Research - Our Team
Brandy Winquist, Executive Director, Academics and Learning: Dr. Brandy Winquist is the Executive Director, Academics and Learning in the Saskatchewan Health Authority. As a member of the senior leadership team, she provides oversight for the Research, Ethics, and Academic Health Sciences departments. Brandy obtained her PhD in Community and Population Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, after completing a strategic training fellowship in a CIHR-funded Community and Population Health Research training program.
Dr. Winquist is an adjunct professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and her research interests span the areas of perinatal epidemiology, health services and population health. She is a co-principal investigator for the Canadian Mother Child Cohort initiative and studies trends in medication use and safety during pregnancy. Most recently, she received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to develop a longitudinal pregnancy cohort in Saskatchewan using administrative and clinical data. The cohort is part of a national infrastructure to enhance surveillance of perinatal risk factors and outcomes. Brandy serves on various provincial and national research committees, including the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Board, HealthCareCan VP Research Committee, Health Research Data Network, and the SCPOR Learning Health System Council.
Dr. Elan Paluck, Director of Research
Elan Paluck, BSP, MSc., Ph.D. is the Director of Research for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She began her career in research more than 23 years ago at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and an Adjunct to the UBC Institute of Health Promotion Research. Since returning home to Saskatchewan, she has been instrumental in leading and supporting research initiatives that make meaningful differences to patients, staff and the health care system. As the Director of Research, she helps broker valuable partnerships between the health authority and faculty at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan wishing to engage in clinical, health services, health policy, evaluation, and/or implementation research
Sandy Kassir, Research Manager: Master of Science in Biochemistry with neuroscience focus, University of Regina; Master of Public Health with focus in epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Toronto. She joined the SHA Research Department in December 2019. Specialties include supporting research administration including national and provincial funding and development of new research-related policies and strategic initiatives. As the Research Manager, she helps ensure the provision of a high-quality, client-centered, research administrative services that will support the conduct of quality research to advance patient care, population health, and health care teams. She also ensures that effective and efficient research review processes are in place, and that there is broad organizational awareness of research supports available within the SHA.
Research Administration Team
The Research Administration team is a group of professionals with expertise regarding the policies, procedures and guidelines that must be followed through all phases of a research project. The Research Administration team works with researchers to facilitate the research ethics, operational approval, grant review and contract review/negotiation processes for research projects involving the SHA.
Brenda Anton-Tempel, Operational Approval Associate
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Regina. Brenda joined the SHA Research team May 2019.
Casey McMahon, Contracts and Funding Specialist (Saskatoon): Master of Science in Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Kinesiology, Brock University. Casey joined the SHA Research team in June 2021.
Trisha Campbell, Research Facilitator: Trisha has obtained two undergraduate degrees from the University of Regina – a Bachelor of Science in Biology (2017) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2018). She has been a Community Research Assistant and Peer Coordinator with Wellness Wheel Medical Outreach Clinic since March 2019 and a Research Facilitator part-time at Saskatchewan Health Authority, supporting Dr. Rachel Netahe Asiniwasis through the Clinician Research Support Program since March 2021. She has returned to post-secondary studies part-time to pursue a Master of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She values Indigenous representation in healthcare systems and policy making and community-led research addressing priorities that are important and relevant to Indigenous peoples.
Marina Facci, Research Ethics Board Chair: Doctor of Philosophy, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan; Masters in Health Administration, University of Regina; Master of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Science, University of Saskatchewan; Certified Health Executive, Canadian College of Health Leaders. Marina joined the SHA Research team June 2022.
Oluwadamilola (Dami) Odeleye, Research Ethics Associate: Master of Science in Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Education in Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ibadan. Oluwadamilola joined the SHA Research team June 2022.
College of Medicine (Regina Campus) Clinical Research Team
The Regina Campus Clinical Research Team supports research projects being conducted by geographically based medical learners, residents and physicians. The team assists with all phases of the research process in order to find new and better ways to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent disease and ultimately, improve patient care.
Karolina Grzyb, Research Specialist (on leave): Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina; Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe, Brazil. Karolina joined the SHA Research team in March 2021. Research specialties include clinical trials, clinical epidemiology and quantitative research.
