The Scotia Scholars Award provides financial support to research trainees with exceptional potential who are engaged in health research at participating Nova Scotia institutions.  This award will support the growth, acquisition, and retention of highly skilled individuals who are advancing and translating knowledge in disease detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, strengthening health care delivery systems, caring for vulnerable populations, and promoting better opportunities for future health and wellbeing.  Funding for this award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

Doctoral / Master’s / Undergraduate

$784,500

Funding

45

Students

7

Institutions

Doctoral Award

The value and duration of the Scotia Scholars Doctoral Award is up to $15,000 per year, renewable for 3 years. Funds were allocated to Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University. The number of awards issued were determined by each university.


Dalhousie University


Charlotte Aelick
Clinical Psychology
Project: Risk Factors and Barriers to Successful Reintegration of Indigenous People in Contact with the Canadian Justice System
Supervisor: Dr. Julie Blais
Amount: $60,000


Christine Ausman
Health
Project: Optimizing patient experience for stroke survivors in a fNIRS neurofeedback intervention with Therapeutic Recreation strategies
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Neyedli
Amount: $60,000.00


Joel Bierer
Medical Research
Project: Inflammation and Ultrafiltration: Enhancing Recovery after Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Supervisor: Dr. Jean Marshall
Amount: $60,000.00


Theresa Gaughan
Health
Project: Probing the nature of motor imagery-based learning for rehabilitation: A brain and behaviour perspective.
Supervisor: Dr. Shaun Boe
Amount: $29,000.00


Taylor Hill
Experimental psychology
Project: Time well spent: Promoting mental health in everyday life
Supervisor: Dr. Sean Mackinnon
Amount: $45,000.00


Ryan Lukic
Health
Project: Changes in alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic and potential population impacts on prevalence of future alcohol related illness
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Mah
Amount: $45,000.00


Dylan Miller
Psychology & Neuroscience
Project: Parasite manipulation of blood metabolite levels to suppress host feeding behaviour
Supervisor: Dr. Shelley Adamo
Amount: $5,000.00


Marie-Claire Wasson
Pathology
Project: Investigation the molecular mechanisms of oncogenic long non-coding RNAs associated with breast cancer stem cells
Supervisor: Dr. Paola Marcato
Amount: $60,000.00


Saint Mary's University

Gregory Anderson
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Project: Can empathy coaching reduce medical residents’ levels of burnout, job dissatisfaction and turnover intentions over the course of their residency period? A longitudinal study.
Supervisor: Dr. Debra Gilin
Amount: $15,000.00


Seyedehsan Etezad
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Project: Developing an Intervention to Prevent Physician Burnout Post COVID-19 Pandemic
Supervisor: Dr. Debra Gilin
Amount: $15,000.00


Master’s Award

The value and duration of the Scotia Scholars Master’s Award is up to $10,000 per year, renewable for 1 year. Funds were allocated to Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and Saint Mary’s University. The number of awards issued were determined by each university.

Acadia University

Olivia Cleary
Clinical Psychology
Project: Memory of parent reaction to coming out as LGBTQ+ across decades: Association to mental health, internalized homophobia, and relationship closeness
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Holmberg
Amount: $10,000.00


Noémie Bergeron-Germain
Clinical Psychology
Project: Understanding spatial neglect recovery: An exploration of neural markers of prism adaptation in neurotypical and neurodivergent cohorts.
Supervisors: Dr. Anne-Sophie Champod
Amount: $12,500.00


Courtney Gosselin
Clinical Psychology
Project: Does self-compassion buffer against PDA-related vigilance in predicting positive sexual minority identity and well-being?
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Holmberg
Amount: $2,500.00


Taylor McAulay
Clinical Psychology
Project:The Role of Attachment Styles in Technology-Based Addictions
Supervisor: Dr. Doug Symons
Amount: $2,500.00


Rhonda McInnis
Clinical Psychology
Project: Examining the Role of Femmephobia as a Situational Risk Factor in Intimate Partner Violence
Supervisor: Dr. Kathryn Bell
Amount: $10,000.00


Taylor Swanburg
Biology
Project: Detecting the spread of invasive mosquitoes and disease potential in Nova Scotia
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Kirk Hillier
Amount: $10,000.00

Atlantic School of Theology

Dawn-Lea Greer
Divinity
Project: Spiritual Care is not just for Christians.  Working collaboratively to increase the health of the Community in the Western Zone with Spiritual care
Supervisor: Dr. Jody Clarke
Amount: $10,000.00

Dalhousie University

Brett Allen
Physiology & Biophysics
Project: VPAC receptors as potential targets to treat Cystic Fibrosis lung disease
Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Chappe
Amount: $20,000.00


Hudson Barr
Physiotherapy
Project: Evaluating the Validity of Motor Simulation Theory and Mechanisms of Motor Imagery
Supervisor: Dr. Shaun Boe
Amount: $20,000.00


Alireza Ghasemi Ghodrat
Process Engineering and Applied Science
Project: Textile Embedded Vital Health Signs Monitor
Supervisor: Dr. Ghada Koleilat
Amount: $10,000.00


Shannen Grandy
Microbiology and Immunology
Project: Establishment of long-term Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm on human epithelial cell culture to study host stress and inflammatory responses during chronic infection
Supervisor: Dr. Zhenyu Cheng
Amount: $10,000.00


