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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




Joseph Bahemuka

Joseph Bahemuka, McMaster University (Ontario/Uganda)

Joseph Bahemuka has over 10 years of global Health and development programming in Sudan and Uganda. Prior to joining McMaster for a PhD program, he worked with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordinator. Joseph worked with World Vision International as a Regional Programme Coordinator, providing overall coordination and technical support to the SPEAR project (Supporting Public Sector workplaces to Expand Action and Responses to HIV & AIDS), a HIV & AIDS work place USAID funded project. He also worked with Uganda Red Cross Society as a Project Officer Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) project funded by European Union (EU). He led the planning, coordination, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of WATSAN activities. He served as a consultant with Connexxion Trust International where he was involved in capacity building, policy advocacy, coaching and mentoring to NGO and government staff. Joseph managed a UNWFP funded nutrition AIDS project with the AIDS support Organization (TASO) in Uganda, Partnership and Networking Officer with International Justice Mission, and as a visiting lecturer for Bachelor level in Community Leadership and Development at Uganda Christian University. His greatest achievement was working on the national task force that contained Ebola spread during the outbreak in Uganda in 2007. His research interests are in maternal and child health, water and sanitation and education. Joseph is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Social Work at McMaster University. He holds a master of Public Health Leadership (MPHL) specializing in maternal and newborn health and a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration (BWSA).

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Marie_Claude Lord

Marie-Claude Lord, Universite de Laval (Quebec)

Marie-Claude is a hospital pharmacist at the Hôpital de Montmagny and a PhD candidate in Community Health at Université Laval. She completed her Baccalaureat in Pharmacy at Université Laval followed by a Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Practice in Hospital Settings at Université de Montréal. Marie-Claude is involved in various committees with the Association des pharmaciens en établissement de santé du Québec (Quebec association for pharmacists working in healthcare institutions). Marie-Claude is interested in the organization of pharmaceutical practice in hospital settings.

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Catherine Donnelly

Catherine Donnelly, Queen's University (Ontario)

Catherine Donnelly is an occupational therapist and third year PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. Her research is situated within primary care, exploring the role of evaluation in building and translating knowledge. Catherine has been an adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Rehabilitation at Queen’s University for the past seven years and has worked closely with the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

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Patricia Gabriel

Patricia Gabriel, University of British Columbia (British Columbia)

Patricia Gabriel is a physician practicing full service family medicine in Coquitlam BC. She is also part of the Clinician Scholar Program at UBC and is doing her Master's of Health Science at SFU. Her research interests are broadly focused on access to primary health care for newcomers to Canada. Outside of work, Patricia likes to hike, bike, philosophize and maintain her childhood dreams of changing the world.

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Carrie Hand

Carrie Hand, Queen's University (Ontario)

I am an occupational therapist by training and I completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in September 2011. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at Queen's University and my research interests include older adults, chronic disease, and environmental influences on health and participation

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Karen Hoare

Karen Hoare, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Karen Hoare is a Nurse Practitioner for Children and Young People and partners with five general practitioners in a practice in South Auckland. Additionally she has a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer across the School of Nursing and the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care within the University of Auckland. Her role is to develop primary health care nursing; she has very recently completed her PhD using a grounded theory design to investigate how practice nurses use information in their work. Her findings illustrate the value of new graduate nurses in general practice. Originally trained as primarily a children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street hospital, London, her experiences working with children and young people span the globe, immigrating to New Zealand from the UK in 2003. She has lived in South and West Africa and also worked in Peru. In 2000 she set up the charity and company ‘development Direct Global Partnerships’ (see, the aim of this organization is to alleviate global poverty and improve health and the objectives include, 'Learning from each other around the world by linking schools and communities worldwide in meaningful and sustainable partnerships'. Karen is married to Simon, a pediatrician, they have three grown children. In her spare time she rides horses.

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Phillippe Karazivan

Philippe Karazivan, Universite de Montreal (Quebec)

Philippe Karazivan is a researcher at the Centre de Pédagogie Appliquée aux Sciences de la Santé (CPASS), a family physician at Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), and an Assistant Professor in the Département de médecine familiale et de médecine d'urgence, Université de Montréal. He completed in residency in family medicine in 2005 and my master's degree in medical education in 2010.

