Meet the Team!

Current Trainees

Monica Molinaro, PhD

Family Medicine

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

MERIT Scholar

Monica Molinaro is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine exploring patient and health care provider experiences of health inequity in primary care. Monica completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University, her Master of Science in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University. Her research interests include using qualitative methodologies to explore patient, health care provider, and caregiver experiences of providing and receiving care. Her specific expertise, developed during her PhD, lies in using critical narrative methodologies, as well as moral distress as an analytic lens, to explore health care providers' experiences of caregiving.

Manisha Pahwa

Health Policy

PhD, expected 2023

Full-Time Student

Manisha Pahwa is a PhD Candidate in the Health Policy program at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at McMaster University. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Ethical and social values of screening Canadians for lung cancer using low dose computed tomography”. She has published primary research papers and systematic reviews in the cancer, occupational, and epidemiology literature. Manisha is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and currently holds a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR. Her expected graduation date is Fall 2023.

Alexandra Cernat

Health Policy

PhD, expected 2024

Full-Time Student

Alexandra Cernat began her PhD in Health Policy in September 2020, under the supervision of Dr Vanstone. She earned an MSc in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto in 2020, and a BSc from the Honours Life Sciences program at McMaster University in 2018. She began working with Dr Vanstone in 2015 as a Research Assistant, studying stakeholder perspectives and the ethical and social implications of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Alex’s thesis work focuses on stakeholder perspectives on and preferences for the implementation of genetic testing for drug response in primary care. She is the recipient of a 2021-2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), as well as a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canadian Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR (declined). She currently holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from CIHR. Alex is expected to complete her doctoral studies in 2024.

Monika Dutt

Health Policy

PhD, expected 2026

Full-Time Student

Monika Dutt is a PhD student beginning the Health Policy Doctoral Program at McMaster in 2022. Her research will focus on decent work as a public health issue. Her goal is to use qualitative research to strengthen collaboration between community-based worker-led organizing and institutional public health, using the specific policy example of paid sick days. She is a physician in both Public Health and Preventive Medicine as well as Family Medicine. She has worked in public health for over ten years as a Medical Officer of Health, most recently for Central and Western Newfoundland and Labrador. She also works at the Ally Centre of Cape Breton Health Centre. She has lived in Nova Scotia for the past ten years with her son.

Dima Hadid

Health Policy

PhD, expected 2026

Full-Time Student

Dima Hadid is starting her PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University in September 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone. Her research has appeared in several top tier journals across disciplines and she will be working as a research assistant with Dr. Vanstone on multiple ongoing research projects. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholar award 2022. She is expected to graduate in summer 2026.

Cindy Quinton

Health Science Education

MHSEd, expected 2023

Part-Time Student

Cindy is a practicing medical oncologist just beginning her thesis in the Master’s of Health Science Education program. Her thesis work will concern the development and portrayal of empathy in end-of-life care providers.

Shipra Taneja

Health Research Methodology

MSc, expected 2023

Full-Time Student

Shipra Taneja is an MSc student in the Health Research Methodology Program. She earned a BSc (Hons) from the Life Sciences Program at McMaster University in 2021. Shipra's master's thesis involves using a mixed-methods design to develop a score that will measure bleeding in acute leukemia patients during clinical trials. During 2020-2021, Shipra worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Vanstone on a project exploring how pregnant persons make decisions about using cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Alison Scholes

Health Science Education

MSc, expected 2023

Full-Time Student

Alison is an incoming MSc student in the Health Science Education program. Alison graduated from Queen’s University in 2022 where she received a BSc (Hons) with a major in Life Sciences. During her undergraduate studies, Alison’s work as a research assistant at Brantford General Hospital and involvement with the 3 Wishes Program sparked her interest in end-of-life care and ethical dilemmas. Having received the MERIT-HSED Fellowship award, Alison’s thesis will be triage decisions during COVID-19 and the issue of moral distress.

