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Mannila Sandhu

Research Assistant

Mannila Sandhu is a Research Assistant within the EPID@work Research Institue and a member of the Senate Research Committee at Lakehead University. She pursued her Computer Science masters' thesis under the supervision of Dr. Vijay Mago at Lakehead University. Her thesis work was primarily focused on developing machine learning approaches to transforming massive social media data sets into detailed reports. During her MSc thesis, she was awarded the MITACS Globalink Research scholarship and was able to collaborate with colleagues at Furman University in the USA. In addition to completing and successfully defending her thesis she has published two academic papers since graduating in Spring, 2019 and continues to build her grant/academic writing skill set. She will be applying her quantitative data management and analysis skillsets to help improve research in epidemiology. Her goal is to gain the experience necessary to apply to the best Ph.D. program and become a Research Scientist in Canada.


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Dana Korten

Research Assistant

Dana Korten is a Master of Public Health student specializing in Indigenous and Northern Health at Lakehead University. She has an HBSc. in health sciences and experience working in primary care teams. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant at EPID@Work on Tradeswomen: Potential concerns of bullying, violence, and harassment. She is also working with Selkirk First Nation’s Lands, Resources, and Heritage Department in Pelly Crossing, Yukon, where she resides.


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Emily Boyko

Project Coordinator (Student)

Emily is completing her Honours Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Life Sciences at Lakehead University. She is working as a Project Coordinator/Research Assistant at the EPID@Work Research Institute on the projects: Evaluating the Wiiji app to improve Indigenous workplace mental health: a mixed-methods approach and The prevalence and associated factors of burnout and depression in medical students. Emily hopes to continue her education after her undergraduate studies as a graduate student in a public health program.


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Ryan Hron

Research Assistant

Ryan is a Research Assistant in the Lakehead University Faculty of Business Administration and a recent graduate of their Master of Science in Management program. His research experience includes new immigrant welcoming/integration in Northwestern Ontario and managerial coaching research. Ryan is from Waldhof, Ontario and has previously worked in the Northwestern Ontario tourism industry.


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Julia Whitney

Research Assistant

Julia is a graduate student in Lakehead University’s Master of Science in Management program. She is also a graduate of Lakehead’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program. She is currently a research assistant studying newcomer welcoming in Northwestern Ontario and the challenges and barriers newcomers face immigrating to the region. Julia will continue exploring this topic in the context of newcomer women throughout her MSc studies.


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Victoria Culver

Graduate Assistant

Victoria is an Instructor Therapist, providing 1:1 Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children on the autism spectrum. Her undergraduate education is in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology. Victoria is currently a first-year student in the Master of Public Health program at Lakehead University. She currently is a Graduate Assistant with EPID@Work.  Victoria is interested in mental health and health promotion. She believes that increasing conversations and having an open dialogue about mental health is important to normalize the subject and decrease social stigma.  She is also interested in health promotion surrounding communicable disease and the importance of public health measures at preventing and mitigating negative health outcomes.


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Anitha Ithayalingam

Graduate Assistant

Anitha completed a Bachelor of Science in Honours Life Sciences, with a minor in Psychology from McMaster University. She is currently enrolled as a second-year Master of Public Health candidate at Lakehead University and is working with EPID@Work Research Institute for her graduate assistantship. Anitha also works at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Knowledge Translation Department. Her research interests include knowledge translation, science communication, and improving health literacy in the public.


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Brianna Belanger

Graduate Assistant

Brianna is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program with a specialization in Epidemiology. Prior to coming to Lakehead University, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and was drawn to public health courses. The past two years she has worked with a local health unit to carry out West Nile virus surveillance and her research interests include infectious disease and food insecurity. Brianna will be working as a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Kristman and Dr. Martin to enhance knowledge mobilization on current research projects.


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Chelsea Noel

Research Assistant

In November, 2020, Ms. Chelsea Noel joined the BRANCHES Lab and the EPID@Work groups at Lakehead University as a research assistant where she began working on an Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic-funded project. The focus of the project was on the experiences, impacts, and service needs of injured and ill workers in the WSIB progress in the City and District of Thunder Bay. Since that time, Ms. Noel has transitioned to a new role as an MA student in our clinical psychology program where she has been highly successful creating and disseminating this research.