Trainees

 

Anthony Cheung

Anthony is a medical student at McGill who first joined VOICE working under Dr. Franco Carnevale on the health stream of the "Indigenous Pedagogies" scoping review. His role was to conduct a scoping review on pedagogical approaches to working with Indigenous children in healthcare professions. The results of this review will inform research and practice reforms based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action. He is currently working on a second scoping review which aims to map the existing literature on healthcare profession education regarding communication with pediatric palliative care patients.

Brenda Cleary

Brenda is currently working on an arts-based inquiry into the moral experiences of youth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta as part of her Master's at Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University. As a community arts and health professional prior to coming to nursing she has worked with numerous groups throughout her career: Indigenous youth, children of migrant farmworkers, high school dropouts, domestic violence shelter residents, day laborers, undocumented students, war widows and children of the Guatemalan Mayan genocide. Most recently she blended her passion for creative arts, non-profit management and health promotion by designing and directing arts-based well-being initiatives in conjunction with Boulder County Public Health Department in her native Colorado. Brenda is proud to join the VOICE project and continue her dedicated track record of helping individuals and communities to flourish.

Satya Cobos Filippova

Whilst completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McGill University, Satya was accepted to finalize her last clinical externship as part of the Ambassador Program. Having an interest for Global Health, she decided to broaden her clinical and cultural experience in the community of Rapid Lake, QC. During her time up north, she was awarded the Cavazzoni Family Undergraduate Award for Global Health, which allowed her to work alongside Dr. Franco Carnevale. As part of this research opportunity, she was able to collaborate with the families in the Rapid Lake community to understand the moral experiences of Algonquin children and youth.

Emily Cox

Emily is an MSc candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University, working under the supervision of Dr. Gail Teachman. Her research interests surround occupational science, critical disability studies, and rehabilitation. In her critically situated research, Emily is interested in understanding the ways that dominant ideas about childhood disability shape rehabilitative practice. As an advocate for a more variable conceptualization of normalcy, she calls on her peers to rethink ideas such as occupational possibility and engagement as they relate to childhood disability in an effort to reduce some of the current harms disabled children may experience.

Olawale Dudubo

Olawale is a PhD student in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. He completed his Bachelor's of Dental Surgery at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife Nigeria. He has a Masters of Science in Dental Public Health from Queen Mary University of London, where he developed an interest and passion in mixed methods research. His doctoral dissertation project will be utilizing mixed methods research to identify the factors that impact the implementation of health promoting school from the perspectives of school children in underserved and rural communities in Ile-ife, Nigeria. He is co-supervised Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald and Dr. Belinda Nicolau.

Kristina Ferreira

Kristina is a graduate student at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the Health and Rehabilitation program. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences through the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. Kristina’s interests broadly surround paediatric research in the area of chronic pain. She is extremely passionate about patient partnership in research and healthcare as well as patient advocacy. For her thesis project, Kristina will be contributing to understandings of how children with chronic pain understand and cope with acute flare-ups  under the co-supervision of both Dr. Gail Teachman and Dr. Dave Walton. 

 

Isabel Fidalgo

Isabel is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her research is funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PD/BD/150468/2019) to explore the impacts and processes of the Program for Preparing Children for Adoption (PPCA), a specific intervention designed to ease the transition of children into a new adoptive family. Her research interests revolve around qualitative research methods with children and adolescents; child welfare, child protection, and alternative care; adoption ethics, and child preparation for adoption. She holds a degree in Clinical Psychology (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and is a certified specialist in health psychology, psychotherapy, and community psychology, and a chartered systemic family and couples therapist. Isabel has work experience in child residential care. She joined VOICE in 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale. 

Carly Heck

Carly is an MSc. Nursing (Global Health) Direct-Entry candidate. She is working with the VOICE team and the community of Rapid Lake, QC, on a project to explore how child-focused professionals can build safe and ethical relationships with Anishinabeg young people. Carly has a long-standing interest in rural and remote health in Canada, including how to address geographical barriers that may intersect with social determinants of health.

Lalita Kaur

Lalita is a global health student of the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program at McGill. She has been committed to community engagement since 2014. Her work experience involves the promotion of academic success in youth, social integration and well-being of immigrant populations, and nursing advocacy. Currently, she is blending her passion for community engagement and health promotion by working with local organizations under the supervision of Dr. Marjorie Montreuil to improve the well-being of immigrant families.

Janice Kim

Janice is a global health student in the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from McGill in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2015. As a member of the VOICE research team she will be completing a project under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale and Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald. She will explore Indigenous children's experiences and understanding of oral health in the community of Rapid Lake, QC.

Natalia Koper

Natalia is a third-year law student at McGill. Before going to law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics and in International Relations at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She then completed a Master of Science in International Relations of the Americas at UCL, UK. Natalia has been grateful for the opportunity to join VOICE as a research assistant in Summer 2020. At VOICE, she studies different facets of children's law-making capacity and autonomy.

