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Research Services Team

SAINT JOHN OFFICE

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Barry Strack,
Regional Director of Research Services
Barry leads a talented team of research and administrative professionals dedicated to supporting Horizon's research community. In addition, he is responsible for managing all research-related activities in the Saint John Regional Hospital. Before joining Horizon, Barry lived in Toronto, Ontario, where he held several management positions in the pharmaceutical industry with companies running clinical trials throughout North America, Europe and China. In addition, he held the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Quality Assurance Journal, a John Wiley publication dedicated to continuous quality improvement in the pharmaceutical and biosciences industries. Educated at the University of Toronto, Barry holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Forestry Science.

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Katie Holden,
Administrative Assistant to the Regional Director
Katie manages all administrative duties for the Research Office at the Saint John Regional Hospital. A native to New Brunswick, she has been employed by Horizon Health Network for 7 years. Before joining Research Services, she worked at the New Brunswick Heart Centre. Katie studied at CompuCollege in Saint John, where she received a high honour diploma for Medical Office Assistant in 2005.

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Jacquelyn Legere,
Regulatory Compliance Manager
Jacquelyn is responsible for the regional regulatory compliance program for the conduct of clinical trials. She has built her career in various roles throughout Horizon Health Network where she began as a staff nurse with the internal medicine program in 1989. Her adventure into the research world began with clinical trials began in 1995 as a clinical trials nurse and evolved into a position in Research Ethics held until 2013. Jacquelyn received her diploma in nursing in 1988 from the Saint John School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Nursing degree from UNBSJ in 2011.

 

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Bryn Robinson,
Research Engagement Manager

Bryn supports the development of research and patient engagement initiatives, education and training, and inter-institutional collaborations. She received a BA honours degree in psychology and major in French, and her PhD in experimental and applied psychology at the University of New Brunswick. Her doctoral work involved researching the impacts of parental relationships on emerging adults' mental health. Currently, Bryn also sits as an Honorary Research Associate with the Department of Psychology at UNB Saint John. Prior to joining Horizon, she was the clinical research manager for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, and a senior policy analyst conducting strategic planning research with WorkSafeNB, as well as the vice-president of the Canadian Mental Health Association's Saint John Branch.

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Donaldo Canales,
Methodologist
Donaldo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Saskatchewan), a Master of Arts degree (University of New Brunswick), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Experimental/Applied Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. His expertise is in forensic psychology, and has conducted research related to offender risk assessment, recidivism prediction, mental health and offending, mental health courts, psychopathy, and police psychology. Donaldo is a stipend instructor at the University of New Brunswick Psychology Department, and has taught courses related to behaviour modification, dementia, criminal behaviour, and statistics.

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George Stoica,
Statistician
Based in Saint John, George's responsibilities include design, data and statistical analyses on clinical investigator initiated research projects, using advanced mathematical and statistical methods applied to health-related matters. George has two Ph.D.'s, one in Statistics and one in Mathematics, has taught for 30 years in the higher education environment, coordinated 24 Master, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral students, conducted research and published 4 books and over 100 research papers in various areas of Mathematics and Statistics. 

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Teresa Yeomans,
Research Services Clerk - Saint John
Teresa is responsible for administrating the financial and accounting details of all Clinical Trials and Applied Health studies within the Zone. Before joining the Research Team, Teresa worked as a Patient Service worker for St. Joseph's Hospital OR.  She then furthered her education and received a Diploma for a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. After her training at SJH, Teresa worked for 3 years in the SJRH OR Sterilization Department. Born in Saint John, Teresa also studied at Modern Business College where she graduated with a Secretarial Diploma.

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Pat Shea,
Research Coordinator for Research Services - Saint John
Pat is responsible for research training and assisting new coordinators, completing submissions to Horizon's Research Ethics Board, and assisting clinical investigators with their research studies. Prior to assuming her current role, Patricia was a study coordinator in geriatric research, during which time she completed her Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) designation. During her diverse nursing career, she has worked in Labour and Delivery, Surgery, Surgical and Medical ICU, Neuro ICU, the Eye Clinic, Geriatric Medicine Clinic, Psychiatry, and Community Nursing. Pat is a native of Saint John; however, early in her career worked as a registered nurse in Maine and at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. She graduated from the Saint John School of Nursing.

SOAR: Support Opportunities and Assistance for Research

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Natasha Hanson,
SOAR Research Writer
As part of the SOAR program support, Natasha provides writing support and consultation regarding research documents, funding submissions, and results publications. She also provides qualitative research support. Natasha worked previously as a Research Grants Assistant at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, as well as a private qualitative research consultant. She is originally from New Brunswick, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from St. Thomas University. Natasha obtained her Master's degree from Carleton University, her PhD in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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Tracy Freeze,
SOAR Research Methodologist
As SOAR Research Methodologist, Tracy provides statistical and methodological support. Previously, as Associate Professor of Psychology at Crandall University, Tracy taught a variety of courses including advanced research methods, health psychology, and psychological tests and measurement. Tracy has conducted research on offender recidivism, and, more recently, her research focused on attachment, religion/spirituality, and well-being.  In her role at Crandall University, Tracy was recognized for excellence in teaching and service, and was awarded two internal research grants. Tracy holds a BA honours in psychology (UNB), and both an MA and PhD in experimental and applied psychology (UNB).

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Leanne Davis
, SOAR Research Coordinator
Leanne coordinates the recruitment, scheduling, and implementation of research activities and procedures for research participants, as part of the SOAR program. She monitors the collection, processing and recording of research data and communicates results to the research team. Leanne worked previously as both a Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology-Psychology (University of New Brunswick) and is currently a Master of Arts candidate in Experimental Psychology at the University of New Brunswick.

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Emily Kervin
, SOAR Research Assistant
Emily supports the development of various research projects through literature search and background writing, preparation of research materials, participant recruitment, and data collection. Before joining the SOAR team, she worked previously as a Research Assistant at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging and Dalhousie University on projects around chronic disease self-management, dementia, and palliative care. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (Mount Allison University) and is currently a Master of Arts candidate in Family Studies & Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

MSSU: Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit

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Lillian MacNeill,
MSSU Clinical Research Manager
Lillian works with the Saint John MSSU team, supporting patient-oriented research requests. She is currently completing her PhD in experimental psychology at the University of New Brunswick. Her doctoral work focuses primarily on client perceptions of substance misuse treatment programs. She brings experience in both quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, as well as, experience engaging community partners and patients in health research.

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Samantha Fowler
, MSSU Clinical Research Assistant
As a clinical research assistant for the MSSU, Samantha will be key in fulfilling requests for support and data linkages that we receive from our clinical researchers. Samantha recently completed her Masters' degree in Experimental Psychology (UNB '17), where she studied psychosocial predictors of life satisfaction, including: personality, coping styles, perfectionism, body image, and peer relationships. A successful SSHRC fellowship recipient, she has experience presenting at national and international conferences, and possesses a strong background in research methodology and data analysis. As well, she has experience providing services in patient-oriented settings (such as the John Howard Society and Centracare).

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Lauren Cook
, MSSU Clinical Research Assistant
Lauren has a Bachelors' degree in psychology (UNB '15) and impressive experience applying those skills in the business world. Most recently, she has served as the Atlantic Canada Relationship Manager for Corey Nutrition, where she oversaw 90+ clients in 4 provinces and doubled sales in her time there. She was also key to the planning of such events as Area 506. Her creativity and relationship skills will be critical to truly developing a patient-oriented research culture, especially with respect to patient engagement and knowledge translation for Horizon.

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Nicole Barry
, Clinical Trials Coordinator for the SPOR iCT Mentorship Chair
Nicole has a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology (MtA, '12) and a Masters' degree in Experimental Psychology (Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience; Brock '16), and has significant experience in coordinating local and national research studies. Her undergraduate and graduate work primarily focused on mild head injuries (i.e., concussions) and subsequent physiological, neuropsychological, behavioural, and cognitive sequelae. She has also worked in clinical settings, providing support to clinicians and rehab specialists at WorkSafeNB, and providing inpatient support for eldercare programs at UHN. Among other duties, she will be focused on managing the Terry Fox Research Institute M4 Study, as well as other clinical trials that Dr. Reiman mentors through this program.

MONCTON OFFICE

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Dominique Richard,
Manager of Research Services - Moncton
In addition to being the primary liaison with local universities, Dominique supports research studies undertaken at The Moncton Hospital. She also plays a key role in supporting the Research Office's communications initiatives. Prior to joining Horizon, Dominique held various teaching positions, including clinical teaching at the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick and as a content expert with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour of New Brunswick. She also spent four years working as a research associate with the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute. A native of Moncton, Dominique holds a BSc Honours degree in Biology from Acadia University and a PhD from McGill University, where she specialized in neuroscience.

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Emily Gautreau,
Administrative Support and Research Clerk

Emily is responsible for the administrative duties for the Research Office in Moncton. Emily is also responsible for administrating the financial aspects of all Clinical Trials and Applied Health studies within the Zone.  Emily started working with us right after she obtained a B.Sc. in Biology from Mount Allison University. She is currently continuing her education through Dalhousie University in hopes to eventually obtain a Masters in Health Administration.

FREDERICTON OFFICE

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Joann Mallett,
Contract and Budget Manager
Joann facilitates the development and execution of research agreements and assists investigators with the legal language within research contracts. Joann is also the coordinator of the research funding competitions administered through the research office. Joann holds a B.Ed. from UNB and a Master of Public Health from the University of Liverpool (UK).

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Stella Park,
Research Coordinator
Based in Fredericton at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Stella is dedicated to serving and providing support for the local Horizon Health Network research community. Before joining Horizon, Stella built hands-on experience and knowledge of coordinating and managing phase I through III clinical trials; she worked several years for a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in Toronto, and for a clinical trials office at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). Stella holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in biology from Queen's University, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Research and Development (R&D) Technology.

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