Alumni

We are proud of our graduates and try to keep abreast of their career achievements. Nevertheless, this is not an exhaustive list and only include alumni that provide us with regular updates.

Community-focussed

Natasha Koustova (2017) Natasha’s current position is Research & Evaluation Specialist at Girl Guides of Canada - Guides du Canada. In this role she works with the Girls First team on improving Girl Guides' programming and delivery through research support and program evaluation. This also  involves running a large participant pool, conducting national surveys and focus groups, and providing research and analysis to support senior management in decision making and strategic planning. Giavana Jones (2015) Giavana’s first role post-PhD was as the Programme Director of Scholarships and College Success at the non-profit Layford Cay foundation in the Bahamas. Here she was responsible for the management of an existing scholarship programme. This included recruitment, support and tracking of award recipients; data collection and management; and reporting as well as the development, implementation and evaluation of pilot first generation college success programme. Gia is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of The Bahamas where she engages in teaching, research, community service. Barat Wolfe (2013) Barat’s first position after graduate school was as Visiting Assistant Professor of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where she taught Introduction to Psychology, Health Psychology, and Cultural Psychology to undergraduates. Barat is currently an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology at the State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) in Canton, NY where she is also the Curriculum Coordinator for the program. She teaches undergraduates Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Workplace Psychology, and Personality. Katherine Dunham (1997) Katherine taught as an Adjunct Professor in psychology at the University of Windsor for one year after completing her doctorate. In 1998 she was hired for her current position as a faculty member in psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. She is now a tenured Associate Professor and department co-chair for Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. She continues to apply what she learned at Windsor through various applied research projects over the years and in her teaching on a regular basis. Darryl Hill (1997) After graduation in 1997 Darryl worked at the University of Windsor as an adjunct, teaching classes in the Psychology and Sociology departments. Then, Darryl taught at Concordia University in Montreal and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York. Currently, Dr. Hill is a Professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center in Basic and Applied Psychology.

Health-focussed

Sandra Gotovac (2017) Following the completion of her PhD Sandra’s first role has been Project Coordinator for the Trans Youth Can! project at Schulich Medical School at Western University. Sandra works with a research team on a multi-year multi-site research project to prepare project infrastructure. She manages recruitment, data collection and data analysis and is responsible for navigating multiple stakeholder relationships. She is also involved in hiring and training research assistants and will be involved in community consultations and outreach. Shayna Skakoon Sparling (2017) Shayna holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Guelph and she is cross appointed with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. She is also working as a sessional lecturer with the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. Marc Frey (2016) Marc’s first position was as the Performance Improvement and Accountability Coordinator at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. This role included participation in strategic planning, performance management, and continuous quality improvement efforts. In these general areas I was involved in survey development, data collection, data analysis, and report development. Marc’s current role is Manager of Planning and Strategic Initiatives Team at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. This role involves managing an interdisciplinary team focused on developing and implementing strategic processes and program improvements across the organization The team plays a lead role in supporting the development tools for operational planning (creating links to the organization's strategies), and supports all departments in their program planning activities. Christin Moeller (2016) Christin Moeller’s first role after graduation is Benefits Realization (Evaluation) Lead at TransForm Shared Services Organization. In this role, she works in partnership with healthcare providers in Southwest Ontario to identify clinical and organizational benefits associated with the use of Electronic Health Records systems. This is a research and evaluation role within the applied health sector. Sobia Ali-Faisal (2014) Sobia’s first position after graduate school was as a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, and in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. She was the study coordinator of a hospital based randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a patient navigator program on increasing cardiac rehabilitation use among cardiac patients. Sobia is currently a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island as well as a post-doctoral fellow in Public Health at Stony Brook University. Melissa St. Pierre (2013) Melissa’s first role following graduation was a post-doctoral visitor at York University where she worked for the LGBTTQI Home Care Access Research Project as a Research Coordinator and also taught undergraduate psychology courses. Melissa currently works as a Research Associate with the World Health Innovation Network. In this role, Melissa conducts longitudinal qualitative case studies that document the process of innovation adoption and procurement in healthcare and education. She is involved in managing multiple stakeholder relationships and in knowledge transfer activities. Paula Barata (2004) Paula’s first role post-graduation was as a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University Health Network, Women’s Health Program, in Toronto. There she led a number of research studies including a CIHR funded project on the psychosocial impact of oncogenic HPV testing in women with abnormal Pap results. Paula is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. Simone Arbour (2003) Simone’s position was as a research and program quality coordinator for an addiction treatment centre.  In this role, she was responsible for the organization's outcome studies and internal quality assurance and decision support. Simone is currently a research scientist at Ontario Shores Her program of research involves recovery from severe mental illness. She investigates factors that support service user personal recovery and mental health system transformation. This involves recovery measurement and recovery-oriented practice. Simone is the managing editor for the first recovery-themed peer reviewed journal, The Journal of Recovery in Mental Health. Sherry Grace (2001) Following graduation, Sherry completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. She is now a full professor at York University and is also a Senior Scientist at Toronto Western Hospital. Julie Fraser (2000) After graduation, Julie’s first role was as a post-doc at the University of Windsor in Social Justice and Sexualities. She then went on to work as a health promotion specialist, program evaluation specialist, manager of program evaluation and communication, and then as senior manager of the knowledge mobilization division. Julie has recently opened her own consulting practice where she conducts program evaluations, applied research, performance measurement, and facilitation. Paul Pilon (1996) Paul’s first position was with the Windsor-Essex Health Unit. In this role he was involved with  communications, performance measurement, basic research, and was the liaison with other community health organizations. This role provided many opportunities to connect with people and participate in having a real impact on people's lives at a local level. Since then, Paul has worked for a variety of Federal Government agencies and departments in Ottawa, including the Auditor General's Office, the Public Service Commission, Shared Services Canada, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The complexities of non-experimental research and the statistical methods it requires are easily transferable to any public or private sector that performs research. This can be in the form of program evaluation, business intelligence, marketing, audit, or public opinion research.

