Eric Kwabia is a registered nurse by profession. He acquired his BSc Nursing degree from the University of Ghana in 2009 and completed his MSc in Telemedicine and eHealth at The Arctic University of Norway in 2015. Prior to moving to Regina, Eric worked with the Ministry of Health in Ghana as a Program coordinator for Telenursing and eHealth. Currently, he is completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the DEPtH Lab. He is interested in health research interventions using the SMART Platform. Eric’s career objective is to become an eHealth policy expert and a renowned researcher in academia.
Maryam Assarandarban, Graduate Research Assistant
Maryam Assarandarban received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 2014. She completed her master's degree in 2019 in the Department Sociology and Social Studies Department of University of Regina. With a constant incentive to research as a graduate research assistant in the DEPtH Lab. Maryam is training to integrate citizen science with community-based participatory research by contributing to complex data linkages and mixed-methods analysis as part of the SMART Platform. Maryam hopes to utilize this training in pursuing a doctoral degree in Public Policy in the future.
Kayla Stevenson joined Dr. Katapally’s research team in Winter 2017 as a student Research Coordinator. Kayla recently graduated from the University of Regina with a B.A. Hons. Psychology and will complete her Bachelor of Health Studies in April 2017. Kayla would like to complete a Masters degree in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy to further her research abilities. Once complete, she will apply to medical school in hopes to provide healthcare services to rural populations.
Ann Dorion is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and her grandparents in northern Saskatchewan raised her. Ann joined Dr. Katapally’s research team and the Masters of Public Policy program at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in 2018. Ann is interested in health intervention research, with a specific focus on the Indigenous populations. Ann’s research will be part of the SMART Platform, which combines Indigenous methodologies with citizen science and community-based participatory approaches in implementing a land-based active intervention among Indigenous youth – SMART Indigenous Youth. Ann believes that embracing cultural backgrounds and interests while engaging in physical activity is meaningful and sustainable.
Susannah Walker is Waganakising Odawa (from northern Michigan) and grew up in the U.S. She has worked as a teacher in Texas and Colombia and completed her MSW in 2012 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work experience in Saskatchewan has been in the non-profit sector, and as an instructor in Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University. Her research interests include health disparities among Indigenous people, especially access differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and culturally responsive, community-based participatory research approaches for Indigenous communities. Susannah joined the Population Health Policy Lab in June 2018. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy under Dr. Katapally’s supervision, and her research will be part of the SMART Platform.