Research Team | Research Advisory Committee | Site Coordinators

Research Team

The research team consists of the core group of individuals running the study consisting of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Business, Public Health and Health Systems, a Midwife from the College of Midwives, and a Research Coordinator.

Derek Lobb

Derek Lobb

Dr. Lobb is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. He developed the science courses for the Ontario MEP when it began in 1993. He has since taught his Reproductive Physiology course at Ryerson University, Laurentian University, the University of Manitoba and continues to teach this course at McMaster. His observations on student retention and pilot studies provided the impetus to create our current research team.

Isik Zeytinoglu

Isik Zeytinoglu

Dr. Zeytinoglu is Professor Emeritus of Management and Industrial Relations at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. She has expertise in health human resources focusing on retention, job satisfaction, flexible employment and occupational health and safety.

Elena Neiterman

Elena Neiterman

Dr. Neiterman is a continuing lecturer at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She has expertise in health human resources, education, policy analysis, women’s health, women’s paid and unpaid work, and midwifery education and policy.

Farimah HakemZadeh

Farimah HakemZadeh

Dr. HakemZadeh is an Assistant Professor at York University in the School of Human Resource Management. She has a Ph. D in Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources from McMaster University. Her primary research interest is on Evidence-Based Management, knowledge transfer, and research-practice gap. She is focused on both theoretical development and empirical studies that look into evidence-quality, dissemination, and implementation of evidence in decisions, managerial practices, and policies. She is currently researching these topics in two empirical settings: health human resources and education.

Johanna Geraci

Johanna Geraci

Johanna Geraci is a registered midwife with the College of Midwives of Ontario and a graduate of the McMaster Midwifery Education Programme. She has provided midwifery care and clinical mentorship in Canada and overseas. Johanna has a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology and has conducted research on the delivery of prenatal care in Nunavut and the delivery of an adult education curriculum. She currently works at the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Jennifer Plenderleith

Jenn Plenderleith is the Research Coordinator on this project. She has over 15 years experience coordinating research with a variety of populations including: older adults, physicians, nurses, PSWs, cardiac rehabilitation patients just to name a few. Jenn has a Master’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology; specializing in Health and Exercise Psychology. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Associate.

Research Advisory Committee

The RAC is invaluable, with their vast knowledge of the midwifery field they assist in many facets of the project; including designing, recruitment, conducting and evaluation of the study.

Natalie Beauchamp

Position: Midwife
Organization: Briar Hill Midwives
Province: Alberta

Barbara Borland

Position: President & Midwife
Organization: College of Midwives of Ontario & Midwives of Muskoka
Province: Ontario

Dr. Ivy Bourgeault

Position: CIHR/Health Canada Research Chair in Health Human Resource Policy and Scientific Director of the Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network Organization: University of Ottawa
Province: Ontario

Naomi Brooks

Position: Locum, Maternal & Newborn Services
Organization: Rankin Inlet Birthing Centre
Province: Nunavut /Also a Registered Midwife in ON

Eby Heller

Position: Communications Coordinator
Organization: Canadian Association of Midwives
Province: Alberta

Dr. Karyn Kaufman

Position: Professor Emeritus
Organization: Midwifery Education Program, McMaster University
Province: Ontario

Melissa Langlais

Position: Midwife
Organization: Fredericton Midwifery Centre
Province: New Brunswick

Lorna McRae

Position: Midwife
Organization: Access Midwifery
Province: British Columbia

Caroline Paquet

Position: Professor
Organization: UQTR
Province: Quebec

Tracy Murphy

Position: Executive Director
Organization: Canadian Midwifery Regulators Council
Province: Ontario

Kellie Thiessen

Position: Assistant Professor and Director Midwifery Program
Organization: College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences and University of Manitoba
Province: Manitoba

Rhea Wilson

Position: Midwife
Organization: Burlington & Area Midwives Inc
Province: Ontario

Site Coordinators

A HUGE thank you to the site coordinators for their support over the past year!!  We appreciate all of your time and assistance to this project.

There are 6 (previously 7) Midwifery Programs across Canada, all of which are supportive of this study. At each University we have site coordinators who assist with the recruitment efforts of midwifery students. The student survey would not be feasible without their dedication and assistance.

  • Laurentian University: Lisa Morgan
  • McMaster University: Patty McNiven
  • Ryerson University: Karline Wilson-Mitchell
  • Mount Royal University: Deepali Upadhyaya
  • University of Manitoba: Kellie Thiessen
  • University of British Columbia: Kim Campbell
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières: Caroline Paquet


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