Katrina Shen

Honours Life Sciences

BSc

Full-Time Student

Katrina is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honours Life Sciences program at McMaster University. In the 2022-2023 academic year, she will work with the team on various research projects; she will also begin her undergraduate thesis exploring how pregnant persons make decisions about accessing support for mental health.

Shayan Novin

Honours Health Sciences

BHSc

Full-Time Student

Shayan is an undergraduate student in the Health Sciences (Hons.) Program. He is currently completing a project on the representation, exclusion, and social constructions of the LGBTQ+ community in Bachelor of Health Sciences courses. Shayan hopes to use his findings to guide change in existing curricula.

Zara Hasan

Honours Health Sciences

BHSc

Full-Time Student

Zara is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She is currently completing her thesis related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

Anuoluwa Popoola

Honours Health Sciences

BHSc

Full-Time Student

Anu is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She has worked with the Vanstone team for over 2 years on a variety of projects, including those related to decision-making about cannabis use in pregnancy. Currently, she is completing her thesis related to childhood experiences of racism under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

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Lana Amoudi

Honours Health Sciences

BHSc

Full-Time Student

Lana is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She is currently completing a project course related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

Current Research Assistants

Ilana Allice, MA

Project

Evaluating Health and Social Provider Education about Family Violence Prevention

Ilana holds an MA in International Development Studies from York University. With Meredith, she has worked on projects related to Family Medicine education and direct observation and feedback. She currently coordinates a national study to implement and evaluate education materials encouraging health and social service providers to recognize and respond to people who have experienced family violence. Ilana works out of the Offord Centre for Child Studies with Dr. Melissa Kimber.

Darly Dash

Project

Patient preferences for prostate cancer screening

Darly is currently a Research Assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, working on a project about patient preferences for prostate cancer screening. Darly is completing her PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Andrew Costa.

Rebecca Correia

Project

Navigating COVID-19 Risk in Pregnancy

Rebecca is currently a Research Assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She coordinates the quantitative portion of the mixed-methods study, “Navigating COVID-19 Risk in Pregnancy.” Rebecca holds a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo and is completing her PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Andrew Costa. Dr. Vanstone is a member of Rebecca’s supervisory committee.

Njideka Sanya

Project

Understanding medical learner behaviour of seeking & avoiding feedback from preceptors

Njideka is a research assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, working with Meredith on varying projects including a direct observation of medical learners to understand their behaviour of seeking and avoiding feedback from preceptors. She has a first degree in Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh as a Commonwealth scholar. Njideka is currently on parental leave.

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Mehreen Chowdhury

Project

Various

Mehreen is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honours Integrated Science Program. She looks forward to continue working on a variety of projects with the team.

Alumni

Alice Cavanagh

Health Policy & Medicine

Graduated October 2022

Alice Cavanagh is an MD/PhD student at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and in McMaster University's Health Policy PhD Program. Alice’s doctoral research uses qualitative methodologies to understand how physicians learn about intimate partner violence in the course of their medical training. She is a recipient of a PSI Research Trainee Award, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canadian Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR. Dr. Cavanagh  defended her dissertation, entitled “Physician roles in addressing intimate partner violence: Stakeholder perspectives to inform medical education and policy” on October 7, 2022. She is currently completing medical school at McMaster with the class of 2024.

Sujane Kandasamy, PhD

Health Research Methodology

Graduated August 2021

Kristen Burrows, PhD

Health Research Methodology

Graduated October 2019

Dissertation

"Exploring Physician Assistant Role Integration in the Ontario Healthcare System"

 

Current Position

Assistant Dean, Physician Assistant Program, McMaster University

Amanda Bell, B. Arts Sci, MD, MSc CCFP, FCF

Master's of Health Science Education

Graduated September 2019

Thesis

“Medical Student Mistreatment: A Journey”

 

This work was funded in part by the Canadian Association for Medical Education Wooster Family Grant. In this work we describe the experiences of medical students who undergo mistreatment during their training in five phases and look at student suggestions for improved support and changes to the learning environment. Through her Masters studies, Amanda has twice received the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Excellence Award and presentation of her thesis results also received an outstanding oral presentation award in 2019 at the Faculty of  Health Science Research Plenary.

