Current Graduate Students

Brock Reissner, BA

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: First Year

Undergraduate: Queen's University, Health Studies (2020)

Current Research: Brock is a first year Master's student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Brock's current research focuses on physical activity messaging and knowledge translation; specifically, he is interested in exploring the preferences and utility of physical activity campaigns and applications for individuals with a disability.

Contact:
Email: 15bmr5@queensu.ca


Alyssa Grimes, BScH

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: First Year

MSc Thesis: Strengthening Ontario’s supply of highly trained, quality games and event volunteers for inclusive sports and recreation
Undergraduate: Dalhousie University, BScH Kinesiology (2019)

Current Research: Alyssa is a first year Master's student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Alyssa’s current research is focussed on developing a volunteer training protocol that aims to retain high quality volunteers for inclusive sport programs/events across Ontario. Her research interests include parasport, physical literacy, and enhancing quality experiences within physical activity settings for persons with disability and chronic illness.

Contact:
Email: alyssa.grimes@queensu.ca


Jacob Sartor, BSc

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

Year: First Year

MSc Thesis: Examining participant perceptions of quality participation over time in an adapted home exercise program within a COVID-19 context
Undergraduate: Queen’s University, Kinesiology (2020)
Undergraduate Thesis: Evaluating the nature of inter-individual variability in the assessment of maximal cardiorespiratory fitness

Current Research: Jacob is a first year MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Jacob’s current research focuses on whether adapted at-home community based exercise programs for individuals with disabilities facilitate quality participation during COVID-19. Additionally, he will examine whether quantity of participation can influence quality of participation. Jacob hopes that his research findings will provide insight into the feasibility of developing adapted exercise-programs to be delivered at home.

Contact:
Email: jacob.sartor@queensu.ca


Laura Koch, BSc

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

Year: First Year

MSc Thesis: Quantitative Exploration of the Quality Participation Over Time Study Using Multilevel Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling
Undergraduate: Queen's University, Kinesiology (2020)

Current Research: Laura is a first year MSc student under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Tomasone. Laura is interested in investigating how community-based exercise programs like Revved Up can foster quantity and quality of exercise participation for persons with disabilities. Her Master’s project will utilize time series analyses to explore how the aspects of quality participation interact over time, using longitudinal data collected at Revved Up.

Contact:
Email: 15lk15@queensu.ca


Tami Morgan, MA

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

Year: First Year

MA: University of Ottawa, Human Kinetics (2019)
MA Thesis: Investigating the demographic and behavioural predictors of mental health and burnout in medical students: A cross-sectional study
Undergraduate: University of Ottawa, Human Kinetics (2017)

Current Research: Tami is a second year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Tami is currently involved in study conceptualization and design for her dissertation, which aims to examine how to enhance the uptake and use of the new 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults in undergraduate medical education. She plans to use an integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach to collaborate with stakeholders in medicine and education and to establish a novel iKT process for curriculum mapping in Competency-Based Education. Tami hopes this will help to overcome the challenges associated with moving knowledge into action, particularly in the context of an already full medical curriculum, in order to support these curriculum changes. Her goals are to build the capacity of stakeholders to embed new curriculum for the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults at one Canadian medical school, which could subsequently guide future scale-up at other Canadian medical schools, in other disciplines (beyond medicine), or in other topics (beyond the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines). Prior to attending Queen’s, Tami completed a BA and MA in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her MA thesis was titled Investigating the demographic and behavioural predictors of mental health and burnout in medical students: A cross-sectional study.

Contact:
Email: t.morgan@queensu.ca


Kaitlyn Kauffeldt

Kaitlyn Kauffeldt, MSc

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

Year: Third Year

MSc: Queen’s University, Health Promotion (2018)
MSc Thesis: "It has to be more than exercise": Exploring optimal physical activity program delivery for breast cancer survivors across multiple stakeholder groups
Undergraduate: University of Waterloo, Kinesiology (2014)

Current Research: Kaitlyn is a second year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Tomasone. Currently, Kaitlyn is examining the role of organizational networks in the dissemination and implementation of the upcoming 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Canadian Adults and Older Adults. She hopes her research findings will provide a comprehensive understanding of how social networks influence knowledge translation processes and insight into the network dynamics required to move evidence into practice. Previously, Kaitlyn completed a MSc in Health Promotion at Queen’s University.


