The Representation of Visible Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Women in Senior Leadership Positions in London, Ontario

The aim of the current project is to assess the level of representation of visible minorities, indigenous peoples, and women in leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors in London. The current project also aims to conduct in-depth interviews with key stakeholders in London to determine if and what some of the organizations in the public and non-profit sector in London have done to improve the representation of visible minorities, indigenous peoples, and women over the last four years.

Development of Functional Calcium Imaging with Quartet®, for studying odor memory circuits

1 in 5 people suffer from a mental illness, such as depression, Alzheimer’s & Parkinon’s during their lifetime. Currently, there are no treatments for these diseases, because the underlying causes of these diseases is not known. Neurescence has developed a technology that is essential for understanding how local and long range neuronal circuits form to create healthy brain function, hence understand how these neuronal circuits are disrupted in each disease.

A Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project to Examine How People Who Use Drugs are Represented in Anti-Stigma Campaigns and How Anti-Stigma Work Can be Made More Inclusive

Through a review of existing anti-stigma campaigns targeting stigma towards people who use drugs (PWUD) and a series of focus groups conducted with marginalized PWUD, this community-based research project will explore how anti-stigma campaigns can be made more inclusive of all PWUD, especially those most severely impacted by stigma.

Tracking the parasympathetic nervous system, emotions, and wellbeing in chronic pain conditions

Wearable body sensors are groundbreaking in that they allow for continuous and unobtrusive physiological measurements. The promise is that someday soon, smartphones will monitor our bodily state and thus prevent all kinds of wellbeing implications: acute physiological issues like stroke or heart attack; less acute but still serious illness, such as chronic illnesses caused by destructive behavioural patterns; and everyday psychological experiences such as stress and bad mood. But this is not yet a plug and play matter; simply attaching a heart rate sensor does not fulfill this dream.

The Psychometric Development and Validation of the Canadian Reconciliation Barometer

Reconciling the deep-seated inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada is perhaps Canada’s most pressing goal. Yet at present, there is neither an agreed-upon definition of reconciliation nor a way to measure it, complicating progress toward it. To address this gap, in the current research we will develop the Canadian Reconciliation Barometer.

The Efficacy of Goal Management Training for Cognitive Remediation among Public Safety Personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Urgent calls exist to address the mounting crisis of mental illness, and, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among public safety personnel (PSP) within Canada. PSP, including firefighters, police, paramedics, correctional services workers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, operators and dispatchers, border services officers, and members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of individuals, often placing themselves at risk by doing so.

Real world testing of online cognitive training and rehabilitation programs

With an aging population on the rise, the prevalence of cognitive decline is expected to increase substantially. Goal Management Training® (GMT) and the Memory and Aging Program® (MAP) are cognitive interventions that have been studied extensively and applied clinically to address these needs. Although previous research has demonstrated efficacy of the in-person versions of both MAP and GMT, significant barriers exist in the utilization of these programs. In light of these challenges, online versions of MAP and GMT have recently been developed.

Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Public health struggles to meet the needs of adults with mental health concerns in a timely manner. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the decreased ability to provide face-to-face therapy and the anticipated increase in mental health difficulties as a result of the pandemic, alternatives need to be made available for Canadians seeking support. This project will evaluate a new internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) platform, Tranquility Online, within the context of a global pandemic.

Application of Machine Learning to Vision-Based Pose Data for Exercise Classification

The research will be using visual information from the phone’s camera as well as demographic information from participants and implement various machine learning algorithms such as random forests, support vector machines, etc. to provide feedback regarding different exercises to the participant. Specifically, the algorithms will classify the exercise types. Furthermore, these algorithms will be optimized for use on smart phones. The partner organization intends to incorporate the algorithms in their mobile app for mass use.

Chronotype-based recommendations for shift workers to improve sleep and work performance

During night shifts, workers’ circadian rhythms (or “body clocks”) do not align with their work schedules. This misalignment results in poorer sleep and more workplace errors relative to working during the day. It is possible to align the body clock to night shift schedules by controlling one’s exposure to light. However, the effectiveness of this approach may vary depending on people’s work schedules (e.g., rotating or permanent night shifts) and chronotype (i.e., their biological preference for usual sleep and wake times).

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