 

Current Positions

Regional Assistant Dean   of the Niagara Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of  Medicine

 

Assistant Clinical Professor, part-time, in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster

 

Member of   McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation, and Theory

 

Amanda is the past recipient of the McMaster Faculty of Health Science’s John C. Sibley Award for Excellence in Education of a Part-Time Faculty and has been awarded the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council Award.

Chanté De Freitas, MSc

Master's of Health Science Education

Graduated August 2019

Thesis

"Aspiring Physicians from Low-income Backgrounds: Experiences of Barriers and Facilitators to a Career in Medicine"

 

This work identified several dimensions to the obstacles that are faced by aspiring physicians from low-income backgrounds and how they work around these challenges. It was funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Chanté is a member of McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation, and Theory (MERIT) and has won awards for Graduate Student Excellence, Outstanding Oral Presentation, and Outstanding Thesis Research. She uses her background in anthropology and her interest in design to understand and address social problems in medical education and health care. She recently published an article in Medical Education entitled "When I Say...Merit." Chante’s work was funded by a Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award.

 

Current Position

User Researcher at   Therapy Innovation Inc.

Emily Block, MSc

Master's of Health Science Education

Graduated April 2019

Thesis

"How clinical environments shape the medical learner -clinical teacher relationship"

 

This work was supported with funds by an overarching project that examined unprofessionalism, mistreatment and abuse that medical learners experienced during their medical training at McMaster University.  Emily’s thesis project found that there are key types of interactions that build trust in the medical learner-clinical teacher relationship. These interactions play a critical role in how the learner perceives a learning environment where they feel they can confidently co-navigate with their teacher, learning within the dynamics of a work environment that can often make learning difficult (i.e. learning from mistakes).

 

Current Position

Curriculum Design and Education Research Lead, Continuing Health Sciences Education, McMaster University

 

Inspired by this project, Emily went on to work in Continuing Health Sciences Education at McMaster as a curriculum developer and education research lead. She is actively participating in a McMaster simulation learning community of practice (INSIGHT) and in the process of joining McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT).

Laura Davey, MSc

Master's of Health Science Education

Graduated December 2018

Thesis

"The Pearls and Pitfalls of Inter-Organizational Collaborations: Health Systems and Natural Disasters"

 

Current Position

Registered Nurse, Trauma & Surgical Services, Alberta Health Services

Nicole Didyk, MD, FRCP(C), MSc

Master's of Health Science Education

Graduated December 2018

Thesis

"Optimization of Faculty Development at a Distributed Medical Campus"

 

This work examined the role of faculty development in the maturation of a newly implanted community medical campus. We found that a community undergoes a process of transformation to a medical campus as more learners move through the site, and more teachers are recruited and developed. Expert teachers can emerge and communities of practice for faculty development can promote the ongoing development and maintenance of community medical teachers.

 

Current Position

Geriatrician-Internist, Kitchener-Waterloo

 

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus of the McMaster Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

 

She is currently conducting research on the use of social media for education in Geriatrics, and can be contacted through her Facebook page The Wrinkle.

Mia Kibel, B. Arts Sci

Arts & Science

Graduated 2017

Thesis

"Reconciling ethical and economic conceptions of value in health policy using the capabilities approach: A qualitative investigation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing"

 

This work addressed a problem in the discipline of health technology policy-making, wherein ethical vs. economic frameworks used to assess health technologies have different, and sometimes contradictory, ideas of a technology’s value or optimal use. Mia's thesis offered evidence that the Capabilities Approach could be used to align economic and ethical evaluations in HTA, using Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing as an example case.