Yetnayet Sisay Yehuala

Yetnayet Sisay Yehuala, MPH

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: Second Year

MPH: University of Gondar, Ethiopia, Public Health (2014)
MPH Thesis: Clients’ satisfaction in public and private laboratory services in Gondar town, Northwest Ethiopia, 2013: A comparative cross-sectional study
Undergraduate: University of Gondar, Ethiopia, Medical Laboratory Technology (2009)

Current Research: Yetnayet is a second year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Currently, Yetnayet is investigating the current scope of practice in physical activity participation for persons with physical disabilities in low income countries. She hopes the findings of her research will be benchmark for developing effective intervention strategies for better outcomes and could also serve as a basis for decision-making by providing researchers, policymakers and programmers with concurrent evidence.

Contact:
Email: 18ysy@queensu.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yetnayet-የትናየት-sisay-ሲሳይ-335a1492


Natasha Bruno, BSc

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: Second year

Proposed MSc Thesis: Utilizing Knowledge Translation to Enhance Quality Participation in Recreational Sport Programming for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Undergraduate: University of Toronto, Kinesiology (2019)
Undergraduate Thesis: Investigating peer support and quality participation within Special Olympics Canada coaching manuals

Current Research: Natasha is a second year Master's student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Natasha’s current research – funded by Mitacs, Special Olympics Canada (SOC), and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) – is geared towards facilitating quality participation for children with intellectual disabilities. In partnership with SOC, Natasha is in the process of developing a Quality Participation Self-Reflection Tool that provides sport instructors with tailored program feedback accompanied by evidence-based strategies to enhance sport experiences for athletes. Due to COVID-19, her original plan to validate the tool in practice by travelling across Canada to observe SOC recreational sport programming was not feasible. Alternatively, Natasha’s thesis will focus on detailing the rigorous knowledge translation tool development process which can be used as a reference for effective program evaluation and implementation for other sports programs and organizations.

Contact:
Email: natasha.bruno@queensu.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-bruno-604783152


Alexandra Walters, MSc

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: First Year

MSc: Queen’s University, Health Promotion (2020)
MSc Thesis: An Exploration and Experimental Test of a Generic Messaging Approach to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults
Undergraduate: Queen’s University, Health Studies (2018)
Undergraduate Thesis: Using eye-tracking to explore awareness and recall of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.

Current Research: Alexandra is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Alexandra is in the preliminary stages of conceptualization and design of her dissertation. She hopes to promote Quality Participation persons to with a disability through ParticipACTION’s mHealth physical activity app . She is currently interning at Curatio Inc, mobilizing and evaluating mHealth support programs for individuals living with chronic disease. Alexandra aims to translate knowledge from research to practice, and hopes to promote healthy behaviours at both an individual and population level. Her diverse research profile includes exploring messaging strategies for the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth, Adults and Older Adults, promoting quality participation for individuals with a disability, improving patient satisfaction in a clinical setting, and exploring novel methods for building a health brand.

Contact:
Email: alexandra.walters@queensu.ca
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/alexandra-walters-160459157


Janet Lawson

Janet Lawson, MSc

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Year: First Year

MSc: Queen’s University, Health Promotion (2020)
MSc Thesis: Classification in Parasport: Exploring athletes’ and classifiers’ experience with and understanding of classification
Undergraduate: Camosun College, Sport and Fitness Leadership (2017)

Current Research: Janet is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung. Janet is interested in classification and quality participation in Para sport. For her PhD, she plans to examine the resources and supports available to athletes who undergo Para sport classification. Previously, she worked for a variety of sport organizations, including the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Athletics Canada.

Contact:
Email: janet.lawson@queensu.ca
Twitter: @janet_lawson


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