2015 award recipients

The October 2015 competition resulted in the approval of 10 Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship awards to individuals in Alberta who are undertaking graduate research with a patient-oriented approach. Below is a description of the award recipients and their projects.

Meredith Brockway

Meredith is a registered nurse and PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Meredith has been featured in the Alberta Innovates newsletter for her success in the 2015 Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship competition. Her research project is also in collaboration with the Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network.

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Kyle Kemp

Kyle is a PhD student in Community Health Sciences department at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Kyle’s research examines the relationship between the patient’s rating of their experience while in hospital and linking with administrative hospital data sets to determine whether a better patient experience is associated with various patient outcomes. Kyle will be involving patients to validate the findings and provide feedback on the results.

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Marta Shaw

Marta is a PhD student in the Community Health Sciences department at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Marta has designed a project to increase quality care for patients through improved understanding, satisfaction with, and engagement in Advanced Care Planning. Marta was recently featured in the Alberta Innovates newsletter discussing her experience as an Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship recipient.

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Serena Chen

Serena is a first year Masters student in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Serena is passionate about her work with seniors, which is highlighted in a video created with the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Career Development (CD) Platform team and videographer/producer Asha Siad.

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Mackenzie Moir

Mackenzie is a Masters student in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Mackenzie is engaging patients, family members, and health care providers to inform his project, from design through to the development of guidelines. Mackenzie’s project aims to understand the information seeking behaviours of ALS patients and their families, how the communications used influence perspectives and develop communications guidelines that reflect the informational needs and interest of patients.

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Chelsia Gillis

2017 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) recipient. Chelsia is a PhD student in Community Health Sciences department at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Chelsia’s work is designed to understand the characteristics that negatively impact the surgical experience for colorectal surgery patients. Patient input is a key aspect of the potential program that will be created from this work. Chelsia has been featured in the Alberta Innovates newsletter for her success in the SPOR Studentship competition.

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Amanda Deacon

Amanda is a first year PhD student in the department of Pediatrics in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Amanda’s project is designed to identify potential patient safety concerns in pediatric resuscitation care and move towards more fully understanding the interaction between family presence and team performance.

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Allison Norris

Allison is a PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Allison is embarking on an innovative approach to engage with children who experience chronic pain. Allison will be working with children to develop a graphic novel about chronic pain that has the potential to improve the quality of life for these pediatric patients.

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Stephanie Garies

Stephanie is a PhD student in the Community Health Sciences department at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Through her project, which links primary care medical records with administrative data, Stephanie aims to contribute to contribute to our understanding of chronic disease burden over time, what treatments are effective, and how we can improve our health care system.

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Lorraine Smith-MacDonald

Lorraine is a PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Lorraine has developed a study to understand the impact of spirituality for mental health and well-being in veterans by seeking out the voices of soldiers. Lorraine participated in a video with AbSPORU to talk more about her project.

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