Research Staff

Dr. Marc Jambon

Dr. Marc Jambon is a research analyst in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, working with Drs. Terry Bennett, Andrea Gonzalez, and Magdalena Janus.

After receiving a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2016, he completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Calgary (2016-2017) and the University of Toronto Mississauga (2017-2020).

Marc’s research examines social-emotional and moral development in early and middle childhood, with a particular focus on the developmental processes that contribute to aggressive and prosocial behaviour.

Anna DeSimone

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.

Meghan Kenny

Meghan is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact.

A graduate of the MA in Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University, she has a strong background in program evaluation, program management, and community engagement.

She has several years of evaluation experience, ranging from community-based program evaluation to large-scale systematic reviews.

She has contributed to numerous systematic reviews and co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.

She is appreciative of the collaborative atmosphere of STRONG and how the team’s work is enriched by the unique skill set that each member brings.

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Charlene Attard

Charlene Attard is a Research Coordinator with the STRoNG Families Lab at McMaster University working on the project; Promoting Healthy Families: A Canadian Evaluation of Two Evidence-based Parenting Programs.

Charlene completed her BA in Psychology at Western University and her MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Swansea University.

Charlene has worked on various research projects related to youth mental health and development at Brock University, the University of Waterloo, and McMaster University. She has extensive experience working with children throughout her past academic, volunteer, and professional roles.

Jazzmin Demy

Jazzmin is a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She graduated with her B.A.Sc in Child, Youth and Family, and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Guelph, where she focused her research on youth mental health.

Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to conduct research at hospital and community-based programs focusing on clinical outcomes for youth receiving treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.

Other research projects include brain imaging, evaluation and cost-effectiveness studies as well as investigating risk and protective factors, and symptom and functioning outcomes. Jazzmin is excited to be a part of the team and to continue conducting research she is passionate about in order to improve the lives of youth and their families.

Jenna Ratcliffe

Jenna Ratcliffe is the Qualitative Research Coordinator with the STRoNG Families Lab at McMaster University working on the project; Promoting Healthy Families: A Canadian Evaluation of Two Evidence-based Parenting Programs.

Jenna has been working with vulnerable and marginalized populations through the coordination of qualitative research studies and clinical trials at McMaster University since 2006.

She has coordinated studies ranging from evaluating the effectiveness of school bullying prevention programs to understanding the supportive care needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer to investigate the effectiveness of estrogen and probiotics in the prevention of HIV among African Canadian women.

Jenna has BA from the Faculty of Social Sciences and an associate degree in Certified Clinical Research (CCRA), both from McMaster University.

Eva Friedman

Eva is a Research Coordinator at the STRoNG Families Lab at McMaster University currently working on two research projects; (a)Promoting Healthy Families and (b) The Parenting under Pressure.

Eva has worked on various research projects relating to mental health such as the influence of COVID-19 on cognition, the impact of boredom on mental health, the effectiveness of treatments for eating disorders as well as the influence of social media on self-esteem, all took place at York University. Being involved in mental health research spiked her interest in better understanding the impact of early childhood interventions on future mental health in adulthood.

Eva has extensive experience working with children. She worked as a Literacy, Math and Special Education Specialist at a private learning centre, providing academic interventions to children. Prior to that, she was trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy (ABA) and Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R). Under clinical supervision, she provided ABA therapy to children diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.

Eva completed her Bachelor’s of Honours in Psychology at York University.

Urwah Rashid

Urwah is a research lab technician in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She has received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in biology for health science and chemistry. She is interested to learn the experimental techniques designed to facilitate the study of family relationships and child well-being.

Urwah is thrilled to be joining the team and to contribute to the research being done in order to promote healthier families.

Sharon Peck-Reid

Sharon is a Research Assistant for McMaster’s STRONG families and children at the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

She graduated from Fanshawe College with an Advanced Commercial Photography Diploma and continued her education at Sheridan College in Business Management and McMaster University in Business Administration.

