Trainee awards

Trainee Awardees

Celebrating the achievements of Owerko Centre trainees 


Owerko Centre Training and Education Award

This award provides an opportunity for Owerko Centre graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to obtain further training in new methods and techniques that will enhance their research skills and projects.

Dr. Daniel Comaduran Marquez

Dr. Daniel Comaduran Marquez (2022)

National Centre for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NCAN) Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) workshop

Supervisor: Dr. Adam Kirton

Dr. Erin McCabe

Dr. Erin McCabe (2022)

Value-Based Healthcare Short Course

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Zwicker

Dr. Elizabeth Baker

Dr. Elizabeth Baker, PhD (2020)

Improving Child and Youth Health Outcomes Through Translational Research

Supervisor: Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens

Narae Ju

Narae Ju (2020)

Advanced Statistical Techniques for Eye-Tracking Research

Supervisor: Dr. Susan Graham

Jelena Komanchuk

Jelena Komanchuk (2020)

Training on the Simple Interactions Tool to Improve Parent-Child Interaction Assessments for Children Exposed to Early Adversity

Supervisor:  Dr. Nicole Letourneau

Dr. Gillian England-Mason

Dr. Gillian England-Mason (2020)

Advanced Statistical Training in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)

Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Dewey

Daphne Nakhid

Daphne Nakhid (2020)

Internalizing Behaviours and Iron Accumulation in Youth with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Supervisors: Dr. Catherine Lebel & Dr. Carly McMorris


Owerko Centre Graduate Scholarship Award

These are internal awards that provide stipend support to trainees currently pursuing graduate research and who do not currently hold any other competitive scholarship funding.

Lilit Antonyan

Lilit Antonyan (2022)

Genome-Wide Association Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors and Imaging Endophenotypes.

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Arnold

Richard Besney

Richard Besney (2022)

Suicidality and its Association to Cortisol Awakening Response in Youth with Autism.

Supervisor: Dr. Carly McMorris

Jeniffer Nicole Camacho Soto

Jeniffer Nicole Camacho Soto (2022)

Effectiveness of Secondary and Tertiary Prevention for Adolescent Dating Violence: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Study of Survivors' Experiences.

Supervisor: Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens

Kiran Mahadev Isapure

Kiran Mahadev Isapure (2022)

Objective evaluation of spasticity and the impacts following robotics gait training in children with Cerebral palsy.

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe

Min Jae Kim

Min Jae Kim (2022)

Gene by environment interaction study of major depressive disorder and peer victimization in a paediatric population.

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Arnold

Stefan Kurbatfinski

Stefan Kurbatfinski (2022)

Potential Moderators of the Association Between Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Preschool Children's Behavioural Problems: A Prospective Cohort Study.

Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Letourneau

Darcy Large

Darcy Large (2022)

Exploring what elementary teachers understand about the female presentation of autism.

Supervisor: Dr. Adam McCrimmon

Kirsten Neprily

Kirsten Neprily (2022)

“You've Got a Friend in Me”- Examination of Evidence-Based Social Skills Program for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Supervisor: Dr. Emma Climie

Anita Oomen

Anita Oomen (2022)

Youth expectations and experiences with psychiatric pharmacogenetic testing – A mixed methods design.

Supervisor: Dr. Chad Bousman

Mashiat Zaman

Mashiat Zaman (2022)

Investigating the mechanistic basis of Mitofusin2 variants leading to disease.

Supervisor: Dr. Timothy Shutt


Owerko Centre Trainee and Community Partnership Award

This award provides support for graduate student trainees and post-doctoral fellows to access opportunities in the community to enhance their research training by partnering with community partners, providing mutual benefits to both the trainee and community partner.

Dr. Gillian England-Mason

Dr. Gillian England-Mason (2022)

Exploring the Suitability of Adapting a Parenting Program for Indigenous Communities: A Partnership with the Miskanawah Community Service Association.

Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Dewey


Owerko Centre Knowledge Dissemination and Engagement Award

This award recognizes individuals or groups who have developed community-oriented projects that showcase The Owerko Centre’s commitment to studying neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health, in a creative and impactful way. This award encourages trainees and fellows to engage with the surrounding community and foster the broader public’s understanding of scientific research.

Shefali Rai

Shefali Rai (2021)

Project title: Co-Director of Community Engagement for Neuro Nexus 2020

Supervisor: Dr. Signe Bray

Preeti Kar

Preeti Kar (2020)

Project title: Knowledge-to-Action: Translating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Calgary

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Lebel

Dr. Nicole Racine

Dr. Nicole Racine, PhD (2020)

Project title: Study of Adversity and Resilience (SOAR) Project

Supervisors: Dr. Sheri Madigan & Dr. Suzanne Tough


Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award

This award recognizes trainees who have first authored papers focused on neurodevelopment and child mental health over a given year in an impactful and creative way.

Brae Anne McArthur

Brae Anne McArthur, PhD (2021)

Paper title: "Trajectories of screen use during early childhood: predictors and associated behavior and learning outcomes"

Supervisors: Dr. Sheri Madigan & Dr. Suzanne Tough

Sabine Soltani, PhD

Sabine Soltani, PhD (2021)

Paper title: "Attentional biases in pediatric chronic pain: An eye-tracking study assessing the nature of the bias and its relation to attentional control"

Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Noel

Dennis Dimond

Dennis Dimond (2020)

Paper title: "Reduced white matter fiber density in Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Supervisor: Dr. Signe Bray

Dr. Rochelle Hentges

Dr. Rochelle Hentges, PhD (2020)

Paper title: "Heterogeneous trajectories of delayed communicative development from 12 to 36 months: Predictors and consequences"

Supervisors: Dr. Susan Graham & Dr. Sheri Madigan