 

Current Position

Medical Student, University of Toronto

 

Mia went on to work as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, on a team investigating an HIV epidemic among street-connected youth in Eldoret Kenya, and afterwards as a Research Assistant at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She has published in Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of Adolescent Health. Mia started medical school at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2019.

Umair Majid, MSc

Health Research Methodology

Graduated June 2017

Thesis

"Appraising Qualitative Research for Evidence Syntheses: A Compendium of Quality Appraisal Tools"

 

This work reviewed the characteristics, content, and usage of high-utility tools for appraising qualitative research in qualitative evidence syntheses. Umair has also worked with Meredith on multiple projects for health technology assessment agencies, for example, HPV testing for primary cervical cancer screening for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and non-invasive prenatal testing for Health Quality Ontario.

 

Current Position

PhD student, Health Services Organization and Management, University of Toronto

 

Umair also completed his MEd in innovative curriculum planning from Queen’s University in December 2018. In his current position, he is formulating recommendations for hospitals on engaging patients in health service planning and improvement activities. He is expected to graduate from this program in June 2021. Umair is also an Instructor at McMaster University teaching courses on epidemiology, the Canadian healthcare system, pathophysiology, organizational behavior, and performance measurement. He continues to consult with health technology assessment agencies to provide evidence on patient perspectives and experiences as well as implementation considerations for interventions, drugs, and technologies.

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Past Research Assistants

Janelle Panday, MSc

Project

Decision-making about cannabis in pregnancy and breastfeeding; Canadian Patient Partner Study

Janelle holds a BSc in Psychology & Biology from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster. She has conducted and supported research primarily in populations with neurological diagnoses using qualitative and mixed methods and is currently working with ECI Pharmacomm as a project coordinator.

Marina Sadik, MSc

Project

Overflowing Inbox: Optimizing the educational experiences of family medicine residents

Marina has worked as a Research Assistant and Research Coordinator at the Department of Family Medicine for four years. She is currently a Research Associate with the University of Windsor.

Eunice Tunggal

Project

Various

Eunice is an undergraduate student in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program. She worked with the team on a variety of projects.

Meera Mahmud, MSc

Project

Medical Education Adaptations in a Pandemic, Medical Education Admissions

Meera has an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Brock University. She joined the team to work on a variety of medical education projects co-led with Dr. Lawrence Grierson. She is currently an epidemiologist and data lead with the Timiskaming Health Unit.

Kayonne Christy, H. BA

Project

Provider Experiences of Medical Assistance in Dying; Black women’s experiences of cervical cancer screening

Kayonne Christy graduated from McMaster’s Health Studies undergraduate program in June 2019. Meredith supervised Kayonne’s independent reading course on Black feminist approaches to understanding health inequities. The final product of this course was a comprehensive literature review and research proposal entitled, “Let’s talk about stress, baby: A Black feminist approach to understanding prenatal sources of stress among pregnant Black women”. This review found that mutually reinforcing systems of oppression (i.e. racism, sexism and classism) intersect to act as chronic psychosocial stressors in the lives of Black women, and contribute to a variety of negative maternal and perinatal health outcomes. The findings from this literature review have been presented at two academic conferences, Meredith’s Qualitative Health Research Lab meeting, and a McMaster Medicine OBGYN and LGBTQ+ Health Interest Group meeting. Kayonne is currently a Board Member of the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, and a member of the Race, Racialization & Racism working group of McMaster’s Presidents Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC). Kayonne is a SSHRC CGS-M award recipient and completed an MA in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Eamon Colvin, B. Arts Sci

Project

Physician Experiences of Clinical Intuition

Eamon is currently completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa.

Raquel Burgess, MSc

Project

Medical Education Admissions, Women and clinician’s experiences of non-invasive prenatal testing

Raquel is currently completing her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, Yale University.

