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Research With Impact 2021 Virtual Lecture Series


Research with Impact Series 2021

The University of Regina's Research with Impact Series has a new lineup of engaging speakers and topics for Spring/Summer 2021! These presentations are FREE and OPEN to all, but attendees must register in advance to receive the Zoom link to participate. Please note, your registration is valid for all five dates. You do not need to register for each presentation separately.

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May 18: Building Collaborations to Help Manage PTSD Among Public Safety Personnel with Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton

Public Safety Personnel (PSP) are regularly exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events as a function of their work, and recent evidence indicates nearly half may currently screen positive for one or more mental health disorders. Challenges faced by PSP have gone relatively unnoticed outside of their own professional communities; however, since 2015 there have been several substantial advancements towards recognizing, researching, and redressing the mental health challenges faced by PSP serving Canadians. In 2018, the Government of Canada dedicated funding to catalyze creation of evidence-based solutions through a consortium between the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as part of a national action plan to address posttraumatic stress disorder and other posttraumatic stress injuries. The funding also supported CIPSRT as a national hub for knowledge translation and mobilization efforts. This presentation will provide an overview of CIPSRT activities, past, present, and future.

Dr. R. Nicholas CarletonDr. R. Nicholas Carleton is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, a registered doctoral clinical psychologist in Saskatchewan, and currently serves as the Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. His research work focuses on helping to support the mental health of first responders and other public safety personnel. He has received several prestigious awards, is an inducted Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and received the 2020 Royal Mach Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research. He enjoys teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and maintains a small private practice.

June 15: Sixties Scoop Research with Dr. Raven Sinclair

Raven Sinclair is a Sixties Scoop survivor and University of Regina Professor and researcher. She has studied the Sixties Scoop and Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada for two decades, most recently with the support of a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. Raven will discuss what the Scoop is and some of her experiences as a Cree woman raised in a white family. She will also discuss why research is important as a tool for providing evidence-based recommendations for policy and program changes to child welfare.

Dr. Raven SinclairDr. Raven Sinclair is a Sixties Scoop survivor and University of Regina Professor and researcher. She has studied the Sixties Scoop and Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada for two decades, most recently with the support of a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant.



July 20: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Variants of Concern and Vaccinations with Dr. Andrew Cameron

Dr. Andrew CameronDr. Andrew Cameron is a molecular microbiologist with a specialty in infectious diseases. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Regina, and is co-Director of the Institute for Microbial Systems and Society at the University of Regina. Andrew’s research examines the relationships between humans, animals, and landscapes that contribute to the emergence of new infectious diseases. His lab leads and participates in multiple COVID projects, including the development of improved genetic tools for viral detection and variant identification as well as the genetic characterization of novel coronaviruses to understand how viruses jump from animals to humans. His lab works in partnership with the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba provincial public health laboratories as well as the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

August 17: The Future of Public Health: Citizen Science and Social Innovation with Dr. Tarun Katapally

Dr. Tarun KatapallyDr. Tarun Katapally is a physician and a patient-oriented research leader. After obtaining clinical experience in India and the United Kingdom, Dr. Katapally went on to diversify his career towards health administration and population health, which culminated in a PhD in population health science from the college of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He established the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health Laboratory (DEPtH Lab) in 2017 to conceptualize virtual care and precision medicine applications. His team operationalizes this cutting-edge applied research using the Smart Platform, a big data toolkit that he developed to intersect citizen science and social innovation for digital health solutions:

Shortly after each lecture, the University of Regina Alumni Engagement Office, in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Centre, will post videos from the Research with Impact 2021 Virtual Lecture Series. Feel free to review at your leisure and share with friends!

Archived Sessions from the 2021 Series

Archived sessions from the Research With Impact 2020 series are also available.

How we say it matters: Rethinking language around substance use with Dr. Kara Fletcher

The language used when talking to or about people who use substances is often hurtful. Terminology such as “addict,” “junkie,” and “abuser” continue to be commonplace. Instead of understanding the chronic relapsing nature of substance use disorders, this language regards individuals who struggle with substance use as morally reprehensible. Using data from a study with clients and clinicians from a substance use treatment program, this presentation will highlight the impacts of language and offer recommendations for rethinking the language around substance use. (Recorded April 20, 2021)

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