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Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care,
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine,
The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine,
Western University,
1151 Richmond St,
London, ON, Canada N6A 3K7

Visitor & Courier Address
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine,
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine (PHFM),
Room 2137,
Western University,
1465 Richmond Street,
London, ON, N6G 2M

Tel: (519) 661-2111 Ext. 22089
Fax: (519) 858 5029   


Alumni ...
Alumni Profiles




Rachel Ashcroft

Rachelle Ashcroft, Wilfrid Laurier University

Rachelle Ashcroft is currently a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She graduated with a BSW and a MSW (Manitoba ’95 & ‘05). She has worked as a social worker within a tertiary care hospital setting in the areas of neurosurgery, trauma, oncology, nephrology, and mental health. She has also worked in the areas of HIV and community mental health. Her areas of interest include health policy, epistemologies of health, interdisciplinary collaboration in health practice, and the intersection between personal lives and the larger systems that organize social life.

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Emma Bray

Emma Bray, University of Birmingham

I am originally from a small country town called Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, UK. I did my BSc in psychology and sports science at the University of Birmingham, before moving to Bath for a year to complete a MSc in health psychology. After a year out being a research assistant at an eating disorders unit back in Birmingham, I returned to Bath in 2001 to complete a PhD related to the prevention of eating disorders. In 2005 I returned to the University of Birmingham to take up a research post in the department of Primary care and General practice where I still work today as a research fellow. My main role is as a trial manager on the TASMINH series of RCTs which investigate the role of self-management in the control of hypertension.

Out of work I enjoy walking and cycling in the countryside, eating out and meeting friends for drinks in the pub. My husband and I are hoping to run the Birmingham half marathon this year so I am currently trying to increase my running distances!

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Weihong Chen

Weihong Chen, University of British Columbia

Dr. Weihong Chen received her Ph.D in Nursing from the University of British Columbia in 2008. She joined UBC School of Nursing in the same year as a post-doctoral fellow supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc. Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on adolescent health issues, including adolescent health risk behaviors, health of immigrant youth, gender-culture intersection and its effects on adolescent health and development, survey data analysis, and research designs, especially mixed methods. Dr. Chen came to Canada in 2001 from Beijing, China. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing in her home country, and used to be a faculty at Beijing University School of Nursing.

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Laurie Ching

Laurie Ching, University of Calgary

I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After completing high school, I completed an undergraduate honours degree psychology at the University of Calgary. Following completion of this degree I obtained a Master’s thesis in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, and continued on to the Doctoral program. When I’m not busy doing school I love to travel, and enjoy great food. Given that I am half Caucasian and half Chinese, Chinese culture and food play a big part in my life.

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Philip Grandia

Philip Grandia, University of Ottawa

Philip Grandia was born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. Following high school, Philip joined the military and started his post-secondary education at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. Upon graduation, Philip began five years of military service as an infantry officer with the Royal 22nd Regiment in Quebec City. In 2005, Philip started a second undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax and in 2008 graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology. In September of 2008, Philip was admitted to the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Ottawa. Philip is married and has two sons aged 1 and 3.

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Rita Hamoline

Rita Hamoline, University of Saskatchewan

Rita Hamoline is working in her second year as a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation features a qualitative investigation of how primary care physicians create and maintain meaning in their work lives. Knowledge gained from this research will offer physicians insight into strategies used by colleagues to cope with job stress and to re-kindle meaning-making in their professional lives. This effort may lead to increased job satisfaction, retention of primary care physicians, a reduction of early retirement and decreased job burn out. A healthy physician work force has an immediate impact on the numbers of working physicians able to provide Canadian citizenry with accessible, timely and quality health care. Rita intends to broaden this research into a Canada wide study that will incorporate the creation of a web-based narrative-medicine portal through which health care professionals may engage in writing about their work experiences and the meaning inherent to that work as primary health caregivers.

Rita has worked as a Research Assistant on nationally funded research projects that include an interdisciplinary multi-phase study that queried the connections between cancer and aging. She is currently involved with two ongoing studies that investigate the impact of breast cancer in the lives of women. One is a national longitudinal mixed method study that measures the long-term effect of arm morbidities, namely lymphedema, reduced range-of-motion, and pain, after breast cancer treatment. She is a co-author on a pilot study to assess the effect of gentle yoga as a means of managing arm morbidities complications after women have completed breast cancer treatment.

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Lindsay Hedden

Lindsay Hedden, University of British Columbia

I am a first year PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, supervised by Dr. Charlyn Black, the Co-Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. My general areas of interest include primary health care reform, especially at the provincial and national level, health care policy, and use of evidence to guide system-level health care policy and health service delivery. My dissertation is a mixed-method case study, guided by political science frameworks, which aims to (1) examine the history of attempts at PHC reform in Canada, focusing on changes at the legislative and policy levels; (2) characterize the impact of these changes on the PHC system; and (3) identify the structures and policies that are facilitators of or barriers to reform. My work has been funded by a Fellowship from the Western Regional Training Centre for Health Services Research and the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies.

By way of background, I have a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Waterloo. Between degrees (and continuing part time during my PhD study), I am employed as a Health Economist for the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control. My work focuses on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of cancer programs provided by the BC Cancer Agency; the development of new standardized screening programs; and evidence informed methods for priority setting and resource allocation.

