Trainees & Emerging Investigators

Best wishes to “graduated” PreVAiL trainees Camille Burnett, Sara Crann, Natalia Diaz-Granados, Orion Garland, Kat Kolar, Jen MacGregor, Anita Morris, Pamela Ponic, Cody Shepherd, Shannon Sibbald and Rae Spivak, who have completed their studies and moved to new endeavours. Danielle Davidov,  Andrea Gonzalez  and Melissa Kimber are still with PreVAiL, now as co-investigators.

Leslie Roos

Leslie Roos headshotRoom PZ 482B, Psych Health
771 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB,
R3E 3N4

Leslie Roos received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Brown University in May 2010. Since then, she has been working with Drs. Tracie Afifi and Jitender Sareen in the Traumatic Stress Lab at the University of Manitoba. Here, she developed a strong interest in understanding how adverse childhood experiences (specifically maltreatment) affect development and outcomes later in life. Her work in this area includes a project to be presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) investigating if Axis I and II disorders mediate the link between childhood adversity and future homelessness in a nationally representative sample (the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions). She is also retrospectively examining how a history in foster care relates to baseline data the the At Home/Chez Soi mental health and homelessness project. This project investigates how homeless individuals with and without a history ‘in care’ differ in regards to mental and physical health conditions, traumatic experiences, education, and quality of life. In September 2011, Leslie will begin her MA/PhD program at the University of Oregon in clinical psychology under Dr. Phil Fisher. While pursuing her PhD, she plans to research how specific neurocognitive pathways (relating to the HPA axis and inhibition) are altered in adolescents with a childhood history of maltreatment.

Masako Tanaka

Masako Tanaka headshotDepartment of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON, L8S4K1

Masako Tanaka is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She has a background in psychology and sociology and received her Ph.D. in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her research focuses on public health approach to violence prevention and promoting health and wellbeing of children and their families. Her current activities aim for improving data collection for the national estimates of family violence, as well as improving response to and reducing intimate partner violence in Japan, and identifying ways to promote resilience of youth across settings. She continues to be involved with projects to develop global violence prevention research priorities on behalf of the WHO’s Violence Prevention Alliance.