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Meredith Vanstone,

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

DBHSC 5001F, McMaster University

100 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6

Meredith.Vanstone@mcmaster.ca

  • Monica Molinaro

    Family Medicine

    Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

    MERIT Scholar

    Monica Molinaro is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine exploring patient and health care provider experiences of health inequity in primary care. Monica completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University, her Master of Science in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University. Her research interests include using qualitative methodologies to explore patient, health care provider, and caregiver experiences of providing and receiving care. Her specific expertise, developed during her PhD, lies in using critical narrative methodologies, as well as moral distress as an analytic lens, to explore health care providers' experiences of caregiving.

  • Manisha Pahwa

    Health Policy

    PhD, expected 2023

    Full-Time Student

    Manisha Pahwa is a PhD Candidate in the Health Policy program at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at McMaster University. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Ethical and social values of screening Canadians for lung cancer using low dose computed tomography”. She has published primary research papers and systematic reviews in the cancer, occupational, and epidemiology literature. Manisha is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and currently holds a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR. Her expected graduation date is Fall 2023.

  • Alexandra Cernat

    Health Policy

    PhD, expected 2024

    Full-Time Student

    Alexandra Cernat began her PhD in Health Policy in September 2020, under the supervision of Dr Vanstone. She earned an MSc in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto in 2020, and a BSc from the Honours Life Sciences program at McMaster University in 2018. She began working with Dr Vanstone in 2015 as a Research Assistant, studying stakeholder perspectives and the ethical and social implications of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Alex’s thesis work focuses on stakeholder perspectives on and preferences for the implementation of genetic testing for drug response in primary care. She is the recipient of a 2021-2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), as well as a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canadian Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR (declined). She currently holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from CIHR. Alex is expected to complete her doctoral studies in 2024.

  • Monika Dutt

    Health Policy

    PhD, expected 2026

    Full-Time Student

    Monika Dutt is a PhD student beginning the Health Policy Doctoral Program at McMaster in 2022. Her research will focus on decent work as a public health issue. Her goal is to use qualitative research to strengthen collaboration between community-based worker-led organizing and institutional public health, using the specific policy example of paid sick days. She is a physician in both Public Health and Preventive Medicine as well as Family Medicine. She has worked in public health for over ten years as a Medical Officer of Health, most recently for Central and Western Newfoundland and Labrador. She also works at the Ally Centre of Cape Breton Health Centre. She has lived in Nova Scotia for the past ten years with her son.

  • Dima Hadid

    Health Policy

    PhD, expected 2026

    Full-Time Student

    Dima Hadid is starting her PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University in September 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone. Her research has appeared in several top tier journals across disciplines and she will be working as a research assistant with Dr. Vanstone on multiple ongoing research projects. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholar award 2022. She is expected to graduate in summer 2026.

  • Cindy Quinton

    Master’s of Health Science Education

    MHSEd, expected 2023

    Part-Time Student

    Cindy is a practicing medical oncologist just beginning her thesis in the Master’s of Health Science Education program. Her thesis work will concern the development and portrayal of empathy in end-of-life care providers.

  • Shipra Taneja

    Health Research Methodology

    MSc, expected 2023

    Full-Time Student

    Shipra Taneja is an MSc student in the Health Research Methodology Program. She earned a BSc (Hons) from the Life Sciences Program at McMaster University in 2021. Shipra's master's thesis involves using a mixed-methods design to develop a score that will measure bleeding in acute leukemia patients during clinical trials. During 2020-2021, Shipra worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Vanstone on a project exploring how pregnant persons make decisions about using cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • Alison Scholes

    Health Science Education

    MSc, expected 2023

    Full-Time Student

    Alison is an incoming MSc student in the Health Science Education program. Alison graduated from Queen’s University in 2022 where she received a BSc (Hons) with a major in Life Sciences. During her undergraduate studies, Alison’s work as a research assistant at Brantford General Hospital and involvement with the 3 Wishes Program sparked her interest in end-of-life care and ethical dilemmas. Having received the MERIT-HSED Fellowship award, Alison’s thesis will be triage decisions during COVID-19 and the issue of moral distress.

