Our PhD Students

PhD Cohort 2019

Kurt Donald

Kurt Donald - PhD 2019 Cohort
  • Qualitative research
  • Humanism
  • Action research
  • Autoethnography
  • School culture and its impact on school improvement

Leila Kharazmi

Leila Kharazmi - PhD 2019 cohort
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Literature and education
  • Second language education
  • Illustration books and learning
  • Technology in education

Michelle McMartin

Michelle McMartin - PhD 2019 cohort
  • Dialogic pedagogy
  • Critical literacy
  • Building learning communities for equity and wellbeing
  • Empowering and valuing the voices of children

Deborah Michaud

Deborah Michaud - PhD 2019 cohort
  • Participatory action research
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental assets
  • Child welfare training

Christina Page

Christina Page - PhD 2019 cohort
  • Internationally-educated learners in post-secondary institutions
  • Educational experiences of refugee-background youth and adults
  • Culturally relevant pedagogies
  • Adult education
  • Critical pedagogies

 Tammy Lynn Ross

Tammy Ross - PhD 2019 Cohort
  • Qualitative research
  • Universal design
  • Indigenous worldview

 Deborah Yawney

Deborah Yawney - PhD 2019 cohort
  • Critical theory
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Food literacy
  • Sustainability 

PhD Cohort 2018

Kari Janz

PhD Student - Kari Janz
  • Student mental health
  • Guided mindfulness meditation
  • Holistic therapy
  • Psychology
  • Quantitative methodology

Derek Martin

PhD Student - Derek Martin
  • International education
  • Student mobility
  • Intercultural (communicative) competence
  • Second language education
  • Educational leadership
  • Collaborative conflict resolution and peacebuilding

Jeff Thornborrow

PhD Student - Jeff Thornborrow
  • Children's mental health
  • Attachment based education
  • Social work leadership
  • Social constructivism
  • Humanist perspective
  • Mixed methodology

Melanie Manitowabi

PhD Student - Melanie Manitowabi
  • Indigenous methodologies and its impact on profession learning
  • Critical race theory
  • Mentorship and its impact on student learning
  • Anishaabemowin and land based learning and its impact on well-being

Jessica Poff

PhD Student - Jessica Poff
  • Alternative schooling (unschooling, homeschooling, free schooling)
  • Risk-aversion and resilience
  • Critical theory

Betty Jo McCabe

PhD Student - BettyJo McCabe
  • Workplace learning
  • Leadership and change

Angie Bruce

PhD Student - Angie Bruce
  • Indigenous leadership, governance and political structures
  • Indigenous methodologies
  • Relationship dynamics and empowerment

Dina Moati

PhD Student - Dina Moati
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Adult learning
  • Faculty vitality
  • Learner-centred teaching
  • Learners as partners
  • Identities and intersectionalities
  • Universal design for learning

Allison Tucker

PhD Student - Allison Tucker
  • TBA

PhD Cohort 2017

Susan Picard

PhD Student - Picard Susan
  • Special education with a focus on gifted education
  • Perspectives on inclusion
  • Theory of positive disintegration and emotional development
  • Ecopedagogy and sustainability
  • Qualitative inquiry: appreciative and narrative

Deva Balan Moorthy

PhD Student - Moorthy Balan
  • Truth and reconciliation
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  • Social constructs of race and race relations
  • Ethics of care in school systems
  • Creating equitable learning spaces

Dany Dias

PhD Student - Dias Dany
  • Critical pedagogy/critical theory
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Critical literacy and social justice
  • Mental health issues in education
  • Qualitative research methodology

Vivian Papaiz

PhD Student - Papaiz Vivian
  • Palliative care nursing education
  • Experiential learning, reflexive learning, adult learning
  • Humanism and the ethic of care, ways of knowing
  • Nursing competencies in hospice palliative care

PhD Cohort 2016

Michael Crant

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  • Inclusive educational values and practices for non-traditional learners
  • Identity and student development
  • Universal design
  • Global and holistic education

Nicole Gardner

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  • Values-based pedagogy
  • Sustainable living
  • Self-directed, life-long learning
  • Holistic education
  • Psychology

Richard Kennelly

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  • Education leadership
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Boys achievement
  • Equity

Dave Kydd

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  • Social work education
  • Field placement in social work education
  • The intersection of class and field education
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Principles of praxis in post-secondary education

Randi Ray

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  • First Nations policies
  • First Nations governance
  • Sustainable education funding for PSE for First Nations
  • Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy

PhD Cohort 2015

Daniel Brant

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  • First Nations governance

Dr. Sandra Browne-Kealey - Graduated May 2019

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  • Mental health
  • Inclusive education
  • At-risk learners
  • Educational leadership

