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Research Services Team

Barry Strack

Regional Director of Research Services
Barry leads a talented team of research and administrative professionals dedicated to supporting Horizon's research community. In addition, he is responsible for managing all research-related activities in the Saint John Regional Hospital. Before joining Horizon, Barry lived in Toronto, Ontario, where he held several management positions in the pharmaceutical industry with companies running clinical trials throughout North America, Europe and China. In addition, he held the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Quality Assurance Journal, a John Wiley publication dedicated to continuous quality improvement in the pharmaceutical and biosciences industries. Educated at the University of Toronto, Barry holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Forestry Science.

Katie Holden

Administrative Assistant
Katie manages all administrative duties for the Research Office at the Saint John Regional Hospital. A native to New Brunswick, she has been employed by Horizon Health Network for 7 years. Before joining Research Services, she worked at the New Brunswick Heart Centre. Katie studied at CompuCollege in Saint John, where she received a high honour diploma for Medical Office Assistant in 2005.

Jacquelyn Legere

HRPP Director
Jacquelyn is responsible for the regional regulatory compliance program for the conduct of clinical trials. She has built her career in various roles throughout Horizon Health Network where she began as a staff nurse with the internal medicine program in 1989. Her adventure into the research world began with clinical trials began in 1995 as a clinical trials nurse and evolved into a position in Research Ethics held until 2013. Jacquelyn received her diploma in nursing in 1988 from the Saint John School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Nursing degree from UNBSJ in 2011.

Bryn Robinson

Research Engagement Manager
Bryn supports the development of research and patient engagement initiatives, education and training, and inter-institutional collaborations. She received a BA honours degree in psychology and major in French, and her PhD in experimental and applied psychology at the University of New Brunswick. Her doctoral work involved researching the impacts of parental relationships on emerging adults' mental health. Currently, Bryn also sits as an Honorary Research Associate with the Department of Psychology at UNB Saint John. Prior to joining Horizon, she was the clinical research manager for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, and a senior policy analyst conducting strategic planning research with WorkSafeNB, as well as the vice-president of the Canadian Mental Health Association's Saint John Branch.

Donaldo Canales

Methodologist
Donaldo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Saskatchewan), a Master of Arts degree (University of New Brunswick), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Experimental/Applied Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. His expertise is in forensic psychology, and has conducted research related to offender risk assessment, recidivism prediction, mental health and offending, mental health courts, psychopathy, and police psychology. Donaldo is a stipend instructor at the University of New Brunswick Psychology Department, and has taught courses related to behaviour modification, dementia, criminal behaviour, and statistics.

Andrew Flewelling

Research Project Facilitator
Andrew supports all the various learners within Horizon, students and residents alike, in their research endeavours. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, Master of Science and PhD from the University of New Brunswick with a focus in natural products research and was a recipient of the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship for Doctoral studies. Prior to joining Research Services, Andrew completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary investigating antimicrobial drug leads from the human microbiome and was a recipient of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research has been published in a range of biology and chemistry journals and has been presented at national and international conferences.

Teresa Yeomans

Research Services Clerk - Saint John
Teresa is responsible for administrating the financial and accounting details of all Clinical Trials and Applied Health studies within the Zone. Before joining the Research Team, Teresa worked as a Patient Service worker for St. Joseph's Hospital OR. She then furthered her education and received a Diploma for a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. After her training at SJH, Teresa worked for 3 years in the SJRH OR Sterilization Department. Born in Saint John, Teresa also studied at Modern Business College where she graduated with a Secretarial Diploma.

Natasha Hanson

SOAR Research Manager
As part of the SOAR program support, Natasha provides writing support and consultation regarding research documents, funding submissions, and results publications. She also provides qualitative research support. Natasha worked previously as a Research Grants Assistant at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, as well as a private qualitative research consultant. She is originally from New Brunswick, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from St. Thomas University. Natasha obtained her Master's degree from Carleton University, her PhD in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Tracy Freeze

SOAR Research Methodologist
As SOAR Research Methodologist, Tracy provides statistical and methodological support. Previously, as Associate Professor of Psychology at Crandall University, Tracy taught a variety of courses including advanced research methods, health psychology, and psychological tests and measurement. Tracy has conducted research on offender recidivism, and, more recently, her research focused on attachment, religion/spirituality, and well-being. In her role at Crandall University, Tracy was recognized for excellence in teaching and service, and was awarded two internal research grants. Tracy holds a BA honours in psychology (UNB), and both an MA and PhD in experimental and applied psychology (UNB).

