Congratulations to the 2020-2021 MSSU Student Award Recipients

Publication Date: 
Monday, July 27, 2020

The MSSU is pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2020-2021 MSSU Student Awards. 

The MSSU Student Awards provide financial support to research trainees pursuing patient-oriented health research. The 2020-21 competition was open to students who are enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island and have an MSSU Associate Scientist for a supervisor. 

These awards are an important part of the MSSU's commitment to developing capacity for patient-oriented research. This year’s competition represents a total investment of $160,000 in the next generation of high-caliber researchers here in the Maritimes. 

The value and duration of the 2020-2021 MSSU Student Award is up to $10,000/year for one year (Masters) and up to $15,000/year for up to 2 years (Doctoral). 

Congratulations to all MSSU Student Award recipients! We look forward to your contributions to health-related research in the region.

Recipient Award Type Funding Amount Term

David Allsop​
Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University

Project title:
Dyadic empathy as a protective factor against declines in sexual function during the transition to parenthood

Supervisor:
Dr. Natalie Rosen, Dalhousie University

Doctoral $30,000 2 years

Aleksandra Budarick
Health, Dalhousie University 

Project title:
Current knee osteoarthritis management strategies in Nova Scotia

Supervisor:
Dr. Rebecca Moyer, Dalhousie University

Doctoral $30,000 2 years

Sarah Marie Dickieson
Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University 

Project title:
Patterns of follow up care in frail cancer survivors in Nova Scotia: Implications for personalized survivorship models

Supervisor:
Dr. Robin Urquhart, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health

Masters $10,000 1 year

Andrea Mayo
Health, Dalhousie University

Project title:
Lifestyle behaviours among Canadian middle-aged and older adults: What is their impact on frailty?

Supervisors :
Dr. Olga Theou, Dalhousie University
Dr. Susan Kirkland, Dalhousie University

Doctoral $30,000 2 years

Meghan Rossi​
Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Project title:
Implicit sexual beliefs as predictors of the trajectories of sexual well-being during fertility treatment

Supervisor:
Dr. Natalie Rosen, Dalhousie University

Doctoral $30,000 2 years

Kathleen Scott
Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Project title:
Familial clustering of symptoms and characteristics in individuals with bipolar disorder

Supervisor:
Dr. Martin Alda, Dalhousie University

Masters $10,000 1 year

Sareen Singh
Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Project title:
New exposure to opioids for low back pain in the urgent care system: understanding patterns and associations with prolonged opioid use  

Supervisor:
Dr. Jill Hayden, Dalhousie University

Masters $10,000 1 year

Katie Vaughan
Planning, Dalhousie University

Project title:
Spaces that work for me: Understanding older adults' experience in the built environment through photovoice

Supervisor:
Dr. Mikiko Terashima, Dalhousie University

Masters $10,000 1 year