  • Katrina Shen

    Honours Life Sciences

    BSc

    Full-Time Student

    Katrina is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honours Life Sciences program at McMaster University. In the 2022-2023 academic year, she will work with the team on various research projects; she will also begin her undergraduate thesis exploring how pregnant persons make decisions about accessing support for mental health.

  • Shayan Novin

    Honours Health Sciences

    BHSc

    Full-Time Student

    Shayan is an undergraduate student in the Health Sciences (Hons.) Program. He is currently completing a project on the representation, exclusion, and social constructions of the LGBTQ+ community in Bachelor of Health Sciences courses. Shayan hopes to use his findings to guide change in existing curricula.

  • Zara Hasan

    Honours Health Sciences

    BHSc

    Full-Time Student

    Zara is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She is currently completing her thesis related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

  • Anuoluwa Popoola

    Honours Health Sciences

    BHSc

    Full-Time Student

    Anu is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She has worked with the Vanstone team for over 2 years on a variety of projects, including those related to decision-making about cannabis use in pregnancy. Currently, she is completing her thesis related to childhood experiences of racism under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

  • Lana Amoudi

    Honours Health Sciences

    BHSc

    Full-Time Student

    Lana is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (honours) program at McMaster University. She is currently completing a project course related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome under the supervision of Dr. Vanstone.

  • Ilana Allice, MA

    Project

    Evaluating Health and Social Provider Education about Family Violence Prevention

    Ilana holds an MA in International Development Studies from York University. With Meredith, she has worked on projects related to Family Medicine education and direct observation and feedback. She currently coordinates a national study to implement and evaluate education materials encouraging health and social service providers to recognize and respond to people who have experienced family violence. Ilana works out of the Offord Centre for Child Studies with Dr. Melissa Kimber.

  • Darly Dash

    Project

    Patient preferences for prostate cancer screening

    Darly is currently a Research Assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, working on a project about patient preferences for prostate cancer screening. Darly is completing her PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Andrew Costa.

  • Rebecca Correia

    Project

    Navigating COVID-19 Risk in Pregnancy

    Rebecca is currently a Research Assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She coordinates the quantitative portion of the mixed-methods study, “Navigating COVID-19 Risk in Pregnancy.” Rebecca holds a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo and is completing her PhD in Health Research Methodology with Dr. Andrew Costa. Dr. Vanstone is a member of Rebecca’s supervisory committee.

  • Njideka Sanya

    Project

    Understanding medical learner behaviour of seeking & avoiding feedback from preceptors

    Njideka is a research assistant with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, working with Meredith on varying projects including a direct observation of medical learners to understand their behaviour of seeking and avoiding feedback from preceptors. She has a first degree in Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh as a Commonwealth scholar. Njideka is currently on parental leave.

  • Mehreen Chowdhury

    Project

    Various

    Mehreen is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honours Integrated Science Program. She looks forward to continue working on a variety of projects with the team.

  • Alice Cavanagh

    Health Policy & Medicine

    Graduated October 2022

    Alice Cavanagh is an MD/PhD student at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and in McMaster University's Health Policy PhD Program. Alice’s doctoral research uses qualitative methodologies to understand how physicians learn about intimate partner violence in the course of their medical training. She is a recipient of a PSI Research Trainee Award, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canadian Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award (CGS-D) from CIHR. Dr. Cavanagh  defended her dissertation, entitled “Physician roles in addressing intimate partner violence: Stakeholder perspectives to inform medical education and policy” on October 7, 2022. She is currently completing medical school at McMaster with the class of 2024.

