Research Staff

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.

Anna DeSimone

Caroline Parkin

Caroline Parkin is a team member of the project, Promoting Healthy Families: A Canadian Evaluation of Two Evidence-based Parenting Programs.

With over 20 years’ experience in government, university and not-for-profit sectors, Caroline applied her depth and breadth of expertise to help disadvantaged children and their families succeed. She passionately applied rigorous evidence-based research and front-line experience to inform policy development in her positions at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (formerly the Ministry of Children and Youth Services).

Caroline completed her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in 2008 where her research focused on the psychological and physiological characteristics of adolescent girls at risk for major depressive disorder. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Offord Centre for Child Studies, focused on school-based mental health.

Caroline Parkin

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 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.


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.


Jazzmin Demy

Jazzmin is a research assistant 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.

Jazzmin Demy