Congratulations 2021-2022 MSSU Student Award Recipients

Publication Date: 
Monday, July 12, 2021

The MSSU is pleased to announce the 10 recipients of the 2021-2022 MSSU Student Awards. 

The MSSU Student Awards provide financial support to research trainees pursuing patient-oriented health research. The 2021-22 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 Scientist for a supervisor. Each 2021-2022 MSSU Student Award provides up to $10,000 in funding for one year.

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 $100,000 in the next generation of high-caliber researchers here in the Maritimes. 

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


Brittany Barber
Health, Dalhousie University

Award type: Doctoral

Project title:
Integrating population health approaches to enhance patient-oriented interventions for prevention of cardiovascular disease in Nova Scotia

Supervisors:
Dr. Daniel Rainham, Dalhousie University
Dr. George Kephart, Dalhousie University


Kitti Bessenyei
Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Award type: Doctoral (Honorary)*

Project Title:
Intervention needs of caregivers of children with 22q11 deletion syndrome

Supervisors:
Dr. Sandra Meier, Dalhousie University
Dr. Igor Yakovenko, Dalhousie University


Chinenye (Joy) Chiekwe
Kinesiology, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's 

Project Title:
Preferences, barriers and facilitators to exercise and physical activity in cancer survivors or African, Black, and Caribbean descent in Nova Scotia: A mixed-methods approach.

Supervisor:
Dr. Melanie Keats, Dalhousie University


Justin Dubé
Clinical Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Doctoral

Project title:
Does women’s sexual desire moderate the associations between emotion regulation during sexual conflict discussions and sexual functioning? A dyadic observational and longitudinal study. 

Supervisor:
Dr. Natalie Rosen, Dalhousie University


Luke Duignan
Epidemiology and Applied Health Research, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project title:
The Role of Guaranteed Income in Healthy Aging: Canadian Public Pensions and their Association with Objective Health Measures.

Supervisor:
Dr. Daniel Dutton, Dalhousie University
Dr. Susan Kirkland, Dalhousie University


Tulayla Katmeh
Psychiatry Research, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project title:
Older adults' perspectives of key behaviour change elements in a mailed resource for chronic insomnia management: a qualitative study.

Supervisor:
Dr. Andrea Murphy, Dalhousie University


Dong Wook (Andy) Kim
Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project title: 
Drunk in Love: Attachment, Coping-motives, and Problem Drinking in Romantic Partners

Supervisor:
Dr. Sherry Stewart, Dalhousie University


Catrina MacPhee
Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Doctoral

Project title:
Feasibility and effectiveness of translating a new computerized prism adaptation procedure for spatial neglect to the home environment

Supervisors:
Dr. Gail Eskes, Dalhousie University
Dr. Anne Sophie Champod, Acadia University


Sarah Scruton
Epidemiology and Applied Health Research, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project title:
Investigating variations in survival rates for women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in Nova Scotia

Supervisor:
Dr. Robin Urquhart, Dalhousie University


Brannon Senger
Science in Psychology (Clinical), Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project title:
Evaluating a Patient Oriented Virtual Peer Support Intervention for Youth Transitioning out of Nova Scotia First Episode Psychosis Services

Supervisor:
Dr. Phil Tibbo, Dalhousie University


Karen Tang
Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Doctoral (Honorary)*

Project title:
Barriers to help-seeking in the development of gaming disorder

Supervisor:
Dr. Igor Yakovenko, Dalhousie University

 


Christina Torrealba
Epidemiology and Applied Health Research, Dalhousie University

Award Type: Master's

Project Title:
An investigation of the socioeconomic gradient of physical capability among older adults

Supervisor:
Dr. Yukiko Asada, Dalhousie University


*Awards are designated as honorary when the recipient holds external funding in an amount that exceeds the award funding cap set by their institution. Funds are not issued.