Dr. Simon Hatcher

Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa
Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

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Dr. Simon Hatcher is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa having moved there from Auckland in May 2012. He worked for 18 years in Auckland, New Zealand as a Clinical Academic running a Liaison Psychiatry Program in a general hospital and at the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He provided the clinical input into the Sir John Kirwan Journal program (www.depression.org.nz). Clinically he works in the downtown community homeless shelters through the Royal Ottawa Hospital's Psychiatric Outreach Program and in Liaison Psychiatry at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus. He is affiliated with the Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), the Institut de Recherche de l'Hôpital Montfort (IRHM), the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), and the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI).

His research interests include:  clinical trials of mental health treatments in under served populations, suicide prevention, self-harm, suicide prevention strategies, e-therapies, non-pharmacological interventions in individuals who present to hospital with intentional self-harm, mental health of vulnerable groups including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and homeless populations; psychotherapies, and psychiatry in general hospital settings.


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Valerie Testa

Clinical Research Program Manager, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Valerie Testa is the Clinical Research Program Manager in the Hatching Ideas Lab at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Clinical Epidemiology Program. She is responsible for fostering and establishing partnerships with research organizations, institutions and government sectors at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels to conduct research in the areas of: digital health technologies; suicide prevention in high-risk and underserved populations; intentional self-harm; first responder mental health; PTSD; patient engagement and patient-oriented research; and health systems research. Valerie Testa is also a co-Chair of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Ottawa Chapter and is a current member of the Women’s Executive Network and the Ontario College of Teachers.

During her tenure as Clinical Research Program Manager and Research Manager for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa from 2014 to 2017, she worked closely with Dr. Simon Hatcher, Vice-Chair of Research, to facilitate all levels of research across the Department of Psychiatry's 14 affiliated hospitals and Research Institutes to create multidisciplinary collaborative research and opportunities to increase the research profile of the Department and decrease silos across all stakeholders. Prior to her position at the Department of Psychiatry, Valerie Testa worked at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as a Clinical Research Coordinator on several large randomized controlled drug trials for smoking cessation. 

Her research interests include: suicide prevention, intentional self-harm, first responder mental health, PTSD, e-therapies, mental health technology, wait list reduction strategies and increasing access to care, smoking cessation, mental health of vulnerable populations and traumatic brain injury.  

  


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Sarah MacLean

Clinical Research Coordinator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Sarah MacLean is the Research Coordinator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is currently managing the Beacon Suicide Prevention in Men cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT), which seeks to assess the effectiveness of smartphone-assisted problem-solving therapy in men who present to Emergency Departments across Ontario with intentional self-harm. She has a Master of Arts degree in Criminology and has worked with the Suicide Prevention Research team since early 2015. 

Her research interests include: suicide prevention, increasing access to mental health treatment, innovative mental health treatment, research methodology, mental health of vulnerable groups including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, traumatic brain injury, women's health, and violence against women.


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Anna Rogic

Clinical Research Coordinator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Anna Rogic is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is currently working on the Coroner Records review study, and is coordinating the BEACON Suicide Prevention in Men cluster randomized controlled trial. She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University, and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature.

Her research interests include: suicide prevention, depression, intimate relationships, sexual health, aggressive/violent behavior and risk assessment


Nicole Dunn

Clinical Research Assistant II, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Nicole Dunn is a Clinical Research Assistant II currently working on the BEACON Suicide Prevention in Men cluster randomized controlled trial. This study seeks to assess the effectiveness of a smartphone-assisted problem-solving therapy in men who present to Emergency Departments across Ontario with intentional self-harm.

Prior to her position at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Nicole has worked as a Research Assistant on a community-based participatory action study aimed at integrating survivors of political oppression and torture into higher education. She is currently completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa and is invested in applying an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in all her pursuits.

Her research interests include: suicide prevention, intentional self-harm, access to mental health services and education, social inclusion, resilience, and supporting diverse populations (LGBTQ, non-status citizens, vulnerably housed, survivors of sexual violence/political oppression/torture).


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Craig MacKie

Clinical Research Assistant II, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Craig MacKie has been a health services researcher for nine years. He has worked at hospitals and research centres across Canada, including The Royal Victoria hospital in Montreal, The Ottawa Hospital, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He currently directs social media and performs qualitative interviews for The Beacon Suicide Prevention in Men study. In his spare time Craig reads, writes and translates speculative fiction.

His Research Interests Include: medical smartphone applications, pragmatic innovation, hospital systems, qualitative methodology, statistical methodology, information systems, and patient-oriented research.


Dr. Jennifer Palmer

Senior Resident in Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

Dr. Jennifer Palmer is a fourth year resident in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.  She is currently participating in the Coroner Review study, with particular focus on hangings with the goal of evaluating preventive options in the community.  She completed her medical degree at McGill University, as well as bachelor’s degrees in science (honour’s thesis on visual saccades), and music.  Prior to coming to the lab, she worked in research at McGill, including as Axis Delegate for the Mental Illness and Addictions Research Axis, and as Research Assistant with Dr. Chawki Benkelfat and in Dr. Daniel Levitin's Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise.

Her research interests include: alternative modalities in mental health treatment, underserved populations, and multidisciplinary approaches to mental health.