TUTOR-PHC - A Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program






TUTOR-PHC 2013-2014 Trainees
Doug Archibald

Doug Archibald, University of Ottawa (Ontario)

Doug Archibald is the medical education research scientist at the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Archibald has a PhD in Education (University of Ottawa) and a Masters of Arts in Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). His research interests are in medical education, interprofessional education, research methodology, and eLearning. Dr. Archibald’s PhD dissertation involved assessing the critical thinking of learners using an online resource to develop research proposals. Dr. Archibald is the Program for Innovation in Medical Education (PIME) lead and works to support research, development, and evaluation of projects designed to enhance undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and faculty development in the Department of Family Medicine. His recent research includes investigating the feasibility and usability of tablet computers in clinical teaching environments, and the development and implementation of interprofessional education assessment instruments. Dr. Archibald has recent publications in the fields of eLearning and healthcare education.

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Eric Contant

Eric Contant, McGill University (Quebec)

Éric is a family physician working in a remote setting within a Cree Nation in Chisasibi, James Bay, Quebec and he is a Faculty lecturer at the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. He is now doing a part-time Master Degree in Clinical Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke and studying socio-economic status and its relation to self-management. His TUTOR-PHC project will be: A Randomized Controlled Multidisciplinary intervention for patients with chronic disease in a primary care setting: analysis of the impact of the socioeconomic status on self-management. His research interests are now on chronic disease, multimorbidity, socioeconomic status, Evidence-based medicine and KT. With the rest of his time, he enjoys cycling, running, being outdoors and thinking about the meaning of life!

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Alicia Davies

Alicia Davies, Western University (Ontario)

Alicia Davies has a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies. She is a Registered Nurse with an MScN from Western University. Currently she is a second year PhD student at Western University in the faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus on health professional education. Her work experience includes critical care, emergency, primary health care and nursing education. For the past 5 years she has worked within a Family Health Team providing primary health care services to individuals that experience homelessness. Her research interests include models of education for primary health care professionals and the experiences of primary health care professionals working with women that may be marginalized or face homelessness.

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Kyle Eggleton

Kyle Eggleton, Northland District Health Board (New Zealand)

Kyle Eggleton is a general practitioner working for a Maori health provider in Whangarei, New Zealand. He is also Clinical Director of Primary Healthcare for Northland, a predominately rural region of New Zealand that is 30% Maori with high levels of socioeconomic deprivation and health inequity. He has a Masters in Medical Science and is completing a Masters in Public Health at Auckland University. The topic of his masters thesis is the role of the general practice receptionist as an enabler to care or barrier to access for patients. Other areas of research interest are in equity for Maori, chronic conditions and safety in general practice.

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Cristina Grabovschi

Cristina Grabovschi, Universite de Sherbrooke(Quebec)

Cristina Grabovschi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Sherbrooke in Canada. After graduating with bachelor and master degrees in psychology and communication from the Universities of Bucharest and Montreal, she completed her PhD in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal, Canada. Her thesis focused on children’s representations of food and nutrition from a constructivist epistemological perspective, based on an interdisciplinary approach integrating communication and social psychology. She currently works at the Research Center of the Charles LeMoyne Hospital where she's studying the representation of vulnerability built by low income immigrants living with several chronic diseases. She's also interested in researching the role of socio-emotional communication in improving the health care experience for low income multi-morbid patients.

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Matthew Menear

Matthew Menear, Universite de Montreal (Quebec)

Matthew Menear is currently a PhD student in Public Health at the University of Montreal. Matthew has an Honours BSc degree in Psychology from McGill University and a MSc degree in Community Health from Laval University. His general research interests revolve around primary mental health care, including how such care is organized and how it can be improved. His doctoral research focuses on the influence of organizational factors on the quality of care provided to primary care patients with depression and other comorbid chronic conditions. Matthew’s TUTOR-PHC project will focus on understanding how to enhance patient engagement and shared decision-making within teams of mental health and primary care professionals delivering collaborative care. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his two children, aged 2 and 5.

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Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller, Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario)

Wayne Miller is a social worker in a Family Health Team in St. Catharines, Ontario, and an assistant professor (part-time) in McMaster University’s Faculty of Medicine. He has worked as a social worker in a variety of health care settings both in Canada and the United States. His research interests include the provision of mental health services within primary care settings and effective collaboration within Family Health Teams. He is expecting to complete his PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in the spring of 2013, with a dissertation titled “An Exploration of Men’s Internal Conversations Concerning Their Fathering Practices”.

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Tricia Morrison

Tricia Morrison, University of Ottawa (Ontario)

Tricia Morrison is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Université d’Ottawa. She has been an occupational therapist for twenty years. Tricia’s doctoral research investigated the therapeutic alliance in community-based occupational therapy. Cancer survivorship is the focus of her postdoctoral research, currently investigating survivors’ experience of work return/maintenance during and following cancer diagnosis. Tricia’s TUTOR-PHC project will extend this research into a related inquiry with primary care physicians.