  • Amanda Bell, B. Arts Sci, MD, MSc CCFP, FCF

    Master's of Health Science Education

    Graduated September 2019

    Thesis

    “Medical Student Mistreatment: A Journey”

     

    This work was funded in part by the Canadian Association for Medical Education Wooster Family Grant. In this work we describe the experiences of medical students who undergo mistreatment during their training in five phases and look at student suggestions for improved support and changes to the learning environment. Through her Masters studies, Amanda has twice received the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Excellence Award and presentation of her thesis results also received an outstanding oral presentation award in 2019 at the Faculty of  Health Science Research Plenary.

     

    Current Positions

    Regional Assistant Dean   of the Niagara Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of  Medicine

     

    Assistant Clinical Professor, part-time, in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster

     

    Member of   McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation, and Theory

     

    Amanda is the past recipient of the McMaster Faculty of Health Science’s John C. Sibley Award for Excellence in Education of a Part-Time Faculty and has been awarded the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council Award.

  • Chanté De Freitas, MSc

    Master's of Health Science Education

    Graduated August 2019

    Thesis

    "Aspiring Physicians from Low-income Backgrounds: Experiences of Barriers and Facilitators to a Career in Medicine"

     

    This work identified several dimensions to the obstacles that are faced by aspiring physicians from low-income backgrounds and how they work around these challenges. It was funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Chanté is a member of McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation, and Theory (MERIT) and has won awards for Graduate Student Excellence, Outstanding Oral Presentation, and Outstanding Thesis Research. She uses her background in anthropology and her interest in design to understand and address social problems in medical education and health care. She recently published an article in Medical Education entitled "When I Say...Merit." Chante’s work was funded by a Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award.

     

    Current Position

    User Researcher at   Therapy Innovation Inc.

  • Emily Block, MSc

    Master's of Health Science Education

    Graduated April 2019

    Thesis

    "How clinical environments shape the medical learner -clinical teacher relationship"

     

    This work was supported with funds by an overarching project that examined unprofessionalism, mistreatment and abuse that medical learners experienced during their medical training at McMaster University.  Emily’s thesis project found that there are key types of interactions that build trust in the medical learner-clinical teacher relationship. These interactions play a critical role in how the learner perceives a learning environment where they feel they can confidently co-navigate with their teacher, learning within the dynamics of a work environment that can often make learning difficult (i.e. learning from mistakes).

     

    Current Position

    Curriculum Design and Education Research Lead, Continuing Health Sciences Education, McMaster University

     

    Inspired by this project, Emily went on to work in Continuing Health Sciences Education at McMaster as a curriculum developer and education research lead. She is actively participating in a McMaster simulation learning community of practice (INSIGHT) and in the process of joining McMaster's program for Education Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT).

  • Nicole Didyk, MD,

    FRCP(C), MSc

    Master's of Health Science Education

    Graduated December 2018

    Thesis

    "Optimization of Faculty Development at a Distributed Medical Campus"

     

    This work examined the role of faculty development in the maturation of a newly implanted community medical campus. We found that a community undergoes a process of transformation to a medical campus as more learners move through the site, and more teachers are recruited and developed. Expert teachers can emerge and communities of practice for faculty development can promote the ongoing development and maintenance of community medical teachers.

     

    Current Position

    Geriatrician-Internist, Kitchener-Waterloo

     

    Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus of the McMaster Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

     

    She is currently conducting research on the use of social media for education in Geriatrics, and can be contacted through her Facebook page The Wrinkle.

  • Mia Kibel, B. Arts Sci

    Arts & Science

    Graduated 2017

    Thesis

    "Reconciling ethical and economic conceptions of value in health policy using the capabilities approach: A qualitative investigation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing"

     

    This work addressed a problem in the discipline of health technology policy-making, wherein ethical vs. economic frameworks used to assess health technologies have different, and sometimes contradictory, ideas of a technology’s value or optimal use. Mia's thesis offered evidence that the Capabilities Approach could be used to align economic and ethical evaluations in HTA, using Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing as an example case.

