Amira Aker, Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2020)

Amira Aker completed her Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough, supervised by Dr. Brown. Her projects included an exploration of the effect of asthma on perinatal mental illness. Dr. Aker’s broader research interests include the intersection of environmental and social risk factors on women’s health. She holds a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MPH in Environmental Health and Policy from the George Washington University, and a BSc in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo.

 

 

Gul Saeed, MPH Student (2020)

Gul Saeed is a Master of Public Health student in the Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is an incoming practicum student under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Brown and Dr. Lesley Tarasoff, and her research will focus on understanding the patient-provider communication experiences among pregnant and postpartum women with disabilities. Gul completed her Bachelor’s degree at McGill University, where she studied psychology and double-minored in behavioural science and social studies of medicine. Broadly, Gul is interested in applying an intersectionality lens to examine access to healthcare and subsequently using that information to develop and implement evidence-based interventions to improve access for underserved populations.

 

Nadine Eltayeb, MPH Student (2020)

Nadine Eltayeb obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario with a minor in Rehabilitation Science. During her undergraduate degree, she worked in a genetics and microbiology lab at the Hospital for Sick Children assisting in the development of treatment for a congenital myopathy. Nadine’s broader research interests include: impacts of social inequity, women’s health, and health outcomes of refugee and ethnic minority populations. Her practicum research with Dr. Brown and Dr. Anita Benoit investigated cancer screening uptake in Indigenous people who have a disability.
 

Momina Khan, MPH Student (2020)

Momina Khan obtained her Master’s of Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She completed her practicum under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Brown and Dr. Lesley Tarasoff where she conducted research on the perinatal health care experiences of mothers with intellectual and development disabilities. Momina completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Queen’s University where her understanding of health at the micro level was enriched and her keen interest in the social determinants of health was renewed. Through her service in the community and her work in the academic space, she is committed to improve conditions for maternal and child health both locally and abroad.

 

Adele Carty, Research Assistant (2018-2020)

Adele Carty is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Between 2018 and 2020, he worked as a research assistant on Dr. Brown’s National Institutes of Health-funded study that aims to understand the pregnancy experiences of women with physical, sensory, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adele holds a Bachelor of Public Health Honors (BPH), and Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSc) degree. Her broader research interests examine the role of environmental toxicant exposure on neurodevelopment in children.

 

 

 

Fareha Nishat, MPH Student (2020)

Fareha Nishat is a Master’s of Public Health Student in Epidemiology at Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is completing her second practicum placement under Dr. Brown’s supervision, focusing on prenatal care utilization by women with disabilities. Fareha completed her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Toronto Scarborough where her interest to understand the systemic and socio-demographic causes of physical and mental illnesses grew. She has spent the past 3 years working as a Research Assistant at SickKids in the Neurodevelopmental Research Unit. Her broader research interest lies in healthcare utilization by migrants.

 

 

Anthony McKnight, MPH Student (2019)

Anthony McKnight is a Master’s of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He completed a research practicum supervised by Dr. Brown, focused on the perinatal mental health of immigrants and refugees with chronic disease. Anthony completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Toronto where he became interested in the social determinants of health. He has worked on research projects investigating the relationship between work, parenthood, and mental health.

 

Mary-Rose Faulkner, MPH Student (2019)

Mary-Rose Faulkner obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She completed her research practicum supervised by Dr. Brown. Her practicum research examined the collective impact of chronic disease and poverty on perinatal mental health and was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

 

Saranyah Ravindran, Research Assistant (2018-2019)

Saranyah Ravindran completed her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She worked as a research assistant on Dr. Brown’s Women’s Xchange-funded study investigating the feasibility of an interconception intervention delivered by public health nurses. Saranyah’s other research interests include maternal mental health, school-based immunization program surveillance, and maternal immunizations. Saranyah’s research with Dr. Brown is published in the Maternal & Child Health Journal. After graduating, Saranyah accepted a position as a Health Analyst at Public Health Ontario.

 

Zoe Cairncross, MPH Student (2018)

Zoe Cairncross obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she completed her research practicum supervised by Dr. Brown. Zoe’s research examined preconception health knowledge measurement and evaluation. Her practicum research was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Following graduation, Zoe accepted a position as a Research Assistant at the University of Calgary.

 

Fahmeeda Murtaza, Undergraduate Student (2017)

Fahmeeda Murtaza completed her BSc in Health Studies and Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She worked as a research assistant for Dr. Brown conducting a systematic review on health outcomes of newborns and infants of women with  disabilities. After graduation, Fahmeeda was accepted into medical school at the University of Toronto.

 

Chloe Xavier, MPH Student (2016)

Chloe Xavier obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she completed her research practicum co-supervised by Dr. Brown and Dr. Anita Benoit. Chloe’s research examined the impact of teenage pregnancy on long-term mental health outcomes among Indigenous women in Canada. Her practicum research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health and Archives of Women’s Mental Health. After graduating, Chloe accepted a position as a Research Coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital.