Research Trainees


Michael Martin – PhD Studentheadshot

Michael is a PhD candidate in the APEAL lab. He is the Chair-elect of the student section of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, and an alumnus of the CIHR Social Aetiology of Mental Illness training program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He previously worked for the Mental Health Branch at National Headquarters of Correctional Service of Canada, where he was involved in the development of a mental health screening system offered to all inmates upon intake to prison. Michael’s primary research interests are on the intersection between mental health and justice outcomes. His thesis research is exploring the effectiveness of this screening system to detect mental illness in prison and to reduce rates of violence, self-harm, and suicide during incarceration.


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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