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).

Healthcare Utilization in Chronic Pain Patients: A Prospective Examination of Using Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes

The proposed project will evaluate the healthcare utilization of chronic pain patients using cannabis for their pain treatment while on a waitlist for a specialized pain clinic. Two hundred patients will be followed for 6-months to identify differences in the number of medical appointments or prescription medication depending if one uses cannabis for pain relief or not. Flowr will benefit by developing a better understanding of the health effects of cannabis in order to better inform their recreational and medicinal customers.

The Future of Ontario’s Manufacturing Workforce: A Roadmap to Assess Needs and Capabilities

The purpose of this research project is to better understand the human resource needs and capabilities of the advanced manufacturing sector in Ontario so as to support industry competitiveness and technological change. This research also contributes to labour market development for Ontario’s workforce through an analysis of training and educational providers and recruitment and retention approaches. This project is closely related to the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing’s objective of raising awareness of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Voice pitch cues in speech intelligibility, prosody, and memory consolidation, for cochlear implant users

Cochlear implants are surgical devices that allow deaf people to recover some form of hearing and understand speech. However, current devices are limited, particularly in terms of their ability to transmit voice pitch information. Users have to compensate for these limitations by spending additional resources to decode words, fill-in the gaps, and extract linguistic and semantic meaning as well as the speaker’s emotional state and intent. Over time, this effort results in fatigue and cognitive saturation, which are incredibly taxing on the mind, even in daily tasks.

Workplace Resilience Training: Evaluating the impact of the Be Fit at Work program on individual and organizational outcomes

This research has two main foci: (1) resilience and resilience intervention and (2) workplace dignity. The first main focus of this project is to evaluate Air Institute’s current evidence-informed Pathway to Resilience program, specifically their effectiveness in impacting the key resilience factors targeted in each workshop. This research will also examine data in order to identify certain resiliency factor correlations and/or profiles in order to provide more value to current organizational reports and key insights.