School of Health & Community Services Researchers

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Anne-Marie DePape

Professor, Academic and Field Placement Coordinator

anne-marie.depape [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3158
 

  • Program/Department: Brain Disorders Management Program and Mental Health and Disability Management Program, Community Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Anne-Marie's graduate studies at York University and McMaster University focused on quantitative research about executive functioning, bilingualism, cognitive reserve, autism, and auditory processing. Her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital involved qualitative research about lived experiences and parents' experiences with developmental disabilities as well as employment readiness among youth with physical disabilities. More recently, Anne-Marie's research has examined applied topics related to the impact of new classroom practices and technology on teaching and learning outcomes at the postsecondary level.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Autism

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Cassandra Cumpson

Professor


cassandra.cumpson [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3632
 

  • Program/Department: Health, Wellness & Fitness, Health Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Cassandra has worked as a college professor for 10 years and worked in the industry as a certified personal trainer as well as a Research Assistant at Laurentian University. Cassandra has since turned her interests towards behaviour change coaching specific to nutrition and health promoting behaviours.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Nutrition
    • Habit-Based Coaching
    • Behaviour Change in Relation to one’s Health and Wellness Related Goals

 

 

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Emily Comegna

Professor, Program & Field Coordinator

emily.comegna [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3668
 

  • Program/Department: Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate Program, Health Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Emily is the Program and Field Coordinator of the Autism and Behavioural Science graduate certificate program. Emily is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She has several years of experience working in the field providing behaviour analytic interventions to children and youth with a diagnosis of Autism. Emily's areas of interest for research include single subject research, Applied Behaviour Analysis and Precision Teaching.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Single Subject Research
    • Precision Teaching
    • Applied Behaviour Analysis

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Eryn Jewitt

Professor

eryn.jewitt [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3145
 

  • Program/Department: Health, Wellness & Fitness, Health Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Eryn completed an undergraduate degree with a focus on exercise physiology and a research based master's thesis with a focus on sport psychology, receiving scholarship funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She was a Research Coordinator at the University of Calgary for Alberta Health Services and continues to have a passion for research being actively involved with projects at Mohawk College.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Mental Health and Physical Activity
    • Group Cohesion
    • Behaviour Change
    • Applied Exercise Physiology
    • Human Performance
    • Effective Program Delivery in Virtual Environments

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Kim Ann Laush

Associate Dean

kim.laush [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 4523
 

  • Program/Department: Community Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Kim Ann Laush has worked at Mohawk College since 2003 in a variety of capacities. She is currently the Associate Dean of Community studies in the School of Health and Community Services. Prior to this she was faculty/coordinator in both the Educational Support and Child and Youth Care programs. Kim Ann has a BA in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, BEd from York University (primary/junior qualifications), and a Master of Education from Nipissing. Prior to working at Mohawk College, Kim Ann worked in children's mental health, custody for youth, and taught in both the Grand Erie School Board, and the Waterloo Region District School boards. Kim Ann has participated in research at Mohawk College titled "Virtual Reality Experience Understanding Anxiety and Depression for Helping Professionals."
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Mental Health
    • Inter Professional Practice
    • Field Placements
    • Helping Professions
    • Communication Skills/Soft Skills
    • Virtual Reality Experiences for Students

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Krissy Doyle-Thomas

Professor

krissy.doyle-thomas [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3212

 

  • Program/Department: Brain Disorders Management and Mental Health and Disability Management, Community Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Krissy is a medical neuroscientist with extensive research in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. After her PhD in 2010, Krissy worked as a researcher and research administrator at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Krissy holds an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) appointment in Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

 

 

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Maurine Parzen

Professor


maurine.parzen [at] mohawkcollege.ca

 

  • Program/Department: Collaborative BScN, Nursing
  • Campus: IAHS
  • Biography:
    Dr. Parzen has been working nursing education for 20 years in the Collaborative BScN program. She also holds an Adjunct Professor status at the University of Toronto in which she supervises PhD students. She is very interested in research and has been involved with several research projects over the years as the PI and Co-PI. She also is the Co-Chair of Mohawk's REB.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Nursing Education
    • Technology as a Teaching Modality
    • Smart Technology to Support Informal Caregivers
    • Virtual Health Care Practices
    • Collaborative Research with Technology Industry Partners

