Past Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Chantelle Bailey earned her PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. She joined the Faculty of Nursing as a post-doctoral fellow in 2017; her supervisors wereDrs. Lianne Jeffs (Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing) and Carolyn Pullen (Canadian Nurses Association). While here, Dr. Bailey pursued research investigating the roles of nurses in opioid management, e.g., opioid initiation to cessation, and the context and mechanisms that enable and inhibit opioid stewardship within healthcare settings. The research was funded by the Canadian institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Nurses Association and Mitacs. Her research interests are cancer and non-cancer pain management (e.g., neonates), and stewardship of prescribed medicines, including opioids.
Dr. Marina Bastawrous Wasilewski earned her PhD in 2016 from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. She held a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Louise Rose. Supported by a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Wasilewski developed and piloted an online peer support program for caregivers of ventilator-assisted individuals (VAIs) living in the community. The goals of her study were to 1) adapt and evaluate a peer mentor training program; 2) develop an online peer support program for caregivers of VAIs; and 3) run a pilot randomized controlled trial and evaluate the support program’s impact on caregiver outcomes. Her research interests include ageing populations, caregiving, interpersonal relationships, peer support, online intervention development and delivery, and health-related social media.
Dr. Kathryn Birnie joined Dr. Jennifer Stinson’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2016. She received her BA(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Calgary and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Christine Chambers. Dr. Birnie’s PhD research focused primarily on the role of parents and families in children’s pain. Her research has also examined the efficacy of psychological interventions for procedural pain, the pain experiences of hospitalized children, and the use of experimental pain methods with children. Dr. Birnie completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the areas of pediatric health and general child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Birnie’s postdoctoral work in the area of paediatric pain wasfunded by a CIHR Fellowship. Her research focused on the development of a smartphone app for improving pain management for adolescents following surgery, as well as the transition from acute to chronic pain.
Dr. Flavia Casasanta Marini received her PhD in Women’s Health in 2014 from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. She joined the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing for a post-doctoral fellowship (2016-2018) under the supervision of Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis. Dr. Marini has a particular interest in Mental Health in the perinatal period. During her fellowship she focused on psychological and psychosocial interventions for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression among low income women in the perinatal period.
Dr. Saeed Moradian graduated from the highly regarded University of Manchester, Cancer and Supportive Care Research Unit under the supervision of Dr. Alex Molassiotis (Frances Bloomberg Distinguished Visiting Professor 2007-08). His PhD dissertation was a pilot trial on management of chemotherapy treatment toxicities using a novel program that applied specially constructed audio signals to generate an antiemetic reaction, in controlling CINV in breast cancer patients. His area of post-doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Doris Howell (2016-2018), focused on utility and feasibility testing of an Advanced Symptom Monitoring and Management System that enables e-PRO monitoring of symptom and treatment toxicities in real time with risk-based self-management advice for immediate feedback to patients and rapid alert to clinicians for early high risk symptom intervention.
Dr. Krista Keilty received her PhD in Nursing in 2015, from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. During her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Robyn Stremler, she held the Janis Rotman post-Doctoral Fellowship for Innovation in Paediatric Homecare through the Department of Paediatrics (primary mentor Dr. Eyal Cohen), SickKids, and a CIHR Team Grant in Sleep and Biological Rhythms Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship, through the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (primary mentor Dr. Robyn Stremler 2015-2017). Dr. Keilty’s program of research investigates the experiences and outcomes of family caregivers of children with medical complexity across the continuum of care including exploring factors that influence sleep disturbance in family caregivers of children who depend on medical technology and testing the feasibility, acceptability and impact of a novel sleep-promoting intervention in this vulnerable group.
Dr. María del Mar Pastor Bravo received her PhD in Nursing in 2014 from the University of Murcia, Spain, completing a thesis entitled “The voice of women subjected to female genital mutilation: Knowledge for the nursing discipline”. Her thesis involved developing a research and prevention program for female genital mutilation in Murcia (Spain) and Marigat (Kenya). After completing her PhD she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Mexico for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in 2016. Here, she conducted work on the social determinants of health in emerging adult Mexican women.
Dr. del Mar Pastor Bravo joined the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing during 2016-2017 as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Sioban Nelson, researching the mobility and migration of nurses between Spain and South America. She has a particular interest in migration, women’s health, qualitative research and public policy.
Dr. Pnina Mor completed her PhD at the University of Calgary; she spent 2015-2016 working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Kelly Metcalfe at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Mor’s interests center around healthy BRCA mutation carriers and their health care. BRCA mutation carriers of childbearing age are offered the option of in vitro fertilization & preimplantation genetic diagnosis (IVF & PGD) procedure for the sole purpose of eliminating the mutated gene in their future children. The overall objective of her postdoctoral research was to assess decision making related to (IVF & PGD) in BRCA mutation carriers of childbearing age, and the effect of the decision for or against IVF & PGD on the individual’s psychosocial functioning.
Dr. Paola Galbany Estragues earned her PhD in nursing in 2012 and is a senior lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Her PhD dissertation focused on nursing history; taking a gender perspective, she analyzed the evolution of nursing care in Spain using a case study of a tuberculosis sanatorium near Barcelona. Her research took into account the evolution of the treatment of tuberculosis and the socio-cultural and political changes occurring in Spain during the twentieth century.
