Trainee Recruitment:

Students are recruited from the following academic units: Health Sciences (MPH, MHSc), Kinesiology (HBKin, MSc), Psychology (HBA/HBSc, MA/MSc, PhD), Nursing (BScN, MN(PHCNP)), Women's Studies (BA, MA/MSJ/Med/MSW), Computer Science (BSc, MSc), Business Administration (BAdmin/HBComm, MBA/MSc Mgt), Social Justice Studies (MA), and Social Work (HBSW, MSW).

Additionally, we are excited that a PhD program in the Department of Health Sciences will commence Fall 2020. The majority of the doctoral students recruited for the Institute would fall under the PhD program in Health Sciences or Psychology.

Current Trainees:

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Neha Dewan, Post-doctoral fellow

Neha is a Physical Therapist and Hand Therapist from India who has a great love, respect, and passion for her profession. She has completed her Masters’ Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Manipal University, India. She then worked as a Physical therapist and lecturer for two years in India.

Neha moved to McMaster University in 2012 and completed her PhD in rehabilitation in 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Joy C MacDermid. As part of her doctoral training, she explored the recovery patterns and role of modifiable risk factors as predictors of bone mineral density, subsequent falls and osteoporotic fractures at four years following distal radius fracture.

Neha is pursuing her postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Kristman at Lakehead University. Her postdoc research focuses on work-related musculoskeletal disability prevention and improving workers’ health outcomes.


Worker Perspective impact of Supervisor Training

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Nyasha Makuto (Graduate Student, MHSc)

Nyasha completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lakehead University. Her interests in human health and statistics led her to pursue a Master in Health Science with a specialization in epidemiology at Lakehead University. She began studying her Master's in 2018. Her thesis is currently being supervised by Dr. Vicki Kristman from the Health Sciences department; Nyasha plans to research which job-related factors are associated with a greater prevalence and incidence of mental health disorders in American and Canadian long-haul truck drivers.

Thesis Topic: Total number of hours driven per week and risk of depression in long haul truck drivers.

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Helen Otterman (Graduate Student, MHSc)

Helen completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Lakehead University. Helen is currently Masters in Health Sciences student, specialising in Epidemiology, under the supervision of Dr Vicki Kristman. She is interested in mental health and hopes to improve the lives of people with mental health disorders. For her thesis, she is proposing to determine if there is an association between gender and desired workplace accommodations for workers with mental health disorders.

Thesis Topic: The influence of gender on preferred accommodations for workers with mental health disorders.

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Grace Herring (Graduate Student, MHSc)

Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Qc. She is currently enrolled as a Master’s student in Health Sciences, with a specialization in epidemiology, under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Kristman. Her research interests include occupational health and mental health.

Thesis Topic: Personality determinants for depression amongst informal caregivers.

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Kara Polson (Graduate Student, MHSc)

Kara has an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, as well as an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Guelph. With a research interest in understanding the psychosocial factors that may impact our health, Kara is interested in furthering the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health.

Kara holds the S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowship in Work & Health, through the Institute for Work & Health for the 2019/2020 academic school year.   

Thesis Topic:The association between interpersonal skills of insurance Case Managers and time loss claim duration.

Headshot of EPID Traineer Maryam Einshouka in front of a river here on campus

Maryam Einshouka (Graduate Student, MHSc)

Maryam is a first-year student in the Master of Health Sciences program (MHSc) with a specialization in epidemiology, under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Kristman. Her graduate assistantship is under the supervision of Dr. Kristman and Dr. Deborah Scharf. Her primary area of interest is mental wellness at the workplace. Maryam's project involves the implementation of a simulation program for hospital staff that aims to improve their skills in motivational interviewing for behavioural patients. Maryam is originally from Egypt where she received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Cairo University. She has been in Canada for 5 years, and is intrigued by mental health issues and stigma

Past Trainees:

Chris Viel (Graduate Student, MHSc 2019)

Thesis Topic: The association between mental health disorder training and supervisors’ likelihood to accommodate employees with mental health disorder