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Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson, Western University (Ontario)

Kathryn Nicholson is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University (Western), under the supervision of Dr. Amardeep Thind and based at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western. Previous to beginning her PhD work, she completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Western) and an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences (Western). Her main areas of research interest include: electronic medical records, primary care, health services utilization, patient-centered care, the management of chronic disease, and multimorbidity. Using an electronic medical record (EMR) database, her PhD dissertation will aim to establish validated algorithms for chronic disease case ascertainment; and to use these algorithms to establish a framework for identifying patients with multimorbidity in primary care using EMR data. From there, she aims to continue her research expertise in the realm of primary health care. Her TUTOR-PHC Project will be focused on establishing a multidimensional and epidemiological definition of multimorbidity for use in her PhD work. She is looking forward to utilizing the unique and valuable transdisciplinary nature of the TUTOR-PHC program in her development, both academically and professionally, as a primary care researcher.

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Leanne Quigley

Leanne Quigley, University of Calgary (Alberta)

Leanne Quigley is a PhD student in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary and is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. She completed her MSc degree in clinical psychology also at the University of Calgary. Leanne’s research interests are primarily in cognitive and emotion regulation models of depression and anxiety disorders, as well as treatment of these disorders. Her current research projects include an investigation of cognitive inhibition and emotion regulation in depression, a longitudinal study of cognitive factors (i.e., attention, cognitive inhibition) in the prediction of relapse to depression in formerly depressed individuals, a study of self-focus and autobiographical memory in depression, an examination of comorbid problem gambling and depression in a community sample, and an evaluation of a clinical pathway for the treatment of adult depression in primary care. Outside of research, Leanne has a strong interest in animals and animal rights, and enjoys yoga, skiing, and travelling.

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Andrew Pinto

Andrew Pinto, University of Toronto (Ontario)

Andrew Pinto is a family physician and Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health. His research is focused on the economic evaluation of models of care and population-level interventions, in Canada and abroad.

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Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

Clare J Taylor is an academic general practitioner from Birmingham, England. She works in a busy inner city practice and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Birmingham exploring the diagnostic pathway for patients with heart failure. She was awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship by the National Institute for Health Research to fund this work in September 2012. Clare graduated from Cambridge and has published in the areas of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, and has edited a textbook called Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care. She is also interested in medical education and is a senior clinical examiner and lead for the Masters Heart Failure module at the university. She is also the First5 clinical lead at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. First5 is a programme to support new GPs through the formative years of independent practice.

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Catherine Turgeon-Pelchat

Catherine Turgeon-Pelchat, Consortium InterEst Sante (Quebec)

Catherine Turgeon-Pelchat works as a research assistant at Consortium InterEst Santé, a platform linking researchers, decision makers and practitioners by working on 3 lines: 1) research and development; 2) education and training and; 3) communication, linkage and exchange. InterEst Santé is interested in PHC organization in rural, remote and isolated areas, especially in Eastern Quebec. Prior to this, Catherine worked at Agence de la santé et des services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent on access to health care services for Anglophone minority and completed a M.A in social anthropology at Laval University (Quebec).

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Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson, University of Northern British Columbia (British Columbia)

Erin is a second year doctoral student in Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. A practicing family nurse practitioner, her research interests are informed by the rural and remote locations she has lived and worked in for most of her life. Her doctoral research is focused on increasing understanding of how patients negotiate primary health care services from interprofessional teams. Specifically, she hopes to foster understanding of how continuity can be established and maintained with multiple providers on a team. She is committed to meaningful linkages between research, education and practice.

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TUTOR-PHC 2012-2013 Trainees


2008-2009 TUTOR-PHC Fellows


2007-2008 TUTOR-PHC Fellows


TUTOR-PHC Alumni 2006-2007

Mary McNally, DDS, MA

Discipline: Dentistry
TUTOR Project: Focusing on building partnerships for the integration of oral health with existing primary healthcare systems in Canada, this research will develop and evaluate health promotion and prevention strategies to improve seniors' oral health and quality of life. (2006-07)
Current Position: Associate Professor and Head, Division of Preventive Dentistry and Oral Health Promotion Dental Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University

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Julie Kosteniuk, PhD (c) Social Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

Discipline: Sociology
TUTOR Project: My project concerns a study of the diagnosis and management of mental disorders in family practice, specifically, the factors associated with family physicians' responses to mental disorders presented in primary care. (2006-07)
Current Position: Full time Graduate Student; Research Officer, Applied Research/Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

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Catherine Snape, PhD (c) University of Manchester

