Colleen Davison

Principal Investigator 

Dr. Colleen Davison is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. After a few years as a school-teacher in Nunavut and Japan, Dr. Davison did volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and Youth Challenge International, completed a Masters degree in Public Health and became an intern at the WHO/PAHO in the Dominican Republic. She then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Calgary (Dept. of Community Health and Epidemiology) where she lived in northern Canada and worked with First Nations youth to better understand influences on their health and educational opportunities. Dr. Davison now has research experience with projects in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Jamaica, Mongolia and Lebanon as well as projects focusing on health equity and disadvantage among Canadian youth.

William Pickett

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. William Pickett is Head of the Department of Public Health Sciences and plays an imporant role in supporting the Department of Emergency Medicine with its research goals as well. His areas of interest include the epidemiology of injury and trauma, pediatric health, agricultural and rural health, and epidemiology as applied to emergency medicine.

Valerie Michaelson

Co-Investigator & Postdoctoral Fellow

The Reverend Dr. Valerie Michaelson holds a DMin from the Toronto School of Theology. Her doctoral research involved an interdisciplinary study about religious involvement, spirituality, and the health of children. Her current post-doctoral fellowship is a cross-appointment with the School of Religion and the Faculty of Public Health Sciences at Queen's University. 

Sophie Moore

Research Assistant

Ms. Sophie Moore is a student currently studying Life Sciences and Art History at Queen's University. She enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors. Her various travels lead her to become interested in exploring different cultures and their approachs to health. Sophie is on the Youth Engagement team, assisting with planning and running the Youth Advisory groups, as well as recruiting youth for the program. 

Nathan King

Phd Epidemiology Research Student

Mr. Nathan King is a PhD in Epidemiology candidate under the supervision of Dr. Pickett and Dr. Davison. His PhD research is interested in understanding social determinants of adolescents holistic health. He completed my Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western, where his research focus was on activity restrictions in children with epilepsy. Prior to that he completed a BSc in Kinesiology at Brock University.

Christine Pentland

Research Assistant

Ms. Christine Pentland is a second year Master of Public Health student who previously completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in Health Sciences. Her past experience includes health promotion effortsin various contexts, including promoting healthy behaviours among disadvantage youth.  


Danica Desjardins

Ms. Danica Desjardins is a second year Master of Public Health student with an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa. Danica credits growing up in northern Ontario for sparking a passion for Indigenous health. This interest was furthered through her practicum placement in Arviat, Nunavut, where, along with Dr. Davison, she worked with the Inuit community to develop the Inuuqatigiitsiarniq Camp Program.

Nel Vandermeer

Ms. Nel Vandermeer is a Master of Public Health graduate. She has an interest in exploring the upstream determinants of health. Before coming to Queen's, she completed her BSc in Kinesiology at McMaster University. Nel was on the Youth Engagement team, assisting with planning and running the Youth Advisory groups, as well as working on the Perceptions of Health project.

Laura Davis

Ms. Laura Davis worked under the supervision of Dr. Davison and Dr. Pickett as a MSc Epidemiology student. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Ottawa University in 2011. Laura investigated the role of parental support in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among Canadian youth from different geographic areas, particularly northern Canada, for her thesis.

Jessica Byrnes

Ms. Jessica Byrnes recently graduated with an HBSc in Life Sciences from Queen's University and has started studying Nursing. She is passionate about youth character and leadership development and spending time outdoors. Her research interests include child and family health, particularly in the areas of substance use and injury. 

Lindsay Favotto

Ms. Lindsay Favotto worked under the supervision of Dr. Davison and Dr. Michaelson a MSc Epidemiology student. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Brock University, along with experience in Youth Engagement from her role as a summer student at Niagara Region Public Health. Lindsay studied the influence of technology use on adolescent health and social connection for her thesis project entitled: “Connections with a screen: The impact of computer-mediated communication on the health of Canadian Adolescents”. 

Akshay Gupta

Mr. Akshay Gupta worked with Dr. Davison and Dr. Michael McIsaac to support two summer research projects. His most recent study looked at the association between perceived levels of parental trust and drinking behaviours in Canadian adolescents. Akshay is an undergraduate student at Queen's in Math and Economics.

Farzana Haq

Ms. Farzana Haq was a MSc Epidemiology student under the supervision of Dr. Davison and Dr. Pickett. She came to Canada as an international student from Bangladesh in 2008 and has an undergraduate degree from Queen's in Biochemistry. Farzana completed her thesis research related to hunger in Canadian children and the role of social support in supporting child health and child food security.

Anna Arciszewska

Ms. Anna Arciszewska was a work-study student with the Child Health 2.0 research team in 2014. She was involved with planning for the Youth Advisory Council, as well as updating and improving the website.

Margie McKerron

Ms. Margie McKerron was a research assistant with the Child Health 2.0 research team in 2014 and 2015. Her area of research was Youth Perceptions of Health.

Jenny Taylor

Dr. Jenny Taylor has a Doctorate in Education from Queen's University and was a post-doctoral fellow with the Child Health 2.0 research team in 2013 and 2014. During her time with the team, she was involved in facilitating focus groups with youth across Ontario and was particularly interested in Youth Perceptions of Health.

Sharan Kuganesan

Ms. Sharan Kuganesan was a work-study student involved with the Child Health 2.0 research team in 2013 and 2014. She helped create the research group's website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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