Dr. Simon Hatcher

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

Valerie Testa is the Clinical Research Program Manager for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where she is primarily involved with suicide prevention research. She is engaged in promoting collaborative opportunities across the 14 affiliated hospitals and Research Institutes, as well as municipal organizations in Ottawa to create a system whereby clinicians are encouraged to work across silos and establish links with various research organizations and institutions. . She also has experience managing numerous multicenter randomized controlled trials. Valerie Testa is a co-Chair of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Ottawa Chapter and is a member of the Women’s Executive Network.

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. Prior to entering into clinical research, she obtained her Bachelor of Education and is a current member of the Ontario College of Teachers. 

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 coordinating 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

Research Assistant, University of Ottawa

Anna Rogic is a Research Assistant for the University of Ottawa. She is currently working on the Coroner Records review study. 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.