Trainee awards

Trainee Awardees

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

2022 - Dr. Daniel Comaduran Marquez

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


Supervisor: Dr. Adam Kirton

Dr. Erin McCabe

2022 - Dr. Erin McCabe

Value-Based Healthcare Short Course


Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Zwicker

Dr. Elizabeth Baker

2020 - Dr. Elizabeth Baker, PhD

Improving Child and Youth Health Outcomes Through Translational Research


Supervisor: Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens

Narae Ju

2020 - Narae Ju

Advanced Statistical Techniques for Eye-Tracking Research


Supervisor: Dr. Susan Graham

Jelena Komanchuk

2020 - Jelena Komanchuk

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

2020 - Dr. Gillian England-Mason

Advanced Statistical Training in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)


Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Dewey

Daphne Nakhid

2020 - Daphne Nakhid

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

2022 - Lilit Antonyan

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


Supervisor: Dr. Paul Arnold

Richard Besney

2022 - Richard Besney

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


Supervisor: Dr. Carly McMorris

Jeniffer Nicole Camacho Soto

2022 - Jeniffer Nicole Camacho Soto

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

2022 - Kiran Mahadev Isapure

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


Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe

Min Jae Kim

2022 - Min Jae Kim

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


Supervisor: Dr. Paul Arnold

Stefan Kurbatfinski

2022 - Stefan Kurbatfinski

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

2022 - Darcy Large

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


Supervisor: Dr. Adam McCrimmon

Kirsten Neprily

2022 - Kirsten Neprily

“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

2022 - Anita Oomen

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


Supervisor: Dr. Chad Bousman

Mashiat Zaman

2022 - Mashiat Zaman

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

2022 - Dr. Gillian England-Mason

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

2021 - Shefali Rai

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


Supervisor: Dr. Signe Bray

Preeti Kar

2020 - Preeti Kar

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


Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Lebel

Dr. Nicole Racine

2020 - Dr. Nicole Racine, PhD

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

2021 - Brae Anne McArthur, PhD

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

2021 - Sabine Soltani, PhD

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

2020 - Dennis Dimond

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


Supervisor: Dr. Signe Bray

Dr. Rochelle Hentges

2020 - Dr. Rochelle Hentges, PhD

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


Supervisors: Dr. Susan Graham & Dr. Sheri Madigan