Dr. Chiachen (Chi) Cheng completed her Psychiatry residencies at McMaster University, a clinical fellowship in Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) at McMaster University, and a Master’s of Public Health at Harvard University. Dr. Cheng’s primary research interests are Early Psychosis Intervention, evidence based practice as it interfaces with paediatric mental health policy, and models of care for vulnerable populations in rural/remote settings. Her research has examined program implementation and development, fidelity to EPI standards, evaluation of EPI training for healthcare workers, delivery of EPI services in rural and remote regions, and pathways to care among vulnerable populations (e.g., youth, Indigenous people). Dr. Cheng was awarded a 3-year New Investigator Research Award from the Sick Kids Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research for The NorthBEAT Project in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Cheng and the NorthBEAT team received a 4-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund grant to support the NorthBEAT Collaborative. This diverse collaborative will improve coordination of care, build capacity to detect psychosis symptoms early, and enhance access to appropriate services for youth with psychosis who live in Northwestern Ontario.
Dr. Shevaun Nadin joined St. Joseph’s Care Group in 2013 as the Research Coordinator to the NorthBEAT Project. With research interests that span a variety of health topics, Dr. Nadin is particularly interested in program evaluation as a means of understanding health needs and improving health programs and services. A PhD graduate in psychology from Carleton University, she has worked on numerous research and evaluation projects, including projects conducted independently as well as through the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (Lakehead University). Dr. Nadin is an External Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University and an active member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and American Evaluation Association.
Carole joined St. Joseph’s Care Group in 2012 as Research Assistant to “The NorthBEAT Project”. Working alongside Drs. Cheng and Nadin on NorthBEAT and its follow-up initiatives, Carole has a keen interest in stakeholder engagement and knowledge translation in the social media age. She is particularly interested in applying the principles of strategic communications to research dissemination to increase accessibility and uptake for knowledge users. Carole has worked in Research and Strategic Communications since 2009, and completed the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s SPARK Knowledge Translation training in 2014. Carole has also supported Ontario’s Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPION) with their knowledge exchange and strategic communications initiatives. Carole holds a Bachelor’s degree from York University, and is completing her Master’s in Public Relations via Mount Saint Vincent University.
Doug Eddington joined NorthBEAT in 2018 as Engagement Coordinator for the NorthBEAT Collaborative. With frontline experience in a wide range of community and social services, Doug is particularly passionate about helping youth and vulnerable populations access services and supports. Doug brings his experience in program development, child and youth work, community health services, early psychosis intervention, and resource coordination to the NorthBEAT Collaborative team. He is especially looking forward to the opportunity to build connections with stakeholders and services within the region. Doug holds a diploma in Social Service Work from Confederation College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lakehead University.
Heather Zachozy joined St. Joseph’s Care Group in 2018 as Research Intern for the NorthBEAT Collaborative. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Windsor in 2016. Originally from Fort Frances, Heather is excited to return to Northwestern Ontario and help make a difference for the youth and families in the region. Heather is passionate about youth mental health and the powerful influence that youth voices can have on service delivery. Heather is excited to join the NorthBEAT team and the opportunity to keep the perspectives of youth and families at the forefront of the NorthBEAT Collaborative’s activities.