Leveraging machine learning to improve trauma-related health outcomes

Severe and multiple traumas can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which causes distress and difficulty in many areas of life. Military members, veterans, and public safety personnel such as police officers, firefighters, and rescue workers are often exposed to traumatic events on-the-job (seeing natural disasters, human violence, or death). One severe subtype of PTSD is PTSD with dissociation, where the person feels as if one’s body is not their own, or as if the outside world is not real.

Technology for Assessing Neurocognitive Functioning; Validation of Mobile Cognitive Assessment Technology using fMRI

There is growing concern that COVID-19 has neuroinflammatory effects which can have acute or sustained impacts on cognition. Tablet-based games can be used to monitor cognition in medical settings but have not been validated as measures of brain function. The current project will administer a suite of tablet-based measures of cognition as images of the functioning brain are acquired using an MRI scanner.

Novel service delivery models for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way we access services in the community. Many services are now being offered online or over the phone instead of in a building. While this works for some families, families who are new to Canada, do not speak English, and don’t have access to technology may not be able to receive services during the pandemic. Children with brain-based disabilities may have difficulty with their behaviour, paying attention, and socializing with other children. This can add extra stress to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Combating loneliness at the neighbourhood level: Developing a Community Cohesion Index

With an increasing concern toward social isolation and loneliness issues in society, there is growing interest in social initiatives aiming to enhance social connectedness within communities. To make such efforts sustainable, the next step would be to evaluate their effectiveness to develop evidence-based practices. The goal of this project is to build a reliable assessment tool, named Community Cohesion Index (CCI), that measures the social cohesion between and among neighbors.

Daily Question Assessment Methodology: The Development and Validation of Industrial-Organizational Constructs and Methodologies for Business Intelligence Application

Many well-constructed, validated survey instruments in the field of industrial/organizational psychology are lengthy and complex to score and interpret. This is a significant issue as the intent of developing survey instruments is for their translation into industry practice. Short form survey instruments are becoming an increasingly common alternative for collecting data (Fisher, Matthews, & Gibbons, 2015). The objective of this research project is to create efficient survey instruments and methodologies.

CAN-BIND12: Effects of Probiotics on Symptoms of Depression (EPSD)

This study will look at changes in the heart rate variability and electroencephalogram (EEG) signals in individuals receiving gut supplementation for depression. This is to see if the vagus nerve (a major nerve connecting your brain and gut) is affected by this therapeutic, and how that results in changes in your brain. This work will provide insight into the mechanism of action for these supplements and contribute to a great understanding of major depressive disorder and possible avenues for advancement in the realm of gut microbiome targeting MDD treatments.

Pan-disability COVID-19 data leadership and coordination initiative

The Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) was created to develop and implement a comprehensive National Autism Strategy (NAS) to addresses critical gaps in funding and policies which are preventing autistic individuals and their families from exercising their equal rights as Canadians. COVID-19 has created additional challenges for families across Canada that must be taken into account as we set policies moving forward.

Rates of Change in Organizational Identification During Organizational Integration

A significant part of people’s self-concept, who and what they think about themselves and who they are, is based on the groups and organizations they consider themselves part of, including their workplace. People who identify with their workplace are more committed to and satisfied with their jobs, and are less likely to leave.

Using Big Data to Chart Workplace Learning during COVID-19

In light of disruptions caused by COVID-19, companies employing frontline workers must balance health and safety with maintaining productivity to survive and thrive in an unpredictable economic climate. This picture is complicated by the need for rapid learning in new, redeployed, and longstanding employees. How is workplace learning impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how can it be optimized as the pandemic continues to evolve?

Examining Let’s Talk Science’s Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap in evolving approaches to STEM education in a digital world

The current project aims to examine the knowledgebase of both teaching candidate (pre-service) and in-service teachers in 21st century competencies of digital literacy and computational thinking. Additionally, this project seeks to understand how these competencies may be incorporated into faculty of education training programs for teaching candidates. The intern will design, administer, and analyze surveys in partnership with the partner organization through professional development and learning opportunities for in-service teachers.

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