The APEAL Lab is interested in applications for two students interested in an MSc in Epidemiology starting in September, 2023.
Project #1: Interested in research about the mental health of gay men? Almost 2,000 gay men across Ontario completed a survey in 2015 that included questions about symptoms of depression and anxiety, substance use, history of abuse, risky sexual behaviours, and disclosure of sexual orientation. The student would be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Colman, director of the APEAL Lab, and Dr. Paul MacPherson, an infectious disease physician at the Ottawa Hospital who developed and administered the survey. Sexual minorities are encouraged to apply!
Project #2: Prevention in mental health is currently in its early stages, with increasing randomized controlled trials testing treatments to prevent mental disorders, but lack of data from the real world. Despite the lack of evidence, psychosis prevention services are widely implemented globally. We plan to develop a research line using evidence synthesis methods and simulated data to explore the benefit-risk ratio and health economics of services designed for the prevention of mental disorders. The student would be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Colman, director of the APEAL Lab, and Dr. Marco Solmi, a psychiatrist and epidemiologist at the Ottawa Hospital.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ian Colman at email@example.com, and send copies of their CV, transcripts (unofficial is fine), and a sample of their writing. Please also indicate if you have a preference for the research project.