Trainees

 

 

 

 

Brenda Cleary

Brenda Cleary 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.

Janice Kim

Janice Kim 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.

Jean Lefèvre-Utile

Jean Lefèvre-Utile

Jean Lefèvre-Utile 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 Liu 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'.

Maria Nasr

Maria Nasr 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.

Raissa Passos dos Santos

Raissa Passos dos Santos 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.

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 Wang 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 Audit 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 Behan 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 Blackwell 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 Gujral 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 Paula Keller de Matos 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 Saint-Laurent 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 Sebti 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 K. Singh 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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