     

    Current Position

    Medical Student, University of Toronto

     

    Mia went on to work as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, on a team investigating an HIV epidemic among street-connected youth in Eldoret Kenya, and afterwards as a Research Assistant at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She has published in Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of Adolescent Health. Mia started medical school at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2019.

  • Umair Majid, MSc

    Health Research Methodology

    Graduated June 2017

    Thesis

    "Appraising Qualitative Research for Evidence Syntheses: A Compendium of Quality Appraisal Tools"

     

    This work reviewed the characteristics, content, and usage of high-utility tools for appraising qualitative research in qualitative evidence syntheses. Umair has also worked with Meredith on multiple projects for health technology assessment agencies, for example, HPV testing for primary cervical cancer screening for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and non-invasive prenatal testing for Health Quality Ontario.

     

    Current Position

    PhD student, Health Services Organization and Management, University of Toronto

     

    Umair also completed his MEd in innovative curriculum planning from Queen’s University in December 2018. In his current position, he is formulating recommendations for hospitals on engaging patients in health service planning and improvement activities. He is expected to graduate from this program in June 2021. Umair is also an Instructor at McMaster University teaching courses on epidemiology, the Canadian healthcare system, pathophysiology, organizational behavior, and performance measurement. He continues to consult with health technology assessment agencies to provide evidence on patient perspectives and experiences as well as implementation considerations for interventions, drugs, and technologies.

  • Janelle Panday, MSc

    Project

    Decision-making about cannabis in pregnancy and breastfeeding; Canadian Patient Partner Study

    Janelle holds a BSc in Psychology & Biology from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster. She has conducted and supported research primarily in populations with neurological diagnoses using qualitative and mixed methods and is currently working with ECI Pharmacomm as a project coordinator.

  • Marina Sadik, MSc

    Project

    Overflowing Inbox: Optimizing the educational experiences of family medicine residents

    Marina has worked as a Research Assistant and Research Coordinator at the Department of Family Medicine for four years. She is currently a Research Associate with the University of Windsor.

  • Eunice Tunggal

     

    Eunice is an undergraduate student in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program. She worked with the team on a variety of projects.

  • Meera Mahmud, MSc

    Project

    Medical Education Adaptations in a Pandemic, Medical Education Admissions

    Meera has an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Brock University. She joined the team to work on a variety of medical education projects co-led with Dr. Lawrence Grierson. She is currently an epidemiologist and data lead with the Timiskaming Health Unit.

  • Kayonne Christy, H. BA

    Project

    Provider Experiences of Medical Assistance in Dying; Black women’s experiences of cervical cancer screening

    Kayonne Christy graduated from McMaster’s Health Studies undergraduate program in June 2019. Meredith supervised Kayonne’s independent reading course on Black feminist approaches to understanding health inequities. The final product of this course was a comprehensive literature review and research proposal entitled, “Let’s talk about stress, baby: A Black feminist approach to understanding prenatal sources of stress among pregnant Black women”. This review found that mutually reinforcing systems of oppression (i.e. racism, sexism and classism) intersect to act as chronic psychosocial stressors in the lives of Black women, and contribute to a variety of negative maternal and perinatal health outcomes. The findings from this literature review have been presented at two academic conferences, Meredith’s Qualitative Health Research Lab meeting, and a McMaster Medicine OBGYN and LGBTQ+ Health Interest Group meeting. Kayonne is currently a Board Member of the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, and a member of the Race, Racialization & Racism working group of McMaster’s Presidents Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community (PACBIC). Kayonne is a SSHRC CGS-M award recipient and completed an MA in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

  • Eamon Colvin, B. Arts Sci

    Project

    Physician Experiences of Clinical Intuition

    Eamon is currently completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa.

  • Raquel Burgess, MSc

    Project

    Medical Education Admissions, Women and clinician’s experiences of non-invasive prenatal testing

    Raquel is currently completing her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, Yale University.