Jean Lefèvre-Utile

Jean Lefèvre-Utile

Jean is a nurse and a graduate student at Paris-Sud University (France). As a PhD candidate, his research focuses on restraint alternatives in the management of challenging behaviors in inpatients with autism and intellectual disabilities. He is a scholarship student supported by the clinical research department of Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP). From February to June 2017, he was a doctoral trainee at the Ingram School of Nursing (McGill University) under the supervision of Franco A. Carnevale, in collaboration with Marjorie Montreuil and Amélie Perron (uOttawa). His research interests come mainly from his clinical experience at the Department of Child Psychiatry at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris). His project explores ethical issues in child and adolescent psychiatry and more precisely daily caregivers’ experiences with non-verbal individuals. It's a multicenter study (France, Canada, USA) with a participative approach in which nurses can be part of the research process.

Kevin Liu

Kevin is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.Sc in Kinesiology. Under the supervision of Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald and Dr. Franco Carnevale, he is working to explore youth perspectives towards the possible extension of medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation to include 'mature minors'.

Camille Mattos

My name is Camille Xavier de Mattos. I am a Ph.D. student of the Nursing Graduate Program at Anna Nery School of Nursing, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Since the first semester of 2017, I have been developing my dissertation under the supervision of Professor Ivone Evangelista Cabral. I am working with the knowledge translation conceptual framework. I joined VOICE in 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale. My research interests include pediatric nursing, oncology nursing, pediatric oncology, social media, children’s health, knowledge translation in the context of Children with Special Health Care Needs and children with cancer.

Maria Nasr

Maria is a graduate student in the Masters of Science - specialization in Biomedical Ethics program through the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She completed her undergraduate medical training at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She joined VOICE in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale. For her thesis project, she will be studying the ethical implications of medical assistance in dying for minors (MAID).

Carlo Cicero Oneto

Carlo is an MSc. student in the Department of Experimental Medicine with a specialization in Bioethics. He studied Medicine at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México as well as Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncology. His interests include qualitative and quantitative research with children and adolescents, decision making, cancer therapies in low budget countries and pediatric palliative care. At the present time he is doing research in partnership with VOICE and under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale.

Giulia Ottonello

Giulia is a children’s nurse and a PhD student in Nursing at McGill University and University of Genoa (Italy) under the supervision of Professor Franco Carnevale. During Master Science in Nursing she conducted a study about pain evaluation in children with severe cognitive impairment at Home Care Practice. She worked as a nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at G.Gaslini Hospital (Italy). As a VOICE trainee, her research focuses on children with disabilities, especially on their experience and perception of food.

Raissa Passos dos Santos

Raissa is a nursing master's student at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, under the supervision of Professor Eliane Neves and co-supervision of Professor Franco Carnevale. She is conducting an interpretive inquiry on moral distress and the moral experiences in nurses caring for children with disabilities in Brazil. During the winter of 2015 she studied at McGill University as a visiting student under the supervision of Professor Carnevale. As a VOICE research initiative, she is conducting a scoping review of research on children's health experiences in Brazil. Raissa has been selected as the recipient of the McCutcheon Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Care at McGill University.

Manav Preet Singh Saini

Manav is a graduate student in the Master of Science-Dental Sciences program in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. He completed his Bachelor's of Dental Surgery in 2017 at the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in Punjab, India. His thesis research project focuses on the Oral Health of refugee children. He is conducting his work under the supervision of Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald and is co-supervised by Dr. Christophe Bedos.

Apoorva Sharma

Apoorva Sharma is a graduate student in the Master’s of sciences- Dental sciences thesis program in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. She has completed her Bachelor’s of Dental Surgery from Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India in the year 2019. She is under the supervision of Dr.Mary Ellen Macdonald and her project focuses on Oral health and it's effect on the quality of life of paediatric cancer survivors. 

Marianne Sofronas

Marianne is a faculty lecturer and the Richard and Edith Strauss Clinical Research Doctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing. Her academic background is in medical anthropology and nursing. As an anthropologist, she studied voice, silence, consent and agency among women institutionalized for their mental illness. Since 2010, Marianne has practiced as a nurse clinician in the ICU of the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and has Canadian Nurses’ Association specialty certifications in neuroscience and critical care nursing. Marianne’s research interests are in nursing ethics, neuroscience and mental health, palliative care, ethnography and critical theory. Marianne’s doctoral research will focus on personhood and end of life decision-making for patients with neurologic illness. Though her research does not directly involve children, Marianne’s work is co-supervised by Drs. Franco Carnevale and David Wright, and aligns theoretically with many VOICE objectives, including nursing ethics education, personhood and the moral experiences of vulnerable populations. 