Erin Horvath

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  • Change-orientated leadership
  • Experiential and adventure-based teaching/learning
  • Indigenous rights and worldviews
  • Arts-based research and learning methodologies
  • Resilience and skill development in traumatized populations

Sarah Hunter

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  • Universal design for learning
  • Mindfulness and the post-secondary learner
  • Student development and post-secondary persistence

PhD Cohort 2014

Dr. Michelle Brunette - Graduated May 2018

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  • International students; cross-cultural transitions
  • Sport and physical activity as an educational tool
  • Public private partnerships; sport and education marketing
  • Leadership and cross-cultural competency skill building

Dr. Amanda Carvalho - Graduated May 2018

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  • Vocational education
  • Critical narrative research
  • Feminist epistemology

Dr. Sarah Driessens - Graduated October 2018

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  • Student engagement
  • Higher education
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Holistic education
  • Social inequality in higher education

Kathryn Ewers

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  • Nursing curriculum and evaluation models
  • Nursing preceptor education

Dr. Laurie Peachey - Graduated October 2018

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  • The use of maternal child simulation in nursing education
  • Self-efficacy and self-regulated learning
  • Maternal confidence in childbirth experiences
  • Preparation for entry-level nursing competencies

Dr. Adam Podolski - Graduated May 2018

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  • Student resiliency
  • Critical theory
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Ethnography

Dr. Sunaina Sharma - Graduated August 2018

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  • Student engagement
  • Technology use in the classroom
  • Understanding the 21st century learner
  • Experiential learning

Dr. Kerry Surman - Graduated June 2017

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  • Critical theory
  • Educational policy analysis
  • College curriculum and pedagogy
  • Critical narrative
  • Institutional ethnography

PhD Cohort 2013

Melissa Corrente

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  • Teacher attrition
  • Childhood obesity
  • Teacher education
  • Narrative inquiry

Dr. Glenn Hanna - Graduated June 2016

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  • University/college partnerships
  • Post-graduation student success
  • "Practical reason"

Dr. Brooke Haugh - Graduated May 2018

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  • Homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Early literacy
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Willed curriculum

Dr. Betty Ann Martin - Graduated June 2017

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  • Narrative
  • Holistic education
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Birth and mothering
  • Identity; depressive illness

Dr. Christine McIntosh - Graduated June 2017

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  • Healthcare education (systemic)
  • Health literacy
  • Patient-centred learning
  • Healthcare provider education
  • Patient self-management

Dr. Anna-Liisa Mottonen - Graduated May 2019

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  • Gender stereotyping
  • Gender difference in education
  • Reading and literacy
  • Mental health issues in education

Dr. Olga Shugurova - Graduated June 2017

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  • Cultural pedagogy, eco-holism, complexity
  • Indigenous education: local and global
  • Sustainability and teacher education
  • Indigenous methodologies, arts-based inquiry
  • Leadership, cultural and natural heritage, UNESCO

Dr. Lisa Taylor - Graduated May 2019

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  • Math
  • Financial literacy
  • Non-experimental research

Dr. Taunya Wideman-Johnston - Graduated June 2016

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  • Chronic illness
  • Holistic education
  • Willed curriculum
  • Resilience
  • Special education
  • Pre-service teacher education
  • Psychology

PhD Cohort 2012

Dr. Jeff Adams - Graduated May 2019

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  • Arts-based research
  • Poetic inquiry
  • Narrative inquiry

Dr. Jeremy Bisson - Graduated February 2020

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  • Ethical reasoning
  • Authentic identity
  • Narrative inquiry

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell - Graduated February 2019

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  • Living educational theory
  • Action research
  • Alternative ways of knowing, researching, and representing
  • Holistic, democratic, student-directed learning
  • Values-based pedagogy
  • Contemplative pedagogy

Dr. Lorna Carol Corzine - Graduated June 2016

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  • Narrative
  • Mental health, depression, anxiety
  • Adolescents
  • Workplace

Dr. Tara McGoey - Graduated October 2016

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  • Physical activity and cognitive development in children

Dr. Casey Phillips - Graduated December 2016

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  • Secondary traumatic stress
  • Student engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Student success
  • Self-authorship
  • Higher education
  • Mental health

Dr. Tiffany Roberts - Graduated June 2017

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  • Adolescent literacy
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Authentic assessment
  • Safe schools
  • Ethical leadership

Dr. Carmen Schlamb - Graduated June 2016

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  • Ecological identity
  • Nature-deficit disorder
  • Narrative inquiry

Erin Truswell

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  • Student success
  • Vulnerable school populations
  • Technology in schools