Capacity Development Advisory Committee (CDAC)

The Capacity Development Advisory Committee advises on MSSU-led patient-oriented research training and educational offerings. The CDAC membership includes Patient Partners, researchers, trainees and representatives of partner organizations.

Current members:

Chair:  Mathieu Bélanger, MSSU Science Lead (Capacity Development; Moncton); Directeur de la recherche, Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick; Professeur agrégé, Département de médecine de famille, Université de Sherbrooke; Épidémiologiste, Réseau de santé Vitalité

  • Catherine Bechlem, MSSU Patient Partner
  • Lisa Best, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Psychology, University of New Brunswick; MSSU Scientist
  • Aleks Budarick, MSSU Student Awardee (Nova Scotia)    
  • Leah Carr, Acting Co-CEO and Director, Research Programs and Human Development, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)
  • Natasha Hanson, SOAR Research Manager, Horizon Health Network
  • Lucie Kocum, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University; Program Coordinator – Masters of Applied Health Services Research, Atlantic Regional Training Centre (ARTC) 
  • Marli MacNeil, Chief Operating Officer, Research Nova Scotia (RNS)
  • Martine Poirier, Assistant Director, Research and Scientific Development, Vitalité Health Network
  • Donna Rubenstein, MSSU Patient Partner
  • Tara Sampalli, Senior Scientific Director, Nova Scotia Health (NSH)
  • Daniel Saucier, NBHRF & CIHR-SPOR-MSSU Studentship/Fellowships Awardee    
  • De-Ann Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Rankin School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Sharon Skaling, MSSU Capacity Development Coordinator
  • Isabel Smith, Joan and Jack Chair in Autism Research; Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University; IWK Health
  • Jordan Warford, Senior Director of Research, Nova Scotia Health (NSH)