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.

Anna DeSimone

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.


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.

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.