Leanne Skerry

SOAR Research Coordinator
Leanne coordinates the recruitment, scheduling, and implementation of research activities and procedures for research participants, as part of the SOAR program. She monitors the collection, processing and recording of research data and communicates results to the research team. Leanne worked previously as both a Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology-Psychology and a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology at the University of New Brunswick.

Samantha Fowler

Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) Clinical Research Manager
Samantha completed her Masters' degree in Experimental Psychology (UNB '17), where she studied psychosocial predictors of life satisfaction, including: personality, coping styles, perfectionism, body image, and peer relationships. A successful SSHRC fellowship recipient, she has experience presenting at national and international conferences, and possesses a strong background in research methodology and data analysis. As well, she has experience providing services in patient-oriented settings (such as the John Howard Society and Centracare).

Lauren McLaughlin

Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) Clinical Research Assistant
Lauren has a Bachelors' degree in psychology (UNB '15) and impressive experience applying those skills in the business world. Most recently, she has served as the Atlantic Canada Relationship Manager for Corey Nutrition, where she oversaw 90+ clients in 4 provinces and doubled sales in her time there. She was also key to the planning of such events as Area 506. Her creativity and relationship skills will be critical to truly developing a patient-oriented research culture, especially with respect to patient engagement and knowledge translation for Horizon.

Sarah Bridges

MSSU Clinical Research Assistant
Sarah holds a diploma of Massage Therapy, as well as a BSc in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Applied Health Services Research from the University of New Brunswick, where she analyzed the availability and distribution of rehabilitation-focused physical activity programs in Saint John. As a successful Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship recipient, Sarah presented her graduate research at local and national conferences. During her master’s, she also completed a research residency with the New Brunswick Heart Centre gaining experience in data collection and analysis in clinical settings. As a research assistant for the MSSU, Sarah will be supporting patient-oriented research initiatives through planning, development, and implementation.

Dominique Richard

Manager of Research Services - Moncton
In addition to being the primary liaison with local universities, Dominique supports research studies undertaken at The Moncton Hospital. She also plays a key role in supporting the Research Office's communications initiatives. Prior to joining Horizon, Dominique held various teaching positions, including clinical teaching at the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick and as a content expert with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour of New Brunswick. She also spent four years working as a research associate with the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute. A native of Moncton, Dominique holds a BSc Honours degree in Biology from Acadia University and a PhD from McGill University, where she specialized in neuroscience.

Emily Gautreau

Administrative Support and Research Clerk, Moncton
Emily is responsible for the administrative duties for the Research Office in Moncton. Emily is also responsible for administrating the financial aspects of all Clinical Trials and Applied Health studies within the Zone. Emily started working with us right after she obtained a B.Sc. in Biology from Mount Allison University. She is currently continuing her education through Dalhousie University in hopes to eventually obtain a Masters in Health Administration.

Stella Park

Research Coordinator, Fredericton
Based in Fredericton at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Stella is dedicated to serving and providing support for the local Horizon Health Network research community. Before joining Horizon, Stella built hands-on experience and knowledge of coordinating and managing phase I through III clinical trials; she worked several years for a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in Toronto, and for a clinical trials office at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). Stella holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in biology from Queen's University, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Research and Development (R&D) Technology.

Matthew Douglas

MSSU Clinical Research Assistant
Matt completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with First Class Honours (UNB ’21) where he defended his thesis, genetically analyzing toxin-producing cyanobacteria with dangerous public health implications. As a Horizon employee, Matt has managed cardiac data and investigated surgical wait-times at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He also explored prevention strategies for Alzheimer’s disease in New Brunswick seniors, and examined patient navigation support for people with dementia at the Centre for Research in Integrated Care. This broad combination of health research experience has strengthened his skills in data management, stakeholder engagement, and report writing, among others.

Morgan Nesbitt

SOAR Research Assistant
As a SOAR Research Assistant Morgan coordinates with the research team to facilitate collection and analysis of data. Morgan worked previously as a Research and Teaching Assistant with the University of New Brunswick where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology-Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology.
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