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Melodie Spencer

Professor

melodie.spencer [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 2111
 

  • Program/Department: Early Childhood Education, Community Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Melodie has worked in the field of early childhood education for nearly 30 years. Most of that time was in leadership roles. Melodie was involved in community capacity building and led planning groups for many years which included research in pedagogy and data collection/interpretation.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Pedagogy - adult and child
    • Collaboration/Engagement
    • Teaching Strategies

 

 

 

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Monica Almas

Professor

monica.almas [at] mohawkcollege.ca
 

 

  • Program/Department: Recreation Therapy, Community Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Monica has research experience with participating in a Scholarship for teaching and learning project after receiving an ICF catalyst fund grant. Additional experience with research includes conducting a systematic literature search for a report and teaching a research and evaluation course. Additional areas of interest include innovative methodologies, qualitative data collection methods, research and evaluation design process, and dissemination of research.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Experiential Learning
    • Student Engagement and Success
    • Factors that Foster a Sense of Belonging
    • Ways to Enhance the Health and Well-being of Individuals

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Nick J Petrella

Professor


nicholas.petrella [at] mohawkcollege.ca

 

  • Program/Department: Health, Wellness & Fitness, Health Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Nick completed an Undergraduate Degree and a Master of Science degree with a focus on Physiology and Performance before shifting his interests to Educating. He continues to have a passion for research and is currently involved with the exploration of new research proposals.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Concussions and Brain Health
    • Applied Physiology
    • Human Performance
    • Concussions and Human Performance
    • Applied Metabolism

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Shelley Rempel

Professor

shelley.rempel [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Phone Number: 905-575-1212 x 3825
 

  • Program/Department: Social Service Work, Social Services and Justice Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:

    Shelley wrote her first book, Advocacy in Practice: Creating a Culture of Social Change in the Human Services [2017], Oxford University Press. The book involved comprehensive research into advocacy theory and practice as well as in depth interviews with practicing advocates.

    While teaching full time as a Professor Shelley completed her doctorate at the OISE/U of T. Shelley's thesis, Critical Social Work Field Educators: Identity, Context, Resistance and Pedagogy [2009], was based on qualitative analysis and used a small snowball sampling in design.

    Shelley was the Executive Director of the Housing Help Centre of Hamilton where Shelley carried out small sample community based, action research, projects [1989-2001].

  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Privilege, Oppression, Intersectionality
    • Anti-oppressive practices
    • Advocacy
    • Community Development and Organizing

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Tara-Lyn Dinyer

Professor & Program Coordinator

tara-lyn.elston [at] mohawkcollege.ca

 

 

  • Program/Department: Health, Wellness & Fitness, Health Studies
  • Campus: Fennell
  • Biography:
    Tara did a research based master's thesis and was involved in a research lab while at McMaster University. Her research interests lie in the area of exercise psychology, specifically, how to improve measures of health outcomes and group cohesion.
  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Exercise Psychology
    • Group Cohesion
    • Effective Program Delivery in Virtual Environments
    • Improvement in Mental Health Outcomes as a Result of Physical Activity

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Wendy Pomponio

Professor

wendy.pomponio [at] mohawkcollege.ca
 

 

  • Program/Department: Practical Nursing, Nursing
  • Campus: IAHS
  • Biography:

    Wendy is an experienced healthcare leader who held several roles over her nursing career, including, Vice President Clinical Programs and Chief Nurse Executive of a large community hospital. Accountable for the provision and management of all clinical programs, she executed the daily administration of the hospital while leveraging her strength and interests in professional practice standards, quality care environments, and fostering positive patient/family experiences.

    Wendy completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at York University and has a passion for patient safety and care that is coordinated and integrated. Wendy's research interests lie in Nursing leadership, Professional practice, Patient Safety, and Nursing education.

  • Research Areas of Interest:
    • Nursing Leadership
    • Professional Practice
    • Patient Safety
    • Nursing Education