Postdoctoral Fellows

Krysta Andrews

Krysta is currently completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, working with Drs. Andrea Gonzalez and Terry Bennett.

Krysta Andrews received her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Biology and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto. She completed her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Gonzalez in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at McMaster University.

Krysta’s research interests include understanding the effects of early adversity on children’s cognitive, physiological and behavioural outcomes, and evaluating the efficacy of evidence-based preventative interventions in supporting, educating, and strengthening families.

Vanessa De Rubeis

Dr. Vanessa De Rubeis is a postdoctoral research fellow working under the co-supervision of Drs. Andrea Gonzalez and Parminder Raina. She completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University and previously attended Queen’s University for her Master of Public Health and the University of Waterloo for her Bachelor of Science. Vanessa’s research interests are primarily in life course epidemiology, where she aims to explore how factors across the life course (e.g., early life adversity, cumulative stress, physical activity) are linked to adulthood outcomes, including chronic disease prevention and healthy aging. Vanessa is also currently working as a Research Consultant with the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Adolescent Health and Aging at the World Health Organization.

Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin is a Canadian Rhodes Scholar from Edmonton, Alberta. Mackenzie has a master’s in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation and has nearly completed her doctorate in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. For her doctoral research, Mackenzie examined the implementation and scale-up of the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Parents and Adolescents program in reducing violence against children and child behaviour problems among families in Tanzania, with support from a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Mackenzie also has a BSc in Human Ecology and a BEd in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta.

Information on project:

For her Banting fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster, Mackenzie will be working with Professor Andrea Gonzalez on a project titled “What Parenting Programs are Delivered in Canada, to Whom, and with What Impact?”. The purpose of this project is to investigate the effectiveness of parenting programs in Canada and to determine whether all families benefit equally, particularly those of different genders, ethnicities, and levels of social disadvantage. Findings from this fellowship will be used to inform whether certain families have inequitable access to parenting programs and their benefits in the Canadian context.