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Jasmin Knopp

Jasmin Knopp, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

I am currently in my first year of an NSPCR-funded PhD programme in the School of Community-Based Medicine at the University of Manchester. The aim of this project is to investigate the role of personality factors in predicting the response to self-management interventions for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prior to this I completed my undergraduate and Master’s level training at the University of Manchester. With a view to expand my applied research experience I worked as a research assistant on a large national programme, aimed at the improvement of care for patients with long-term conditions and co-morbid depression and/or anxiety. Additionally, I have been involved in a number of quantitative and qualitative research projects assessing the experiences of early age genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and the efficacy of meditation in cardiovascular- and psoriasis patients. Through my PhD I hope to gain greater insight into factors influencing response to brief psychological interventions with a view to inform the personalisation of psychological services for individuals with common mental health problems.

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Sophie Langlois

Sophie Langlois, Universite de Montreal et CSSS de Laval(Quebec)

As a registered nurse, I have clinical experience working in a hospital emergency department and in community settings as a primary care nurse. I am currently a second year PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal and I collaborate with the "Équipe en soins de première ligne de Laval", a primary health care research team in a suburban city of Montreal, Quebec. The idea for my dissertation research came from my experience as a family medicine group nurse with patients affected by chronic diseases and comorbid conditions. This project is an action research which will focus on the evaluation of an interprofessional education approach named "professional codevelopment groups". These groups will help PHC clinicians learn and implement motivational interviewing in their every day practice as they will consolidate their collaborative practices.

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Aisha Lofters

Aisha Lofters, University of Toronto (Ontario)

Aisha Lofters graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2004 and completed her family medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto in 2006. She has been a researcher with the University of Toronto's Department of Family & Community Medicine since 2006, based at St. Michael's Hospital, with her research focusing on Health Equity, Immigrant Health and Cancer Screening, most frequently using administrative data. She is expecting to complete her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology in the spring of 2012, with a dissertation titled "Cervical Cancer Screening Among Immigrants to Ontario".

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Heather Maddocks

Heather Maddocks, Western University (Ontario)

As a sociologist who specializes in the study of health I have an interest in equity of access and health services utilization. After completing my M.A. at The University of Toronto, my dissertation research at The University of Western Ontario (Western) focused on the relationship between underemployment and mental health. As a Data Analyst for the Center for Studies in Family Medicine at Western I contribute to a research team conducting studies on a variety of primary health care (PHC) topics including multimorbidity, patterns of referrals, electronic medical record data quality, and wait times to see specialists. My TUTOR-PHC project will focus on equity of PHC access for mental health care.

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Kristi Panchuk

Kristi Panchuk, University of British Columbia (British Columbia)

Kristi Panchuk is a family practice nurse practitioner and doctoral student at the UBC School of Nursing. She has practiced, taught, and studied nursing in rural communities in BC over her 10 year nursing career, and her doctoral work will bring her insights from these experiences together with her interest in studying primary health care services for women who are vulnerable because of their social and material circumstances. The aim of Kristi’s work is to generate insights about how PHC practice can be organized and delivered to address the health effects of systemic inequities that affect high proportions of women living in rural and inner-city communities. Prior to undertaking her doctoral work, Kristi was the Coordinator for the Research and Evaluation Unit for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, and College Professor in the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program.

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Jennifer Rouse

Jennifer Rouse, Ryerson University (Ontario)

After completing my BA in Psychology at Brock University and Carleton University, I enrolled in Ryerson University’s Clinical Psychology program. Having graduated with my MA in the Fall of 2011, I am presently in the first year of my PhD investigating the delivery of mental health care in a Family Health Team (FHT) setting and the effectiveness of psychotherapy. I am also interested in the delivery of mental health care at post-secondary institutions and Canadian health care policy, in general. Currently, I am completing a clinical practicum at the new St. Michael’s Hospital FHT/Ryerson University Clinical Psychology Training Clinic where I will also be conducting my PhD research.

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Bharati Sethi

Bharati Sethi, Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario)

Bharati Sethi is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). She also hold a degree in Chemistry from University of Mumbai, India. She entered social work out of a commitment to social justice and to bring about social change. Her research focuses on newcomer integration in Canada's urban-rural regions, health of visible minority women, community-based participatory research methodology, and intersectionality. Bharati teaches Community Intervention at Wilfrid Laurier University and Transnational Social Work Practice at McMaster University. In Brantford, she is founding member of the Immigrant Settlement Transition Employment and Partnership (ISTEP) committee - a newcomer task force.

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