Research Trainees

Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga – PhD student


Hugues is a PhD student in the APEAL Lab. He holds an MD from the University of Kinshasa and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Université Laval. He previously worked in both academic research and public health settings. More recently, he worked as an epidemiologist at Ottawa Public Health and joined APEAL in May 2016. Hugues is currently working with the Department of National Defence on a research project that explores six potential effect modifiers of the relationship between traumatic stress exposure and mental health problems in Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

Kiyuri Naicker – PhD Student

Kiyuri GuatemalaKiyuri is an APEAL Lab PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria, and a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her previous work experience includes a surveillance epidemiologist position with the Department of National Defense, and a role as Polio Coordinator with the Polio Eradication Initiative, with fieldwork in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her research interests include mental illness and chronic disease comorbidities, and her doctoral research is currently supported by an award from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. For this project, she is working with collaborators at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to explore associations between depression and anxiety comorbidities and Type 2 diabetes complications and mortality.

François Theriault – Phd. Candidate


Francois is a PhD candidate in the APEAL lab. He holds a B.Sc. with Honours in biology from the University of Ottawa, and an M.Sc. in Epidemiology from McGill University. He has previously conducted field research on health education programs targeting intestinal worm infections in the Peruvian Amazon. He was more recently involved in various surveillance projects with the Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group. As an epidemiologist with the Department of National Defence, he has helped develop the Canadian Armed Forces’ new health informatics system for population health surveillance and research.  François’ thesis research is exploring in-garrison predictors of depression incidence and successful depression treatment in CAF personal.


Gabrielle Dupuis – MSc. Candidate


Gabby is an MSc student in Epidemiology under the supervision of Dr. Ian Colman. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Ottawa. She previously worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Ottawa in the department of Psychology, working for the Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths Program (CANS), and as a Research Assistant for the CHEO Research Institute. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for the University of Ottawa in the department of Epidemiology. Her research interests include mental health epidemiology, in particular fetal programming and offspring mental health.


Corneliu Rusu – MSc. Candidate 

Corneliu Rusu is a MSc candidate in Epidemiology under Dr. Colman’s supervision. He holds an MD and an MSc in Biostatistics. He previously worked for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. His primary research areas of interest are mental health and injury in military personnel, with a focus on deployment-related mental disorders, suicidal behaviours, and traumatic brain injury.

Dylan Johnson – MSc Candidate

Dylan Johnson is an MSc student in Epidemiology under Dr. Ian Colman’s supervision. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. He currently works at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as a research assistant, specializing in psychiatric research in the emergency department. He is also a Director of Professional Development for the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Ottawa. His primary area of research is mental health, specifically looking at early life predictors of suicidality in adolescence and risk-model development.


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