Research Nova Scotia is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020/2021 Scotia Scholars Doctoral Awards. 

The Scotia Scholars Awards were created to provide financial support to research trainees with exceptional potential who are engaged in health research at participating Nova Scotia institutions.

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.

Please join us in congratulating the following recipients:   

Doctoral Recipients: 14
Total Funding: 366,500

Dalhousie University

T-Jay Anderson
Clinical Psychology

Project: The EEG-Indexed Auditory Mismatch Negativity as a Biomarker to Predict Psychosis Onset

Supervisor: Derek Fisher

Yvonne Brandelli
Clinical Psychology

Project: Pain Hypersensitivity in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Supervisor: Christine Chambers

Aleksandra Budarick

Project: Informing Physical Activity Guidelines for Knee Osteoarthritis

Supervisor: Rebecca Moyer

Christopher DeWolfe
Clinical Psychology

Project: Understanding the Relationship Between Anxiety Sensitivity, Catastrophizing, and Physical Activity: A Think-Aloud and Intervention Study

Supervisor: Sherry Stewart

Amal El Nabbout

Project: Discovering the Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing the Overwintering Success of Ixodes Scapularis Ticks in Nova Scotia

Supervisor: Shelley Adamo

Ryan Herbison
Doctor of Philosophy

Project: Uncovering the Proximate Mechanisms that the Parasitoid Wasp Cotesia Congregata Uses to Change the Physiology of Tobacco Hornworm Manduca Sexta

Supervisor: Shelley Adamo

Gabriella Luongo

Project: The Cost of Healthy Eating: Investigating Diet Cost and Dietary Quality in Canada

Supervisor: Catherine Mah

Lydia Muyingo
Clinical Psychology

Project: Acculturative Stress and International Student Alcohol Use

Supervisors: Sherry Stewart and Simon Sherry

Victoria Patterson
Clinical Psychology

Project: Prolonged Exposure Psychotherapy for Adverse Events in Early Phase Psychosis with Comorbid Substance Misuse

Supervisors: Alissa Pencer and Philip Tibbo

Meghan Rossi
Clinical Psychology

Project: Implicit Sexual Beliefs and the Trajectories of Sexual Well-Being Among Couples Undergoing Fertility Treatment

Supervisor: Natalie Rosen

Kaitlin Sibbald

Project: Breaking the Silence: Navigating Mental Illness through Passing and Covering in the Health Professional Culture of Non-Disclosure

Supervisor: Brenda Beagan

Madalynn Thompson
Biomedical Engineering

Project: A Novel Biomaterial Platform for Patient-Specific Modelling of Alzheimer’s Disease

Supervisor: John Frampton

Helen Wong

Project: The FARE (Food Acquisition Research on Eating) Project: Tracking What We Eat, from Basket to Belly

Supervisor: Catherine Mah

Saint Mary's University

Rhea Stronach
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Project: The Impacts of Subordinate Incivility on Male and Female Leader Wellbeing: A Multi-Method Investigation

Supervisor: Camilla Holmvall