Department of French and Spanish
An assistant professor in the Department of French and Spanish, Anne Graham will be defending her PhD from Queen's University in Kingston at the end of the summer. Her doctorate focuses on the links between ancient Greek and Roman conceptions of tragedy and Christian conceptions of tragedy in French literature of the 16th and 17th centuries. She has published articles on Marguerite Duras and on narrative topoï (developments) in French literature before 1800 and is preparing a research project on French biblical drama of the Renaissance.
Dr. Graham is co-editor, with Louise Frappier, of an upcoming special volume of the journal Tangence dedicated to the question of exemplarity in French Renaissance Theatre.
Ms. Graham enjoyed teaching fourth year composition to students in the French department this year and will teach a new film course on the court of Louis XIV in the fall semester. Her free time over the winter was spent enjoying the cross country ski trails in Pippy Park and the lively music scene in St. John's.
Dr. Fadi Khraim
School of Nursing
Dr. Fadi Khraim joined the School of Nursing as an assistant professor in January 2011, coming from the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego. Dr. Khraim comes to Memorial as an experienced nurse, having spent four years as a senior registered nurse in the accident and emergency department of Welcare Hospital in Dubai and more than a year as a registered nurse in intensive care at the Jordan Hospital and Medical Center in Amman, Jordan.
Dr. Khraim says he chose Memorial because of the opportunities available in nursing academia.
"Memorial provides the opportunity for graduate nursing research and venues for collaboration with other health care domains in the Health Science Centre and in the city."
Dr. Khraim's research at Memorial includes a project looking at using Smartphones as a learning resource for nursing students in clinical practice. He is exploring the usefulness of Smartphones for such things as drug references, disease information, nursing interventions, diagnostic tests, student-faculty communication, and accessing course content.
He's also mentoring and instructing bachelor of nursing students in extended clinical nursing practice in medical-surgical nursing.
Dr. Khraim is a registered graduate nurse in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a registered nurse in California, New York and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He completed a master of science in 2005 and his doctorate of philosophy in nursing in 2009, both at the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in Buffalo, New York.
Dr. Khraim is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association.
Dr. Brenda A. LeFrançois
School of Social Work
Dr. Brenda LeFrançois, associate professor of social work, arrived at Memorial in July 2010. She holds a PhD from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the U.K., an MA from Anglia Ruskin University, U.K. and a BA from McGill.
Specializing in children's rights and childhood studies, she has conducted research on the rights of psychiatrized children and young people within inpatient mental health services. As an academic and social activist, she has been working on disrupting sanism, and applying queer theory to psychiatric diagnosis and practice, to contribute to the emergent field of mad studies.
For the last two semesters, Dr. LeFrançois has taught social work theory at the BSW and MSW levels, and law and ethics.
"I am amazed by how strong social work students are at Memorial, both academically and in terms of practice skills. My students have shown great interest in engaging in critical analysis and enthusiastically participating in the teaching and learning process. I look forward to teaching each class."
Recently, Dr. LeFrançois gave a lunch time presentation on child-father relationships when fathers suffer with mental distress. Over 60 people from the Memorial and St. John's community attended.
"How impressive to see such vibrant community engagement happening within the School of Social Work between practitioners and academics," she said.
Dr. LeFrançois serves as a school board trustee for Conseil Scolaire Francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Having grown up and lived through the rapid assimilation and associated intergenerational trauma of minority Francophones in southwestern Ontario, she now works to promote French-language education for children here. Dr. LeFrançois is committed to helping support the needs of the numerous assimilated Franco-Newfoundlanders who come from families who were amongst the first settlers/colonists on this island.
She is happy to have made St. John's home for her and her family. She enjoys working in her garden and back country camping. "I am eager to explore the Newfoundland countryside, and given its vastness, I expect it to take me decades to fully appreciate," she noted.
Dr. William Midodzi
Faculty of Medicine
Dr. William Midodzi brings new strengths to the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine. His main research themes focus on hospital outcomes studies, clinical epidemiology, rural health and applied biostatistical method in clinical trials as it relates to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
He received his bachelor of mathematics degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1997. He then attended the University of Alberta where he completed his master's degree in biostatistics in 2001 and doctorate in medical sciences-public health sciences in 2007, with specialization in epidemiology. In 2010 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Midodzi's doctoral dissertation, published in the Respirology Journal and the Journal of Asthma, explored early-life factors associated with development of asthma and wheezing among children. This is part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth examining more than 25,000 children across Canada.
In his professional activities, Dr. Midodzi has served as the analytical support and a senior biostatistical consultant on several national and international projects. In particular he has worked with the International Study of Differences in the Outcomes of Acute Coronary Syndromes, involving more than 24 countries around the world. He also did secondary analysis of the Alberta arm of the International Hospital Outcome Study, a multisite cross-sectional research consortium of nurses in adult acute-care hospitals in the United States, Canada, England and Scotland that examine the effects of nurse staffing and organizational support for nursing care on patients' outcomes. He was also involved with the Knowledge Utilization and Policy Implementation program, a health research program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research which focussed on nursing factors and research utilization in the nursing profession and its impact on patients' outcomes.