Amal Khan, Research Specialist: Doctoral Candidate at Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Master of Science in Community and Population Health, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Health Sciences, Pakistan. Amal joined the SHA Research team in June 2022. Her research specialties and interests include qualitative data collection and analysis, mixed-methods designs, clinical epidemiology, social determinants of health, health equity, preventable cancers, medicine and society, and immigrant and refugee health. As a Research Specialist, Amal works on a National Project on Quality Improvement to uncover high-resolution quality improvement targets of investment for under-immunized population groups.
Adelaide Amah, Research Specialist: Master of Science in Health Sciences, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Saskatchewan. Adelaide joined the SHA Research team in September 2022. Research specialties include quantitative research, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders with an emphasis on stroke. Adelaide works with SHA to support Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) projects.
Erwin Karreman, Transition Specialist – Research: Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina. Research specialties include quantitative research methodology, inferential statistics, and survey research.
Sanjida Newaz, Research Specialist: Master of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Research specialties include refugee and migrant health, health policy and planning, qualitative research, and mixed methods research.
Health Services/Strategic Priorities
The Health Services and Strategic Priorities (HSSP) research team investigates how social, personal, and organizational factors affect healthcare access, utilization, and service delivery, and ultimately, health outcomes. Health services research can provide data and tools to support evidence-informed decision making and policy development, helping to ensure that the people of Saskatchewan have access to high quality, affordable, effective, and equitable patient-centered health care.
Michelle McCarron, Research Scientist: Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental and Applied Psychology, University of Regina; Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, University of Regina; Bachelor of Arts (High Honors) in Psychology, University of Regina. Research specialties include qualitative research, program evaluation, and research ethics, with research interest in areas of mental health (e.g., post-traumatic stress injuries among Public Safety Personnel, moral injury in frontline healthcare workers), online training/education, and ethics.
Daniel Adeyinka, Research Scientist: Doctor of Philosophy in Community and Population Health Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Master of Public Health, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Daniel joined the SHA Research team September 2022. Research specialties include quantitative research, interdisciplinary research, health equity, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, healthcare strengthening, mental health, and quality improvement.
Mamata Pandey, Research Scientist: Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental and Applied Psychology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Master of Arts in Experimental and Applied Psychology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India; Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Research specialties include mixed methods research, art based methods, community participatory research methods, patient-oriented research, Indigenous research methodologies, program evaluation, community engagement, knowledge translation and multi-disciplinary and sectoral research designs.
Oluwasegun (Olu) Hassan, Research Scientist: Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Canada; Master of Science in Environmental and Public Health, University of Salford, United Kingdom; Bachelor of Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. Research specialties include qualitative research, program evaluation, physical activity epidemiology, and immigrant health. As a Research Scientist, Olu works on the evaluation of high priority, multi-sectoral provincial programs.
Melanie Warken, Evaluation Specialist: Master of Science in Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Research team, Melanie worked for several years in the health system as a Registered Dietitian and as a Primary Health Care Team Facilitator and Manager. As an Evaluation Specialist, Melanie supports development, implementation and evaluation of various Patient-Oriented Learning Health System projects in the SHA.
Sharleen Maley, BSc, PGD, CCRP, ACRP-CP, Research Approval Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating the Department Impact Assessments and Operational Approval Process. She began her career in clinical research more than 19 years ago at the University of Saskatchewan, working as a Clinical Research Associate for the Saskatchewan Drug Research Institute. She eventually went on to work as a Clinical Research Professional and Research Program Manager with the Clinical Trial Support Unit and with the Saskatchewan Cerebrovascular Centre. She is an ACRP-CP Exam Committee member, helping to craft the international certifying examinations for those with careers in clinical research, and lends her clinical research and regulatory expertise to Saskatchewan researchers needing support.
Shubrandu Sanjoy, Research Specialist: Master of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario; Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, North South University, Bangladesh. Research specialties include epidemiology, big data, statistical modeling, and multivariate analyses.
Health Data and Health Economics
The Health Data and Health Economics (HDHE) group is a multidisciplinary team that combines statistics, economics, mathematics, and technology to conduct healthcare data analytics (statistical analysis plans, survey designs, descriptive analyses, and data modeling). They gather and integrate data from various sources to unearth insights regarding health care access and utilization, health outcomes, cost and effectiveness of programs and services. Their work enables decision makers to develop evidence-informed strategies that align with the SHA’s strategic goals.
Charles Plante, Research Scientist: Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Master of Arts, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Charles joined the SHA Research team in 2021. Research specialties include Population Health, Social Epidemiology, and Health Systems, Policy, and Economics. Charles is a sociologist.