mathematical models for industrial batch-production of the bio-based polyether Cerenol®. She used estimability analysis techniques to determine and estimate important parameters in her models. Her work provides improved understanding about the influences of operating conditions during commercial Cerenol® production.

Mohammad Saeid Ahadi (Civil Engineering)

Dr. Ahadi’s research investigated the interaction between hyporheic and free surface flows associated with bars in gravel streams. His work developed our understanding of such systems while addressed the existing lack of information and data on such flows. This research has important implications for the management and restoration of the whole river environment.

Laura Segura Serrano, (Civil Engineering)

Rivers meander when they make a series of loops. Dr. Segura's research, focus on sediment transport and energy losses in meandering rivers; she also provides an empirical equation to correlate the length between loops and width of the channel. The results are applicable to improve design projects and software for river engineering.

Valon Sylaj, (Civil Engineering)

Dr. Sylaj studied the structural performance of concrete walls using innovative and higher-strength materials. His work helps increasing awareness to designers and the construction community on the use of new high-strength materials and systems to optimize the conventional building concrete elements. 

Saeid Zahedi Vahid (Civil Engineering)

In coastal regions there is little evidence of the impact of internal solitary waves (ISW) suggesting, continental shelves are an important contributor to the dissipation of wave energy in the ocean. Dr. Zahedi investigated decay models for ISW (amplitude and wavelength) over flat and sloping boundaries in lakes and oceans, to inform oceanographers how far these waves travel and possibly deposit sediment and nutrients trapped in a bolus core.

Alexander Taylor-Noonan, (Civil Engineering)

Dr. Taylor-Noonan studied how soil and rock particles interact with water to make debris flows move quickly and travel long distances. His research highlighted how these mechanisms can lead to scale effects between the field and laboratory scales, informing both experimentalists and practitioners assessing the safety of people and infrastructure.

Nebras Deb, (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Dr. Deb studied fiber optic communication systems with a focus on short-reach and access networks. He developed techniques for optimizing these systems and mitigating their impairments while using reduced cost and complexity. His studies pave the way for faster data rates and longer transmission distances for internet users.

Mohammad Ali Ghazi Moghadam (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Dr. Ghazi Moghadam’s research investigated all the possible modulation techniques of DC-DC DAB topology. His mathematical approach demonstrated that by taking benefit from a variable frequency with 50% variation, up to 10% reduction of losses is obtained. Also, it provided a straight-forward algorithm to optimally select the converter parameters.

Gelareh Hajian (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Dr. Hajian’s research focuses on bio-signal processing and end-point force estimation using the electromyogram (EMG). She investigated deep learning algorithms for force modelling and developed a novel approach that integrated EMG and kinematic information which accurately modeled force across-subjects, and outperformed other methods. Her findings may contribute to better prosthesis control.

Kaj Sullivan, (Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering)

Breast cancer tumours contain as much as one hundred times more zinc than adjacent healthy breast tissue. This prompted Dr. Sullivan to study the way zinc is used in cancerous, benign, and healthy breast tissue using stable isotope analysis, a highly precise mass spectrometric technique. This work improves our knowledge of the distribution of zinc in breast cancer and the physiological processes involved. This knowledge could one day be used help to develop easy, non-invasive tests, such as a urine test, to diagnose breast cancer before the onset of symptoms.

Heshan Fernando (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)

Dr. Fernando developed methods for autonomous excavation using robotic wheel loaders. Through full-scale experiments, he validated control and learning algorithms that enable consistent bucket filling in unknown and changing material conditions. The results have practical significance for advancing automation in mining and construction.

Mark Kellenberger (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)

Dr. Kellenberger examined the physics of high-speed hydrogen explosions. He revealed details of the effects that objects in the path of an explosion have by developing a technique to visualise complex 3D behavior. His findings advance safety in the chemical process and nuclear industries, as well as the emerging sustainable hydrogen energy sector.

Michael Shepertycky, (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)

Dr. Shepertycky studied exoskeleton development and human gait assistance. He developed a new class of lower-limb exoskeleton that increases walking efficiency by removing energy from the user. His research has advanced our understanding of the biomechanics and energetics of human gait.

Ryan Groome, (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy)

In his two-part doctoral thesis, Dr. Groome studied atomic-scale evaporation as well as the mechanisms by which organic molecules bind and spontaneously self-assemble on gold substrates. His research contributes to our understanding of nanoscale surface phenomena and may provide important strategies for advanced nanomaterial design as well.    

Education, Management, Law 

John Bosica, (Education)

When trying to improve mathematical instruction in the elementary classroom should we focus on teachers’ anxiety to do mathematics or anxiety to teach mathematics? Dr. Bosica’s research examined this relationship in order to improve mathematics instruction and teacher education for future elementary school teachers in Ontario.

Andrew Coombs, (Education)

Dr Coombs' primary goal of his research programme is to better understand the factors shaping educators’ assessment literacy; specifically, the impact teacher education and professional development have on early career teachers’ assessment practice.

Yan (Lizzie) Yan (Education)

How the recent changes in Canadian provincial testing programs effect secondary teachers’ classroom assessment practices? Dr. Yan’s study showed that teachers had more freedom and changed their design and marking practices in their summative assessment in a positive way, although more support is required to nurture a long-term change in classroom assessment practices.

Oriane Couchoux (Management)

Dr. Couchoux focuses on understanding how accounting regulation affects accounting practice and the accounting profession. Her dissertation investigated the impact of additional rules on the work of professional accountants, on their career path, and on their professional identity, highlighting some of the unintended consequences of new regulation.