Sharon’s background includes 13 years at McMaster University supporting educational and healthcare research groups. She had contributed to guidelines and systematic review database management. At the Offord centre, she creates surveys, online searches, database management and participant management.

Taryn Sanders

Taryn is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University. She has research experience studying prosocial and antisocial behaviour, empathy responses during pain observation, and implementing neuroimaging techniques.

Taryn is so pleased to be joining this team with the knowledge that their work will make a difference for caregivers and their children.

Dallas Nash

Dallas is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

Her background is in Paramedicine, after completing her B.Sc in Human Sciences through Athabasca University, Dallas transitioned into research. She has had the opportunity to conduct research on child vision health, where she performed vision screening on many children across Ontario.

Dallas is excited to be part of the Promoting Healthy Families Research team, where she will be able to contribute to improving the health and well-being of families in Ontario.

Nancy Selman

Nancy is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She obtained her MD degree from Tishreen University, Syria. In 2016, she completed her Autism and Behavioral Science Diploma from Mohawk college, as well as completed her Certified Clinical Research Associate Program at McMaster University.

She has had the opportunity to work at Offord center for child study and be a part of different research projects like the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopment Disorders network POND and PATHWAY. She also worked in a multicenter RCT TIDE (Tiduglusibe) study.

Nancy is enthusiastic to be a part of the team and be able to continue working in research as she is eager to make an impact in improving the lives of children and their families.

Annie Beatty

Annie is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

Her passion for improving the lives of children and families has guided her education, research and work experience. Since graduating with an Honours B.A.Sc from McMaster University, her research focused on executive function in preschool children through her work on the Family Check-Up Canada team.

Annie is thrilled to join the Promoting Healthy Families team and to continue her time at the Offord Centre for Child Studies working with children and families.

Natalie Harvey-Younis

Natalie is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Natalie’s research interests focus on how psychological, biological, and social factors influence child and family mental health and development.

Natalie is excited to be joining the research team, where she will be able to combine her passion for research as well as the health promotion of children and families.

Fatima Ahmad

Fatima Ahmad is an undergraduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) Honours program, specializing in the Health Science, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) discipline at McMaster University.

Her exposure to design thinking, patient-centered learning and various research methodologies both inside and outside the classroom has translated to research interests in women’s health and social determinants of health. She is passionate about working with marginalized families to better understand systemic and cultural barriers in accessing services and is committed to putting forth novel recommendations that improve women’s experiences in healthcare.

Her current thesis project focuses on assessing the effectiveness of parenting programs for at-risk women during the perinatal period. She is delighted to be a part of the Strong Families team and contribute to evidence-based research.

Matthew Melo

Matthew is currently a Master of Public Health student at McMaster University, who recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

He is passionate about investigating upstream approaches to preventing negative health outcomes in children, with a focus in epigenetics. His past research experiences include exploring the lived experiences of men with body image issues, investigating the effects of food insecurity on type II diabetes, and the effects that alcohol have on mental health.

Matthew is extremely excited to join the Promoting Healthy Families team and continue to advance his knowledge and expertise in this field at the Offord Centre for Child Studies to improve health outcomes for all children and families

Zita de Snoo

Zita is a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Science degree in Developmental Psychopathology from Leiden University. Zita has experience conducting research using brain, questionnaires, and observational measurements. Her latest research focussed on factors underlying resilient functioning in young people during COVID-19. 

Zita is very excited to be joining the team and hopes to help caregivers and children in maintaining or regaining their mental health.

Simranjit Kaur is a research assistant for the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging Intergenerational Study (MIRA-iGeN).

She recently graduated from the McMaster Honours Life Sciences program where she had the opportunity to thoroughly explore her interests in accelerated aging and neurological disorders.  Simranjit is excited to join the research team and hopes her involvement in research can improve the process of aging and allow for a better quality of life in older individuals.