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About
 
Dr. Laurie Twells is NL SUPPORT's Scientific Lead and an associate professor and clinical epidemiologist in the School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Twells completed a Master's of Science in Epidemiology and Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK before completing her PhD at Memorial University. Dr. Twells has training in clinical epidemiology, health economics and health policy. Her primary research interests and expertise are in the areas of prevention, management and treatment of obesity in children and adults. Dr. Twells' research programs focus on two areas: bariatric surgery as a treatement for individuals living with severe obesity in Newfoundland and Labrador and the impact of infant nutrition on health outcomes in the early years of life. Dr. Twells is passionate about engaging "patients as partners" in research and using integrated Knowledge Translation models to inform evidence-based practice, improve health care delivery and optimize health outcomes. 
Street_Catherine_0009.jpg Catherine Street is the Administrative Director for the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative, and responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Unit. Ms. Street is is an experienced senior project manager with a clinical pharmacy background, who has worked in public health, health policy and health service commissioning at senior manager and director level within Social Services and the National Health Services (NHS) in the East Midlands region of the UK. Since moving to Newfoundland and Labrador, she has worked as a senior project manager on a range of health care related research projects.
Holly Etchegary, PhD, is NL SUPPORT's Patient Engagement Lead and a research scientist involved with NL SUPPORT's slate of projects.  Dr. Etchegary is a health and social psychologist with a variety of research interests in the area of genetics health services and new genomic technologies. She is a key member of the GELs program of research (GELs = Genetics Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) in the Interdisciplinary Team in Human Genetics. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Division of Medicine at Memorial University. Public engagement with new technologies, including genetic testing, in addition to the psychosocial effects and ethical implications of genetic risk, for both patients and families, are of particular research interest.
Chelsey McPhee is NL SUPPORT's Patient Engagement Coordinator, and Training and Capacity Development Lead
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Dr. Hensley H. Mariathas is NL SUPPORT’s Biostatistical Lead, providing biostatistical support and consultation services to researchers in patient oriented research. Dr. Mariathas joined the NL SUPPORT team in September 2016. He is a health research oriented statistician, who has experience in development of methodology to address research questions that arise in medical and public health. He can collaborate with your team to provide complete statistical analysis of the data and dissemination of the results. He is happy to work with you to determine the correct statistical analysis plan to best suit your research questions, and maximize the impact of the analysis. He is looking forward to working together with researchers and professionals to facilitate patient-oriented research. 
 
Amanda-Hall-Headshot-2231-13.jpg Dr. Amanda Hall is NL SUPPORT’s Knowledge Translation Academic Lead, and sits on the National SPORT KT working group, provides consultation to NL SUPPORT on KT training topics to be delivered in building capacity within the province. Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor with the Primary Healthcare Research Unit at the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University. She joined the NL SUPPORT team in August 2016. In addition to her NL SUPPORT roles, she also consults and liases with NLCAHR on knowledge synthesis projects at a provincial, national and international level.
Kate_Pic_for_website.jpg Kate Lambert is NL SUPPORT’S Knowledge Translation Lead. She joined the NL SUPPORT team in April 2017. Kate attended Memorial University, where she earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Master of Public Health. As a Health Promotion Intern with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, she contributed to the development of a heart health campaign for women in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is excited to use her extensive event planning, relationship building, and community and stakeholder engagement skills to help researchers move knowledge to action and have real world impacts on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. 
Humphries_Dale_20180725_0005.jpg Dale Humphries is NL SUPPORT's Research Officer.