McMaster University

McMaster University

Staff

The PEBC’s staff includes a core team of trained methodologists who work in partnership with the GDGs to develop evidence-based guidance on priority topics. These PEBC methodologists develop the evidence base on which guidance will be based, assist in the formulation of recommendations, and generally support the development of the PEBC documents. The staff also includes an administrative team to support the work of the research coordinators and several student project assistants to assist in the daily work of the PEBC.

Melissa Brouwers

Melissa Brouwers, PhD

Director

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Fulvia Baldassarre

Fulvia Baldassarre, RN, MSc

Health Research Methodologist


Judy Brown, PhD

Judy Brown, PhD

Health Research Methodologist


lisa

Lisa Durocher, MSc

Assessment & Review Coordinator


Glenn Fletcher

Glenn Fletcher, MSc

Health Research Methodologist

 


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Raymond Poon, MPH

Health Research Methodologist


Lesley Souter

Lesley Souter, PhD

Health Research Methodologist


Norma Varela

Norma Varela, MSc, PhD

Health Research Methodologist


Emily Vella

Emily Vella, PhD

Health Research Methodologist


Cindy Walker-Dilks

Cindy Walker-Dilks, MLS

Health Research Methodologist


Xiaomei Yao

Xiaomei Yao, MD,MSc

Health Research Methodologist


Caroline Zwaal

Caroline Zwaal, MSc

Health Research Methodologist


Duvaraga

Duvaraga Sivajohanathan, MPH

Health Research Methodologist


Chika Agbassi

Chika Agbassi, MBBS, MSc, CCRA

Health Research Methodologist


Maria Cavicchioli

Maria Cavicchioli, BA (Hons.)

Research Assistant


Stacey Christie

Stacey Christie

Program Secretary


Laurie Cocking

Laurie Cocking

Program Coordinator

Laurie Cocking has worked at McMaster University since 1988 and has been Program Coordinator for Melissa Brouwers since 2005. Laurie is responsible for the management of administrative support for the PEBC as well as management and coordination of IT and computer related services, space and equipment, support for data systems and procedural information, finances related to program expenditures, and coordination of communications with university personnel and external collaborators.
Sheila McNair

Sheila McNair, PhD

Assistant Director

Dr. Sheila McNair has been an Assistant Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care (PEBC), Cancer Care Ontario since 2006.  She holds a BSc in Biological Science from the University of Guelph, a BA in Theater from the Naropa Institute in Colorado and a PhD in Biology from McMaster University.  Over the years she has been engaged in many diverse activities in outdoor education, manufacture and design of outdoor equipment and ecological research.  Dr. McNair has worked with the Cochrane Collaboration in the areas of health promotion and public health, and has coordinated systematic reviews for public health practice in collaboration with McMaster researchers and public health professionals across Ontario.  She is interested in the application of scientific evidence to inform policy and management related to human health and the environment.


Hans Messersmith

Hans Messersmith, MPH

Assistant Director

Hans Messersmith joined McMaster University in 2004 as a research coordinator in the Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC) where he currently serves as Assistant Director, Quality and Methods. Prior to joining McMaster University, he worked for the Indiana State Department of Health in many capacities over fourteen years, most recently as the Director of Surveillance and Investigation for infectious disease. He also served for eight years in the United States Army Reserve and the Indiana National Guard as an officer in the military police. Hans has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana and a Master of Public Health from the Indiana University School of Medicine. His primary work with the PEBC is in developing and ensuring the use of methods for the efficient and timely development of high quality systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and clinical practice guidelines.


Nadia Coakley

Nadia Coakley, MLIS

Health Research Methodologist


Roxanne Cosby

Roxanne Cosby, BSc, MA

Health Research Methodologist


Sarah Kellett

Sarah Kellett, B.A.(Hons.), M.Env.Sc.

Health Research Methodologist


Students

Crystal

Crystal Su

Project Assistant


Kristy

Kristy Yiu

Project Assistant


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