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Post-doctoral fellows supervised by CHEPA faculty pursuing diverse research programs

15 Dec 2010

Five post-doctoral fellows are pursuing an array of research programs under the supervision of CHEPA faculty members.

The five are each funded by different groups as they investigate diverse topics of research aimed at creating new knowledge that ultimately can improve the efficient and effective delivery of health care.

The post-doctoral fellows are:

Nancy Carter, who is funded for two years by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) and supervised by John Lavis. She is working to build a program of health research focused on assessing the knowledge needs of Canadian nursing administrators and leaders regarding advanced practice nursing (APN). She is studying the preferred methods for receiving information and evidence, and exploring the need for future research related to APN. Carter is a junior faculty member with the CHSRF/CIHR Chair Program in APN at McMaster, and also involved in various APN research projects with others from McMaster, Ryerson University and Dalhousie University. She earned her PhD in nursing at McMaster, and has a M.Sc. in community health nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo. She previously worked in administrative positions in various health care organizations in Ontario, as well as in clinical practice in pediatrics.

Cristina Catalllo, who completed her BScN and  PhD at McMaster University and is funded by the European Observatory for Health Policy and Systems for a two-year period. Her post-doctoral work involves a series of projects related to knowledge-brokering approaches being used in the European region. Her developing program of research relates to building capacity among health policymakers for evidence use in decision making. She is supervised by Lavis through the Program in Policy Decision-making.

Moriah Ellen, a McMaster University post-doctoral fellow who has a PhD in health policy, management and evaluation form the University of Toronto, and an MBA from McMaster. Her post-doctoral work is focused on two projects. One is part of a larger group proposal within Knowledge Translation Canada, focused on determining research knowledge infrastructure in health systems. She is also engaged in obtaining feedback on elements of the Pushing Useful Science to Healthcare Managers and Policymakers project being conducted by her supervisor, Lavis. In recent years she has been working as an independent consultant, and has completed several projects with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health Strategy Division, and the World Health Organization’s Office of Nursing and Midwifery.

Meredith Lilly, a post-doctoral fellow funded by the Department of Economics and supervised by Arthur Sweetman, the new Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources. She is working with Sweetman on a variety of issues pertaining to health human resources in the province, including nurses’ hours of work, overtime and absences over a 20-year period, primary care reform incentives, and midwifery student attrition rates. She is an associate faculty at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC, and is continuing her work on several studies she began at UBC Okanagan, such as the transition of older persons from hospital emergency departments to long-term care facilities, and the intensity of informal caregiving and labour supply among Canadians. She has a PhD in health services research from U of T’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. In 2009 she received the CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year award for a systematic review published in The Milbank Quarterly.

Mary Ann O’Brien, who has a particular interest in patient involvement in treatment decision-making, and is funded for her post-doctoral work by the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Program (PORT), which is a CIHR strategic initiative. She is conducting research on why many cancer physicians do not make use of available decision aids to help women with breast cancer have a greater say in the treatment decision-making process. Originally trained as a physiotherapist, O’Brien later returned to McMaster University and obtained an M.Sc. in design, measurement and evaluation, and a PhD in health research methodology. She is an associate clinical professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster, and has previously worked as a researcher with the Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit. She is supervised by Cathy Charles.

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