Minds in Motion: Evaluating Impacts and Guiding Progress

The Minds in Motion Initiative (MIMI) is a community-based project run by Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health, Inc. This initiative has three main goals: to assist mental health consumers in the recovery process by providing access to physical health activities, to raise awareness in the community at large about mental health issues, and to provide a unique walking race experience for athletes and amateurs alike. The study will evaluate the impacts of this project on well-being through the collection and analysis of both numerical and narrative data from key participants in MIMI.

Emotion Regulation & Executive Functions in Adolescents Practicing Martial Arts

The intern will play an integral role in the completion of a pilot treatment study to explore the feasibility and sensitivity of neurobiological measures to explore brain-based changes in emotion regulation and executive functions (e.g., impulse control) associated with participation in Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA). MMA is a treatment program developed at Integra that integrates evidence-based mental health therapy into the milieu of martial arts training. The intern will develop skills in EEG and ECG administration and data analysis.

Brunel Employment Study

Outsourcing of product research and development has been a growing trend in the pharmaceutical industry over the last decade. Allegorical evidence garnered from interactions with clinical research professionals indicate that employees of outsourced firms tend to have lower job satisfaction, morale, and commitment to their jobs than their counterparts working in innovative pharmaceutical companies. This study aims to examine whether job satisfaction can be correlated with the model of employment in clinical research professionals.

Investigating intercultural skills development and needs assessment of medium and large businesses in Ontario

This project investigates barriers, facilitators, and experiences related to intercultural skills development training and implementation in the workplace. The project involves the examination of current theories and practices of intercultural skills development, as well as industry partners’ perceptions and experiences of diversity in the workplace and intercultural skills training. The research intends to determine how behavior and attitudes toward diversity in the workplace can become more open and inclusive.

Capturing expert model in crisis management using SYnRGY

SYnRGY is a computational tool designed to support command and control operations in the context of crisis management. Although SYnRGY has been designed from a user-centered perspective, some degree of training is required to bring novice users up to a level of competence required to use the system. The objective of the current proposal is to capture the expert model of crisis management and design a prototype intelligent tutoring system based on that model. The objective will be achieved in three phases. The purpose of the first phase is to develop a realistic crisis management scenario.

Attention and executive function training in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many children with ASD experience significant difficulties with attention and executive function. This research will investigate the effects of a direct attention and executive function training intervention in children ages 6 to 12 with ASD (high functioning). Research has shown that it is possible to improve attention and executive functioning in children with various neuropathologies. Participants will complete pre and post testing of their attention, executive function, social, academic, and behavioral functioning.

Evidence-based product support and the cultivation of a community of learners

While consumers adopt technological solutions based on their perceived usefulness, continued use of those products often depends on the support customers receive as they initially use the product, and when they run into problems or complex uses. Traditional support models (e.g., call centres) are often costly and only somewhat effective.

Polytomous item response theory models in the creation of a personality computer adaptive test

The goal of the current proposal is to use Classical Test Theory and polytomous Item Response Theory models in order to revise a personality-based assessment and create a computer adaptive test of personality for the partner organization and to make recommendations for future personality researchers. The intern will plan and conduct a validation study using 1200 subjects.

Continuity of care in children’s mental health: Finalizing a new measure

In Senator Kirby’s 2006 report, Out of the Shadows at Last, children’s mental health was labeled the “orphan’s orphan” of Canada’s health care system. For over two decades, the systems-of-care philosophy in children’s mental health has recognized the need to respond to a fragmented service system through greater integration and coordination. Continuity of care, which is how a patient experiences care over time as coherent and linked, has been identified as an indicator of health system performance and is considered an ethical principle of care.