Senior Leadership

(Acting) Vice-President (Research)

VP Dr. Sarah PrichardSarah Prichard, MD FRCP(C)

Dr. Sarah Prichard was appointed Western’s Acting Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Prichard has had an academic career at McGill University, followed by a career in industry at Baxter Healthcare. Currently, she also serves on various boards, scientific advisory boards and as a consultant.

Dr. Prichard received her MD from Queen’s University in Kingston before completing her training in internal medicine and nephrology at McGill. She joined the faculty at McGill in 1979 and remained there until 2005.

At McGill, she was a professor of medicine, served as associate dean for the Faculty of Medicine and became President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology (1997-2000) and the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (2001-2004). She published and taught widely, with a focus on peritoneal dialysis and cardiovascular disease. She also served as a member of the governing council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2002-2005.

In 2005, Dr. Prichard was recruited to Baxter Healthcare as Global Vice President for Medical and Scientific Affairs in the renal business. During a 10-year tenure at Baxter, she held a number of senior leadership roles in R&D and in the renal and specialty pharma therapeutic areas. Responsibilities included global medical affairs, clinical development, exploratory research, health economics and scientific & clinical input for new product development and product life cycle management.

In 2015 Dr. Prichard retired from Baxter and returned to Canada. Since then, she has served as a consultant to Outset Medical, and on the Boards of Kane Biotech and Macco SFO. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre.


(Acting) Associate Vice-President (Research)

AVP Dr. Jacquelyn BurkellJacquelyn Burkell

Jacquelyn Burkell was appointed (Acting) Associate Vice-President (Research), effective September 1, 2019. She holds a PhD in Psychology (Cognitive Science) from Western and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Jacquelyn served as the faculty’s Assistant Dean of Research for seven years and chaired the Associate Deans (Research) group from 2016-2018. Throughout her career, Jacquelyn has served on a wide variety of academic committees, including the 2016 URB Task Force Steering Committee – Support for Research in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at Western.

A highly collaborative scholar, Jacquelyn is a co-investigator on two SSHRC partnership grants – one examining artificial intelligence in the context of justice, the other focused on youth equality and privacy online. More broadly, her research focuses on the social impact of technology and examines how technological mediation changes social interaction and information behaviour.


(Acting) Associate Vice-President (Research)

AVP Dr. Kevin ShoemakerKevin Shoemaker

Kevin Shoemaker was appointed (Acting) Associate Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2019. He is a Distinguished University Professor at Western, professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health.

Kevin is a Principal investigator with the Bone and Joint Institute, and an Associate investigator at the Brain and Mind Institute and the Lawson Health Research Institute. In 2017, he was elected a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Kevin is a Physiologist by training with emphases on neural control of the circulation, organ blood flow regulation, and neural strategies of communication within the sympathetic nervous system. His studies focus on human health and disease prevention with emphasis on the impact of physical activity on neurovascular coupling, and the associated mechanisms.

He also has taken an active role in advancing student mental health at Western. Holding funding from each of the tri-agencies, Kevin's research is uniquely interdisciplinary and team-based, with many international partners.