Probiotics Alleviating Depressive Symptoms (PADS)

Recent evidence shows there is extensive and direct communication between the brain and gastrointestinal tract, where nutrients are absorbed, and that intestinal microbiota have a role in healthy brain function. This study aims to look at the effects of probiotics, live bacteria that inhabit the gut and can help improve your health, on the mood, cognition, and sleep of depressed patients.

Improving decision-making by reducing anxiety

Performance anxiety has been shown to negatively impact decision-making as well as academic performance, but it is unclear whether the effect of anxiety on test performance is due to impaired decision-making. Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE), which involves exposure to rhythmically pulsating light and sound, has been shown to relieve anxiety symptoms — thus, AVE may be able to improve decision-making by alleviating anxiety, which may translate to better academic test scores.

Multi-dimensional wellbeing: Examining how financial, social, health, and environmental factors interactively determine subjective wellbeing

Maintaining a high level of subjective wellbeing (SWB) is critical to a happy and productive life. To achieve happiness, it is important to know what factors determine SWB. So far, a number of factors have been identified, including income, social relationships, physical health, and the environment. However, it is currently unknown how these factors interact with each other to influence SWB. The goal of the project is to develop an online survey to launch in Vancouver and Kelowna, BC.

Familiar Faces: Evaluating the Implementation and Effectiveness of a Diversion Support Program for People Who Are Heavy Users of Emergency Rooms and Hospitals

The research project will assist the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-Ottawa) with the evaluation of new innovative mental health services intended to divert individuals from their overuse of emergency rooms and having further hospitalizations for mental health problems.

Translating knowledge about mental health and addiction issues into a video game - Debris

The aim of this Mitacs proposed project is to gather information on the process of creating an animated, adventure video game, Debris (copyright Moonray Studios Inc.), aimed at helping youths recognize the symptoms and triggers of psychosis and overcome mental health stigma. This project uses an integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach to facilitate youths’ and community agencies’ involvement in the video-game process. Dr.

Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Different Potencies of Vaporized Marijuana Participants with Chronic, Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

This study is among the first studies examining the effects of whole plant herbal cannabis on a variety of outcomes, including mental health conditions, anxiety, mood, and sleep quality. The interns will gain valuable experience in the field of medical cannabis, and will collect important data on the effects of varying strains of cannabis on anxiety, mood, sleep, and general well-being. The benefits of this
program of research are expected to be far-reaching, to both Canadians suffering from mental health conditions and to the partner organization.

Pelvic Floor Health and Sexual Well-Being in Women Across the Lifespan

The promotion and maintenance of women’s pelvic floor health is a growing concern as pelvic disorders affect a substantial number of women and their prevalence is expected to increase as a result of Canada’s aging population. Pelvic floor disorders go beyond their physical consequences as they can negatively impact women’s psychological, sexual, and social quality of life. Evidence strongly suggests pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) can contribute to the promotion and maintenance of pelvic floor health and to the treatment of symptoms associated to pelvic floor disorders.

Exploring the lives of women with acne (acne and gender-based violence; acne inversa and sexual health)

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) are unfortunately common occurrences in women’s lives. Women with a disability are at higher risk of these experiences. Disabilities such as depression have been researched and we now turn our attention to a condition that has not been researched: acne.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Emotional Intelligence Training in Mobile Applications

This project aims to use literature evidences and data analysis techniques to develop new mobile games that train people’s “emotional intelligence”. The company will build the product prototypes based on current literature evidences and theoretical models. Then the data generated from the games will be evaluated to inform product performance, efficacy, and future developments. This internship will enable the company to integrate research in the heart of the product development and implementation from the begging to the end.

Leader competencies and character: A novel approach to leader development

Historically, executive coaching programs have focused on developing a leader’s competencies. More recently, the character of leaders has received increased attention in the media and in research literature. This can be attributed to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, which shined a spotlight on unethical decision-making by leaders in organizations. As a result, there is a growing interest in understanding leadership character. The goal of this internship is to create an evidence-based executive coaching program for developing a leader’s character.