Organizational-focussed

Amir Talaei (2016) Since graduation, Amir has been working for E.M. Vokes, Ph.D. & Associates as an associate practitioner. This company focuses on leadership, organizational development, and change management and is based in Windsor. Amir is now the Director of Applied Research at this company and he has mainly been involved in process consultation interventions for organizations in different sectors, organizational change initiatives, and qualitative data analysis and synthesis. Joanna Kraft (2013) Joanna’s first role following graduate school was as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, The Home Depot (Corporate Headquarters, Atlanta, GA). Here she developed and validated several selection assessments, conducted interviews, observations, and questionnaires, Analyzed and interpreted data from a variety of surveys and communicated research findings in reports and presentations. She also participated as an assessor and trained as a 360-degree feedback coach. Joanna is currently Senior Consultant, Talent & Leadership Development, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge (Toronto, ON). In this role, she partners advises on succession and assessment to design solutions for clients including preparing proposal documents. She also advises clients on leadership assessment, succession management or leadership development and provides assessment feedback sessions to support individuals in creating development plans. She also mentors junior consultants including training and providing feedback on performance. Andrea Butler (2012) Andrea’s first role post graduate school was with HRSG as a Research Analyst/Consultant in Competency-Based Management. In this role, she contributed to the development of new products and services based on current and future CBM market trends to address client pain points on all related CBM issues like recruitment, performance management, succession management, training and development, and HR planning. Andrea is now a Director of Competency-based Management Solutions at HRSG. In this role the HRSG’s Competency-based Management Practice in key areas: applied CBM research and measurement, business development and consulting services solutions with a focus on the development and promotion of best and innovative practices in the field of CBM. She is also responsible for overseeing the delivery of complex national and international client projects, professional engagements and providing business development and sales support in all areas of CBM practice: selection, training, career development, succession planning. Jessica Sartori (2004) Following the completion of her PhD, Jessica’s first job was as a Human Factors Consultant at Humansystems. In this role, she conducted research on decision-making and building and maintaining trust in teams for Defense Research and Development Canada. Jessica is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society. Her primary role is to monitor outcomes for children and families receiving the services of Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society and to provide strategic recommendations for organizational improvement. Jessica is also an elected Trustee with the Greater Essex County District School Board representing wards 1, 2, and 9. Jamie Gruman (2002) Jamie’s first position after graduation was as an instructor in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. In this role, he was primarily responsible for teaching courses but also required to do research. Jamie’s current role is Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph. Jamie also serves as Graduate Coordinator of the Leadership Stream of the Ph.D. in Management. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and corporate and public events. Lynn Perreault (2001) Following graduation, Lynn worked in a variety of public and private sector roles. She currently runs her own consulting business where she teaches entrepreneurial skills to new professionals with a focus on how people can create and develop their own opportunities in the modern global climate. Gail Matheson (2000) Gail’s first position following her PhD was at Ceridian where she was the Director of Organizational Development where she was responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing national organizational development strategies, including employee engagement, change management, succession planning, leadership development, performance culture, organizational design, and facilitating strategic and operational planning for the business units of the organization. She is currently the Executive Director of Organizational Strategy and Transformation at the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta. In this role, she oversees activities in Finance, Business Intelligence, Organizational Alignment, Project Management, IT, strategic Human Resources, Strategy and Communication, Emergency Management and Infrastructure. Her work in this involves significant focus on transformational change, planning, development, and quality management. Janet Mantler (1999) Janet’s first position after graduate school was Assistant Professor in Applied Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan. Janet is currently Associate Professor in Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. Helen Ofosu (1999) Helen’s first role following the completion of her PhD was as a Psychologist at the Personnel Psychology Centre of the Public Service Commission of Canada. In this role, she developed recruitment and selection tools for use by hiring managers, programs, and organizations. She also updated, helped to maintain, and trained assessors on succession planning programs for economists, policy researchers, middle and senior managers and played a significant role in the creation and implementation of the federal government's screening tests. Helen is currently an HR Consultant and Career Coach, I/O Advisory Services. Here she combines the insights gained from my doctoral training in Industrial / Organizational (I/O) Psychology with more than 15 years of professional experience to help people build resilient careers and to help organizations succeed. With my assistance, employees and entrepreneurs can make full use of their skills and abilities to bolster their careers and their results. She helps organizations select and develop employees and leaders that suit their culture and will drive business success. She also helps organizations minimize the risk of cyber and insider threats.
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