Theresa Gu
Biomedical Engineering
Project: An angled Ultrasound Endoscope for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Supervisor: Dr. Jeremy Brown
Amount: $20,000.00


Melina Markotjohn
Audiology
Project: Vestigial Orienting in Speech Perception
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Aiken
Amount: $10,000.00


Chelsey McGean
Chemistry
Project: Nanoparticles and Their Application in Drug Delivery and Bacterial Infections
Supervisor: Dr. Peng Zhang
Amount: $20,000.00


Emily Napier
Computer Science
Project: Machine Learning Approach to Analysis of Gait in Parkinson’s Patients
Supervisor: Dr. Sageev Oore
Amount: $10,000.00


Courtney O’Brien
Biomedical Engineering
Project: Development of a semi-synthetic composite hydrogel to model normal as well as chronically infected mucous-microbe-epithelium niches
Supervisor: Dr. Brendan Leung
Amount: $10,000.00


Sarah Scruton
Epidemiology and Applied Health Research
Project: Investigating variations in survival rates for women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in Nova Scotia
Supervisor: Dr. Robin Urquhart
Amount: $10,000.00


Ruth Shelton
Psychiatry Research
Project: The Impact of Childhood Adversity on Anxiety Disorders in People with Mood Disorders
Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Pavlova
Amount: $10,000.00


Temi Toba-Oluboka
Psychiatry Research
Project: Assessing Clozapine Eligibility in Schizophrenia
Supervisor: Dr. Phil Tibbo
Amount: $20,000.00


Jessica Vickery
Epidemiology and Applied Health Research
Project: Investigating How the Type and Magnitude of Needs Post-Treatmeant Impact Health Care Utilization in Cancer Survivors
Supervisor: Dr. Robin Urquhart
Amount: $10,000.00


Guoqing Yu
Leisure Studies
Project: Leisure recording and savoring as a stress survival strategy
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Hutchinson
Amount: $20,000.00


Mount Saint Vincent University

Allison Britten
School Psychology
Project: How are the Students Doing? An Investigation of Nova Scotian Youth Mental Well-Being
Supervisor: Dr. Krista Ritchie
Amount: $10,000.00


Alexandra Bromley
Applied Human Nutrition
Project: Exploring social justice advocacy in Nova Scotian physicians
Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Brady
Amount: $11,333.33


Laura Gosine
Applied Human Nutrition
Project: Exploring renal nutrition intervention effectiveness in addressing nutritional diagnoses in the behavioural and environmental domain: Striking a balance between clinical outcomes and social determinants of health
Supervisors: Dr. Shannan Grant and Dr. Patty Williams
Amount: $18,833.33


Tongtong Li
Applied Human Nutrition
Project: Sensory Evaluation of Foods Formulated with Seaweeds and Their Effect on Satiety and Food Intake
Supervisor: Dr. Bohdan Luhovyy
Amount: $10,000.00


Rachel Waugh
Applied Human Nutrition
Project: Exploring Weight-focused Evidence Implementation in Dietetic Practice: A National Survey
Supervisor: Dr. Shannan Grant
Amount: $18,833.33


NSCAD University

Amanda Trager
Art Education
Project: BE \ LONGING \ SONG
Supervisor: Dr. April Mandrona
Amount: $20,000.00

Saint Mary's University


Desiree Elchuk
Applied Psychology (Forensic Stream)
Project: Understanding Young Friends in an Online Sample of Individuals with Sexual Interest in Children
Supervisor: Dr. Skye Stephens
Amount: $2,500.00


Elizabeth Gerhardt
Forensic Psychology
Project: Examining Public Perceptions of Mental Health Interventions (Wellness checks) in Nova Scotia
Supervisor: Dr. Meg Ternes
Amount: $6,800.00


Claire Keenan
Applied Psychology (Forensic Stream)
Project: Expectations and Perceptions of Access to Justice from Nova Scotian Justice Involved Women
Supervisor: Dr. Marc Patry
Amount: $6,800.00


Theodore (Ted) Lownie
Applied Science
Project: Investigating collagen fibril buckling resistance with age and in vivo loading
Supervisor: Dr. Samuel Veres
Amount: $6,800.00


Hannah Markham
Applied Health Services Research
Project: Investigating Workplace Trauma in Nova Scotian Nurses
Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Kelloway
Amount: $6,800.00


Jennifer McArthur
Applied Psychology (Forensic Stream)
Project: Cyber dating abuse victimization and the predictors of help seeking behaviors
Supervisor: Dr. Marguerite Ternes
Amount: $6,800.00


Samantha Williams
Applied Psychology (Forensic Stream)
Project: Examining the relationship of psychopathy and indiscriminate arousal in victim-age polymorphic sexual offenders
Supervisor: Dr. Skye Stephens
Amount: $2,500.00


Undergraduate Award

The remaining undergraduate Scotia Scholars Award competitions for the 2021/22 year will be held later this fall.

University of King's College

Samuel Goldberg
History of Science & Technology and Philosophy
Project: Humanities in Hospital Healthcare: A Study of Books by Heart
Supervisor: Dr. Gordon McOuat
Amount: $5000.00