Dr. Galbany Estragues spent 2014-2016 as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Sioban Nelson. During her fellowship she investigated nursing migration in Spain and its effects in Spain and abroad.
Dr. Kobra Falah-Hassani completed her PhD in public health in 2010 at the University of Tampere in Finland. Her research has focused on mother and child care. She was a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis during 2015-2016, focusing her research on perinatal depression and risk factors for perinatal depression among migrant women. Dr. Falah-Hassani was also the 2014-2015 Tom Kierans International Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloomberg Nursing.
Dr. Louise Boyer completed her PhD in education at the Université de Sherbrooke (QC) in 2014. She joined the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing for a post-doctoral fellowship during 2014-2015.
Dr. Boyer’s research interests focus on the evaluation of nursing competencies in the clinical setting. Under the supervision of Professor Ann Tourangeau, she evaluated the development of nursing competencies related to patients’ safety, quality of care and team effectiveness. The goals of her research include co-construction of a nursing competencies evaluation tool with the use of simulation.
Dr. Sara Ahola Kohut completed her PhD at York University (Ontario) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Jennifer Stinson at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2014-2015.
Dr. Kohut’s interests center around paediatric chronic pain, social support, and mindfulness. Her postdoctoral research project was titled “Virtual Peer-to-Peer Support for Adolescents with Chronic Pain.”
Dr. Chitra Lalloo completed her PhD at McMaster University. She was a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Jennifer Stinson during 2014-2015.
Dr. Lalloo’s research interests include e-health, m-health, chronic disease self-management, chronic pain and health management. Her research project with Dr. Stinson is titled “iCanCope withPainTM: Development and evaluation of a smartphone and web-based pain self-management program for adolescents and young adults with chronic pain”. The study goals are to develop and evaluate the usability and feasibility of iCanCopewithPain, the first integrated smartphone- and web-based pain self-management program for adolescents and young adults (aged 15-25 years) with chronic pain.
Ivonete Schulter Buss Heideman joined the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing from Santa Catarina, Brazil, where she completed her PhD in August 2013; her post-doctoral fellowship ran from August 2013 to July 2014.
Dr. Buss Heidemann has a particular interest in health promotion, primary health care, interdisciplinary studies and the social determinants of health. Under the supervision of Professor Denise Gastaldo, she conducted a comparative study of the health systems of Brazil and Canada. The study compared health promotion practices developed by Toronto Community Health Centres (CHCs) with those developed by CHCs in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Dr. Craig Dale completed his PhD in nursing here at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; he also completed a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Louise Rose in 2014.
Dr. Dale’s research interests are in fundamental nursing practice, mechanical ventilation, pain and rehabilitation from serious illness. His post-doctoral research, “A pilot study of video-facilitated exploration and analysis of identified oral hygiene barriers, modifiable antecedents, and recommended interventions for intubated and mechanically ventilated critically ill adults” focused on several aspects of patient care. Dr. Dale investigated patient eligibility and consent rates, interview guide performance, and clinician feedback on the usefulness of video methods in exploring oral hygiene barriers at the bedside.
Gloria Gallego obtained her doctorate from the University of Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Sioban Nelson during 2014.
Dr. Gallego’s research centres around nursing at the time of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The goal of her postdoctoral research project, “The International Nursing Profession’s Response to the Spanish Civil War” was to conduct a critical review using historical secondary and primary sources as she builds a biographical database.
Post-Doctoral Fellows Pre-2013
Aeleah Soine joined us from the United States; she was supervised by Dr. Sioban Nelson 2012-2013.
Julie Trudel came from Quebec, Canada, and was supervised by Dr. Doris Howell 2012-2013.
Hans de Ruiter visited as the Tom Kierans International Post-doctoral Fellow from Minnesota State University in the United States; he was supervised by Dr. Jan Angus 2012-2013. More information can be found here.
Mika Nonoyama completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Science Institute. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Louise Rose as supervisor in 2011-2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Judith Godin completed her PhD in psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and came to the University of Toronto for a post-doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Diane Doran in 2011-2012.
Marilyn Aita obtained her doctorate from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto with Dr. Robyn Stremler during 2012-2013.
Mia Quint Rappaport completed her doctorate at the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto with Dr. Edith Hillan in 2010-2011.
Roberta Cardoso visited the Faculty in 2009 from Brazil to complete a post-doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Bonnie Stevens.
Sayra Cristancho joined the Faculty in 2009 from Colombia to complete a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Adam Dubrowski.
Teresa Moreno Casbas visited the Faculty from the Ministry of Health in Spain in 2009-2010 as the Tom Kierans International Post-doctoral Fellow, supervised by Dr. Sean Clarke. More information is available here.
Sara Promislow completed her doctorate at the University of Toronto Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2005, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Adam Dubrowski in 2009.
Maria Schubert was the Tom Kierans International Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2008-2009. She joined the faculty from the University of Basel in Switzerland and was supervised by Dr. Sean Clarke. More information is available here.
Marit Leegard was the Tom Kierans International Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2007-2008, joining the faculty from the University of Oslo. She was supervised by Dr. Judy Watt-Watson. More information is available here.