Jenny Wang

Jenny is a Bachelors of Science-Nursing student who will be pursuing her graduate studies in the Educational and Counselling Psychology program, General Educational Psychology (Project) concentration, at McGill University as of Fall 2019. She is currently completing her research project “The Moral Experiences of Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta" under supervision of Dr. Argerie Tsimicalis and Dr. Franco Carnevale. Her research interests include understanding children’s learning and participation in a clinical context and hopes to fill in gaps related to nursing practice and client education. She will be graduating in Summer 2019 and is looking forward to continuing her education and research within the pediatric population.

 

ALUMNI

Sabrina Audit

Sabrina is a first year graduate student in the Educational and Counselling Psychology program, inclusive concentration, at McGill University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Specialization Psychology at Concordia University in 2017. She is currently completing her internship at the Welcome Hall Mission in partnership with VOICE under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale. As an intern and a VOICE trainee, she works with youth and educators in the Academic Support Program to help design educational activities and provide psychological support and guidance.

Justine Behan

Justine is a graduate student in the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing – Global Health Direct Entry Program at McGill University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria. As part of VOICE, Justine will be conducting a study of children’s experiences with cancer in New Delhi, India under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale and Dr. Argerie Tsimicalis. This research study is in collaboration with our partners in New Delhi, including Dr. Ramandeep Singh Arora, and Poonam Bagai, Founder of Cankids India.

Justine has received several awards:

Mitacs Masters Award for Outstanding Innovation

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Global and Indigenous Health Nursing McGill Travel Award

Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Collins Memorial Bursary for Medical Research

Frida Blackwell

Frida is a graduate student in the Master of Science (Applied) Nursing – Global Health Direct Entry Program at McGill University. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from McGill in 2014 in Anatomy and Cell Biology and English Literature. She will be completing her research project as a VOICE research initiative under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale, Prof Madeleine Buck and Prof Lia Sanzone. Her project will be conducted in partnership with the TANWAT Hospital and HIV Care and Treatment Centre in Njombe, Tanzania and will explore sexual health and the prevalence of HIV among female youth in the rural community.

 

Suzanne George

Suzanne was a student in Global Health Studies in the Direct Entry Master's of Science in Nursing Program at McGill University. She has a background in basic science research which she conducted during her Bachelor's in Health Sciences Program at the University of Calgary. She has also taken courses in Psychology and Public Health and is interested in developing a broader understanding of health and well-being to apply to her (future) practice. She worked on a project exploring the moral experience of Indigenous children in a remote Quebec community with Dr.Franco Carnevale. She also worked on other projects as a research assistant for VOICE.

Mehar Gujral

Mehar is an undergraduate student pursuing Honors International Development Studies, with a focus on entrepreneurship, women’s studies, and South Asia. As a McGill Global Health Scholar and part of VOICE, Mehar is studying the moral experiences of children and youth with cancer in New Delhi, India. Supported by the Cavazzoni Family Undergraduate Award for Global Health, this research will be under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale and Dr. Argerie Tsimicalis, and in collaboration with partners in New Delhi, including Dr. Ramandeep Arora from CanKids India.

Ana Paula Keller de Matos

Ana is pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing at the University of São Paulo, Brazil under the supervision of Dr. Regina Lima. She joined VOICE as a Research Graduate Trainee at McGill University where she is presently developing her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale. She received a scholarship from the CAPES, Foundation in Brazil to conduct part of her doctoral studies in Canada. She is studying the lived experiences of families who have technology assisted children or adolescents who are cared for at home in Brazil. Her research interests are family nursing, pediatric nursing, and public health.

 

Olivia Saint-Laurent

Olivia was a graduate nursing student in the Direct-Entry Master program in Nursing at the Ingram School of Nursing. She has a background in biomedical sciences and neuroimmunology. As part of the VOICE research initiative, she explored the moral experiences of children living in poverty, through collaboration with the Welcome Hall Mission's children's services in Montreal.

Anahita Sebti

Anahita is a graduate nursing student in the Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at McGill University. Her previous studies include a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. As a part of VOICE research initiative she will be exploring peer-education HIV prevention programs in Tanzania under the supervision of Dr. Franco Carnevale, Prof Madeleine Buck and Prof Lia Sanzone. Her research interests come from her clinical experience working with marginalized, indigenous and migrant communities impacted by HIV, mental health issues, substance abuse, trauma and reproductive health issues.

Harprit Singh

Harprit is a graduate student in the Masters of Arts -Specialization in Biomedical Ethics program through the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with distinction at the University of Toronto, majoring in Neuroscience and Bioethics. As a VOICE trainee, she is conducting a thesis project on the importance of the child's voice in medical assistance in dying for minors (MAID) in Canada, should existing legislation enabling access to MAID for Canadian adults be extended to include minors. She is conducting her work under the joint supervision of Dr. Natalie Stoljar and Dr. Mary Ellen Macdonald. Harprit has been awarded SSHRC's Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her graduate work.

 

 

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