Our team

Our Team

Principal Investigators

Dr. Jennifer Donnan
Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy
Jennifer is a pharmacist and researcher with a keen interest in improving cannabis policy to optimize public health and safety. Some of her research involves examining cannabis purchase behaviours and choices, improving access to supports for medical cannabis consumers, and improving youth cannabis health literacy through harm reduction education strategies. 

Dr. Lisa Bishop
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy
Lisa is a pharmacist and researcher, exploring cannabis education needs of healthcare professionals and people across the lifespan. Additional research interests include utilization of citizen engagement to inform the future refinement of cannabis policy. 

Dr. Maisam Najafizada
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Maisam's research program focuses on patient-centred care, health policy evaluation, and global health. 


Other team members

Researchers

Dr. Tom Cooper
Associate Professor
Faculty of Business Administration
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Greg Harris
Professor
Faculty of Education
(Cross-appointed to University Counseling Centre & Dept. of Psychology)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Nick Harris
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Hai Van Nguyen
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Citizen Partners

Lainey Dewling
Citizen partner (youth representative)

Angela Janes
Citizen Partner

Partners and Knowledge Users

Debbie Curtis
Mental Health and Addictions Consultant
Department of Health and Community Services
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Nicole Gill
Director of Evaluation and Performance Improvement
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

Melanie Stokes
Acting Director of Public Engagement
Public Engagement and Planning Division
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Alison Tucker
Manager of Public Health
Department of Health and Community Services
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador 

Staff

Dalainey Drakes
Research Assistant
Dalainey is a recent graduate with an MSc in Experimental Psychology in Health and Wellness. She facilitates CHERP's youth and young adult engagement research. She brings experience conducting clinical epidemiological and health psychology research working with diverse groups across the lifespan. She strives to promote patient-centred reserach while contributing to multidisciplinary work to improve patient prognosis, health literacy, and targeted interventions. 

David Storey
Research Assistant
David is a Master's student in Experimental Psychology with a Health and Wellness focus. He facilitates CHERP's social media influencer research. He brings experience conducting health psychology research working with youth and young adults. He strives to promote strengths-based, trauma-informed approaches to treating mental health and addictions issues in diverse populations.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Trainees

Dr. Dina Gaid
Post-doctoral fellow for CHERP
Dina recently obtained a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University. She is currently working on cannabis policy evaluation research projects and is the lead of the Cannabis Crossroads webinar series. 

Tanisha Wright-Brown
PhD Pharmacy student
In 2020, Tanisha completed an MSc. in Medicine (Applied Health Services Research) where her thesis focused on disaster resilience and empowerment. She also earned a BSc. in Business Management and has over 16 years of professional experience in policy, research, finance, and logistics. 

Kelda Newport
Master of Public Health student
Kelda is a pharmacist at the School of Pharmacy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Biochemistry (Nutrition). She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health and is completing her practicum with CHERP to examine the impact of COVID-19 on cannabis consumption in Canada. 

Michael Blackwood
MSc Pharmacy student
Michael completed a Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences with a major in Pharmacology. He brings experience in retail pharmacy and inventory management and is currently conducting research on the impact of non-medical cannabis legalization on risk perception in Atlantic Canada. 

Queen Jacques
MSc Medicine (Applied Health Services) student
Queen's research interests include the examination of health inequities and exploration of determinants of health. She is currently exploring the impact of legalization on medical cannabis related behaviours. 

Sylvia Farooq
MSc Pharmacy student
Sylvia completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry Nutrition and Neuroscience and is excited to be working with CHERP to explore cannabis during the perinatal period.  

Catherine Anne Grandy
MSc Pharmacy student
Catherine is a clinical pharmacist in the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, NL. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog. 

Shelby Currie
Hospital Pharmacy Resident
Shelby graduated with her BScPharm from Dalhousie in 2021. She is currently completing her Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Eastern Health in St. John's. For her residency research project, she will be doing a qualitative study with acute care prescribers to assess barriers and facilitators to order medical cannabis for hospital inpatients. When not doing her residency, Shelby enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring new trails and going to the gym. 

Sandi Schuhmacher
PharmD student
Sandi is originally from BC and moved to NL 3 years ago to pursue a career in pharmacy. She worked with CHERP during summer 2021 as a research student and as a MUCEP student in fall 2021. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the many wonderful hiking trails St. John's has to offer with her two dogs. 

Maria Josey
PharmD student
Maria is originally from Nova Scotia. During the summer of 2021, she worked with CHERP as a summer research student, and continued working during fall 2021. In her free time, Maria can be found rock climbing at Wallnuts. 

Emily Rowe
BSc Psychology student
Emily's goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with interest in substance use disorders in youth. She is also a student research assistant for CHERP, providing assistance with youth cannabis research. 

Advisory Panels

We are actively engaging with the public throughout the study so that they can
provide advice and direction to our study team. Two advisory panels have been
established:

  • A stakeholder panel includes representatives from public and private organizations impacted by legalization, including representatives from groups such as provincial government, cannabis retail, law enforcement, health, and education.
  • A citizen advisory panel includes members of the public, representing a wide variety of people - some who consume cannabis for medical or non-medical reasons, some who are new consumers of cannabis since legalization, and some who have never consumed cannabis.

Both panels help us understand how people consume cannabis in NL, and the needs and concerns of everybody affected by cannabis legalization.

Contact

School of Pharmacy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000