Anna DeSimone is the Program Administrator for the Family Violence Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University.
Anna is a graduate of the Medical Office Administration Program at Mohawk College and completed first- and second-year courses at McMaster University.
Her career began in 1997 in the field of mental health where she worked as an Intake Coordinator for 9 years in the outpatient unit at Credit Valley Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry, which lead her to her current position at McMaster University at the Offord Centre for Child Studies. Anna has taken on various roles in the 23 years working at McMaster.
Her first role as a Research Coordinator was for the EDI Program with Dr. Magdalena Janus, with the Implementation of the Full day Kindergarten Program in Ontario, followed by another position as a Project Coordinator for the NFP (Nurse-Family Partnership) Project with Dr. Harriet MacMillan, then as Program Administrator for the VEGA (Violence Evidence Guidance Action ) Project for Dr. Harriet MacMillan.
She is currently the Program Administrator for the Family Violence Research Program working for Dr. Andrea Gonzalez and Dr. Harriet MacMillan on various projects.
Her role as a Program Administrator is to coordinate and manage multiple projects and interact with various project team members, faculty and students to ensure the projects stay within their projected timelines.
She attends and participates in regular project meetings and provides her skills and experience in the operations and reporting related to the project. Her focus is to provide ongoing administrative support on the day-to-day activities of the program, which include administrative, research and financial budget management and mandatory reporting.