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Meet the MSSU Team

Samantha Fowler
MSSU Clinical Research Manager

Samantha completed her Masters' degree in Experimental Psychology (UNB '17), where she studied psychosocial predictors of life satisfaction, including: personality, coping styles, perfectionism, body image, and peer relationships. A successful SSHRC fellowship recipient, she has experience presenting at national and international conferences, and possesses a strong background in research methodology and data analysis. As well, she has experience providing services in patient-oriented settings (such as the John Howard Society and Centracare).

Lauren McLaughlin
MSSU Clinical Research Assistant

Lauren has a Bachelors' degree in psychology (UNB '15) and impressive experience applying those skills in the business world. Most recently, she has served as the Atlantic Canada Relationship Manager for Corey Nutrition, where she oversaw 90+ clients in 4 provinces and doubled sales in her time there. She was also key to the planning of such events as Area 506. Her creativity and relationship skills will be critical to truly developing a patient-oriented research culture, especially with respect to patient engagement and knowledge translation for Horizon.

Sarah Bridges
MSSU Clinical Research Assistant

Sarah holds a diploma of Massage Therapy, as well as a BSc in Kinesiology and a Master's in Applied Health Services Research from the University of New Brunswick, where she analyzed the availability and distribution of rehabilitation-focused physical activity programs in Saint John. As a successful Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship recipient, Sarah presented her graduate research at local and national conferences. During her master's, she also completed a research residency with the New Brunswick Heart Centre gaining experience in data collection and analysis in clinical settings. As a research assistant for the MSSU, Sarah will be supporting patient-oriented research initiatives through planning, development, and implementation.

Brittany Skelding
Research Coordinator, SPOR Innovative Clinical Trials Initiative

Brittany completed a Master's degree (UNB '20) in experimental psychology where she was able to pursue research opportunities, primarily in cannabis use-related topics. In addition to substance use, she has explored topics such as sexual and LGBTQ2I+ health, trauma, and dementia. Brittany has been the recipient of a SSHRC fellowship and values knowledge dissemination, which has been exhibited in her commitment to attending and presenting at relevant conferences. At Horizon, she will be involved in large scale oncology projects as a research coordinator, such as the Terry Fox Pan-Canadian Multiple Myeloma Molecular Monitoring Cohort Study.

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