Discipline: Family Medicine
TUTOR Project: General Practices as Learning Organisations, Exploring the relationship between dimensions of a learning organisation, organisational learning and complex problems (2006-07)
Current Position: Clinical research training fellow, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester; General Practitioner

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Svetlana Shklarov

Svetlana Shklarov, PhD (c) Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, University of Calgary

Discipline: Social Work
Research Interests: Resiliency and consequences of psychic trauma in older adults, multidimensional understanding of mental health and wellbeing in later life, cross-cultural and cross-language knowledge exchange, qualitative methods in the interdisciplinary research, and community-based mental health program evaluation
TUTOR Project: Resiliency and reawakening of posttraumatic sequelae in recent FSU immigrants who survived the Holocaust (2006-07)
Current Position: Part-time Graduate Student; Seniors’ Outreach Supervisor, Jewish Family Service Calgary

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Ruth Martin-Misener

Ruth Martin-Misener, RN, NP, PhD

Discipline: Nursing
Research Interests: the optimal integration of nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care settings
TUTOR Project: To evaluate the practice patterns of primary health care NPs in Nova Scotia, that is, what NPs are actually doing and how what they are doing may be changing the practice of other health care providers in their settings. (2006-07)
Current Position: Associate Director Graduate Programs; Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

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Sandra Regan

Sandra Regan PhD (c) University of British Columbia

Discipline: Nursing
Research Interests:
TUTOR Project: Nurse human resource planning using a population health needs-based approach. (2006-07)
Current Position: Full time student; Nursing Policy Consultant, College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

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Michelle Trumplemann

Michelle Trumplemann, MD

Discipline: Family Medicine
Research Interests: diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression
TUTOR project: Assessing patients understanding of cardiovascular risk (2006-07)
Current position: Practicing family physician and honorary senior lecturer at Department of General Practice, Auckland University

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Mike Coons

Mike Coons, PhD (c), Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo

Discipline: Psychology
Research Interests: Examining psychological and emotional factors that influence health behaviours in patients with chronic illnesses (e.g., heart disease, diabetes). (2006-07)
Current Position: Full time student; Contract Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Associates of Toronto

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Krisa Bray Jenkyn

Krista Bray Jenkyn, Ph.D. (C) in the Schulich School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Western Ontario

Discipline: Epidemiology
Research Interests: Falls prevention, economic evaluation, cost-effectiveness, Aging
Research Project: The proposed research will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a multi-factorial falls prevention program directed at WWII and Korean War veterans, their spouses and their caregivers residing in Southwestern Ontario. (2006-07)
Current Position: Full time student

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Gayle Restall

Gayle Restall, PhD (c) Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Discipline: Occupational Therapy
Research Interests: citizen and user participation in health policy development and early identification of preschool children with developmental risk factors.
TUTOR Project: The project explores the structures and processes that facilitate the participation of people who use mental health services in service and policy development and evaluation. (2006-07)
Current Position: Assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Manitoba

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Alain Turcotte

Alain Turcotte, M.D., L.C.M.C., C.C.M.F.

Discipline: Family Medicine
Research Interests: Organisation des soins de santé (Health care organisation); Soins de première ligne (Primary health care); Collaboration interdisciplinaire (Interdisciplinary management or collaboration); Maladies chroniques (Chronics illness); Multimorbidite (Multimorbidity); EMR;
TUTOR Project: Evaluate the impact a computerized clinical record designed for interdisciplinary work can have in the follow up of patients with multiple chronic diseases through various health indicators (2006-07)
Current Position: Clinical teaching, Family Medicine dept., Cité de la Santé de Laval, RUIS de l’Université de Montréal; Médecine familiale a ville de Laval et de Lorraine

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Nandini Natarjan, MD, CCFP, MSc

Discipline: Family Medicine
Research Interests: Primary Health Care Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
TUTOR Project: Investigation of the relationship between diabetic nephropathy and factors such as creatinine clearance, blood pressure control, diagnosis of hypertension, lipid levels, glycemic control and medication use in a cohort or primary care patients with type 2 diabetes (2006-07).
Current Position:Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University; Staff Physician, Family Medicine, Capital Health, Halifax

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Alexandra McIntyre

Alexandra McIntyre Smith, PhD (c), Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ontario

Discipline: Psychology
Research Interests: Individual and relationship characteristics associated with sexual behaviours and reproductive health outcomes in adolescents and young adults.
TUTOR Project: The factors that impact the physician-client relationship as a means of influencing adolescents' decision-making regarding reproductive health behaviours (such as contraception practices, pregnancy, and therapeutic abortions) (2006-07)
Current Position: Full time student

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Saima Anto, PhD (c), Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Discipline: Sociology
Research Interests:
TUTOR Project: Analysis of how gender inequalities within and between occupations structure inter-occupational relations (2006-07).

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