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Noah Ivers

Noah Ivers, University of Toronto

Noah is a family physician, working part-time at Women’s College Hospital Family Practice Health Centre while pursuing advanced training in Clinical Epidemiology at the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

In keeping with his generalist approach to clinical care, his research interests are broad, but all relate to the quality of care received by patients in primary care. Specifically, Noah is interested in developing and evaluating tools that help family physicians do ‘better’ for their patients, especially those with chronic disease. As an example, his thesis project is a cluster-randomized trial wherein family physicians will receive performance feedback describing the quality of care they are providing to their patients with ischemic heart disease and/or diabetes.

Noah believes that knowledge translation projects such as these are best approached from a multidisciplinary perspective; implementation science aiming to change physician behaviours should ideally stem from an understanding of theories of behavioural and/or organizational change and be evaluated using mixed methods. Noah enjoys travelling, sports, music, and occasionally getting some free time to spend with family and friends - preferably while eating something delicious.

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Farah McCrate

Farah McCrate, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Farah McCrate is a consultant in the Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is also a part-time PhD student in the Clinical Epidemiology program administered through the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. Her undergraduate training, a BSc (Hons) in psychology, was completed at Memorial University in 1998, and her graduate training, an MSc in Health Psychology, was completed at the University of Bath, UK in 2000.

Subsequent to completing her MSc, Farah remained in the UK for four years and worked as a research officer on a European Commission funded project that was being carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organization and many other countries worldwide. In 2004 she returned to Newfoundland and, after a year of maternity leave, worked for two years at the Primary Healthcare Research Unit (PHRU) at Memorial University as a research coordinator and project manager. She remains a co-investigator on three projects occurring at the PHRU. Her research interests include aging, older populations, chronic disease, primary health care, health services delivery and health literacy.

Her current position as an Aging and Seniors Consultant requires her to support the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework. This role has provided experience and insight into working with policy-makers, and an understanding for the uses of research from the decision-maker perspective. Farah has recently accepted a new position as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s and will be working in this capacity by the date of the symposium.

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Beth Murray Davis

Beth Murray Davis, McMaster University

I have been practicing as a midwife in Hamilton, Ontario since my graduation from the McMaster University Midwifery Education Programme. I hold an MA in Health Profession Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and recently completed my PhD in Primary Health Care at the University of Sheffield in England. I spent time living in the UK and working as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery during my doctoral studies. Currently, in addition to clinical practice, I work part time as a Lecturer in Midwifery at McMaster University. My research interests include interprofessional working and learning and health profession education. Outside of my professional life, I enjoy cooking, hiking and travelling.

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Michelle Nelson

Michelle Nelson, University of Manitoba

Michelle Nelson is a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba (Faculty of Pharmacy). Her doctoral research which had been funded by the University of Manitoba Duff Roblin Fellowship, explores people’s lived experiences with health care and what influence these experiences may have on individuals’ participation in health care services. She teaches as a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, and is the co-lead of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Team Training Initiative. She is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Her research interests include person centredness, interprofessional teaming, the concepts of recreation and leisure and a variety of social factors that influence health program provision and participation.

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Annette Rose

Annette Rose, Dalhousie University

Annette Elliott Rose (RN, MN) is currently a nurse consultant with a provincial program, which supports policy, education and research related to maternal-newborn care throughout Nova Scotia. She is also a lecturer and clinical instructor for Dalhousie University. Annette’s research interests focus on how intra- and inter-professional relationships impact women’s health outcomes and how integrated care delivery systems (and the relationships within those systems) support sustainable, accessible health care for women that is women-centered and based upon a broad understanding of health.

Her interest in primary health care stems from her varied clinical, policy, research and education experiences including clinical outpost nursing in northern Canada and informing standards and best practice in primary maternity care in Nova Scotia. Annette is currently working with her doctoral supervisor, Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, through the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research to build partnerships with a number of disciplines researching human resources for health nationally and internationally. Building on previous graduate work on nurse mentoring and using a needs-based (i.e.: what are the primary health care needs of women) health system and health human resources conceptual model, her doctoral research will focus on inter-professional learning and mentoring relationships within primary health care.

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Jaime Sapag

Jaime Sapag, University of Toronto

Jaime Sapag is a Medical Doctor and Family Medicine Specialist with a mention in adults (Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile) and Master of Public Health (Harvard University, U.S.A.) with special interest and expertise in primary care, social epidemiology, health promotion, mental health/addiction and evaluation. He is a PhD candidate in the area of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Jaime has been involved in different interdisciplinary research studies, integrating qualitative and quantitative methods.

Since April 2008, he is a special advisor/project co-ordinator for the Office of International Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH - Ontario, Canada), working to strengthen mental health and addiction capacity worldwide with a special emphasis on primary care in Latin American countries. He is one of the project coordinators of the current CAMH program entitled Mental Health and Addiction Capacity Building for Community Health Centres in Ontario. Jaime also has a Lecturer appointment at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto.

Before he arrived to Canada, he was working in Chile as an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile and as a consultant for the Division of Healthy Public Policies and Health Promotion, Public Health Subsecretary, Chilean Ministry of Health.

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Jacqueline Swan

Jacqueline Swan, University of Auckland

I am a General Practice Research Registrar currently completing a research pathway to fellowship for my general practice vocational training with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. My research currently is sponsored by a Primary Health Organisation and is focused around health services including patient feedback. I hope to pursue a more clinical focus at the TUTOR-PHC symposium. I work part time in clinical general practice and part time in research. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and this will be my first visit to Canada.

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