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This Week in Research: The Top 10 Researchers in the Faculty of Health 2016

As a reminder, the Faculty of Professional Schools and the new Faculty of Health have been giving an 'Outstanding Research Award' to a deserving individual since 2012 at our annual Faculty of Health and Education Research Conference in December every year. The recipients' biography will be available with their picture in the near future.

The Faculty of Health values faculty members' research contributions at Laurentian University. Since 2012, we have been recognizing a meritorious professor for the Faculty Research Excellence Award (2012=Tammy Eger, 2014=Kerry McGannon, 2015=Elizabeth Wenghofer). This year, we have recognized Dr. Michel Larivière for his noteworthy accomplishments. As well, based on annual reports (2015-16), the Faculty of Health recognizes the 10 researchers of the year.

Top 10 Researchers of the Faculty (who are not active Research Chairs): 


Diana Coholic
Dr. Diana Coholic’s current 3-year project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, investigates the effectiveness of an arts-based mindfulness group program for marginalized youth aged 11-17 years experiencing challenges with schooling. We hope that by participating in the 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program, youths will develop their capacity to be mindful and aspects of their resilience. For more information and resources, see

Sandra Dorman
Dr. Sandra Dorman is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian. She completed her Bachelors’ degree in Biology from Guelph University and her Doctoral degree from McMaster University in Physiology/Pharmacology, specializing in the area of immunology and respiratory physiology.
Her research interests focus around health promotion and prevention of injury and disease. Currently she is focusing on two primary themes in the occupational setting: modifiable contributors to fatigue (e.g. nutrition, physical activity, stress).



Alison Godwin
Dr. Alison Godwin’s recent research focuses in the area of human factors and ergonomics; 1) understand how situational awareness is impacted for drivers using proximity devices on machinery and 2) evaluate use of virtual reality to improve safety training related to line-of-sight issues.



Céline Larivière
Dr. Céline Larivière’s most recent research activities fall under two broad    categories;
1) occupational health and safety of wildland firefighters and employees in the mining industry and 2) the clinical application of physical activity and exercise.

Les activités de recherche les plus récentes de Dre Céline Larivière se répartissent en deux grandes catégories: 1) la santé et la sécurité au travail des combattants de feux de forêts et des employés de l’industrie minière et 2) l’application clinique de l’activité physique et de l’exercice.

Michel Larivière
Dr. Michel Larivière, C.Psych. is an Associate Professor and practicing clinical psychologist. He is the Associate Director at the Center for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) and former Vice Dean of Professional Schools.  He  teaches mental health, stress management, and occupational health. He holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (clinical education). After leaving Laurentian, Dr. Larivière completed his Ph.D. at Carleton University and his post-doctorate at the University of Ottawa. He has been involved in national studies in the area of occupational mental health, high-risk health behaviours and employee wellbeing, attracting over $2million in research funding. Several graduate and postgraduate students work with Dr. Larivière. They are actively studying workplace mental health and its relationship with injury and return to work. He is currently leading the Mining Mental Health study with Vale and the United Steelworkers of America.

Nancy Lightfoot
Dr. Nancy Lightfoot’s research and interests include research on mortality and cancer incidence in occupational cohorts; the impact of occupational-related lung cancer on caregivers; occupational and other risk factors for various cancers; cardiovascular and cancer risk factors for firefighters; the impact of wildfires and wildfire evacuations; Indigenous occupational Health and safety issues and research-ethics issues; factors related to cancer survival and progression: cancer and paediatric patient satisfaction  and quality of life. Dr. Lightfoot also pursues collaborative research with students and other colleagues, in the areas of occupational health; safety, job satisfaction, job retention, and quality of worklife; cancer epidemiology, etc. Dr. Lightfoot conducts quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods of research.

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden
Les travaux de recherche de Dre Chantal Mayer-Crittenden porte principalement sur l'apprentissage d'une langue minoritaire dans un contexte majoritaire chez les enfants et les adultes. En outre, elle s'intéresse aux troubles primaires du langage (TPL) ainsi qu'au trouble du déficit de l'attention et de l'hyperactivité (TDAH) chez les enfants.


Kerry McGanon
Dr. Kerry McGannon is an Associate Professor in the Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Human Kinetics. Her research advances the use of qualitative methodologies to understand the socio-cultural influences of sport and physical activity participation and the psychological and health implications. She also studies the media as a cultural site that constructs self-identities within the context of sport and health. Her peer reviewed scholarship includes 72 international conference presentations and over 90 publications in refereed journals and scholarly books. She is the co-author of three books, including the Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (official journal of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology) and Psychology of Sport and Exercise (official journal of the European Federation of Sport Psychology).



Stephen Ritchie
Dr. Stephen Ritchie is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics. Stephen’s research interests are devoted to understanding and promoting human health and wellness in outdoor environments, and evaluating community paramedicine and community-based emergency care programs in rural and remote communities. Stephen is interested in diverse methodological approaches including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods. He is also involved in community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects with First Nations communities that include program development, implementation, and evaluation phases.



Elizabeth Wenghofer
Dr. Elizabeth Wenghofer's research interests lie in the areas of physician performance, continuing medical education/professional development, rural physician resources planning, and physician regulation. Her current research activities investigate the factors that influence practice performance throughout a physician's career, particularly focusing on understanding the relationships between performance, the practice environment, particularly in rural areas, and continuing professional development.