Lab Affiliates

The work of the Spatializing Care Lab is enabled by a tremendous interdisciplinary team of researchers, service providers, decision-makers, community members, and people with lived experience giving and receiving care and with the health system.  Students and trainees are also important team members and their contributions are an important part of the research process. 

Collaborator Profiles

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden is the James R Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine, and Associate Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Dryden is an associate scientist with the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unite (MSSU) and a current member of the international Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective based at Northeastern University. An interdisciplinary scholar who examines the “social life” of blood donation, while engaging with Black queer diasporic analytics, Dryden is the Principal Investigator of #GotBlood2Give / #DuSangÀDonner a research project which seeks to identify the barriers African/Black gay, bisexual, and trans men encounter with donating blood and also analyzes how anti-black racism, colonialism, and sexual exceptionalism shapes the blood system in Canada. Most recently, Dryden is the Principal Investigator on the project Don’t Count Us Out! – a community-informed, culturally sensitive approach to health promotion for African Nova Scotian communities with an initial focus on COVID-19 pandemic as well as a focus on the development of  an African Nova Scotian Community Population Health Registry (CPHR) as a move toward collecting disaggregated race-based health data in order to provide reliable population health information for people of African descent in Nova Scotia. 

James R. Johnston (JRJ ) Chair in Black Canadian Studies | @JRJChair |  

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University 

Dept, Community Health & Epidemiology | @OmiSooreDryden 

Co-President, Black Canadian Studies Association | @BlkCdnSA 

#GotBlood2Give #DuSangADonner | @IGotBlood2Give 

Phone: 902.494.6516 


Centre for Clinical Research, Room 423 

5790 University Avenue, Halifax, NS B3H 1V7 

Dr. Barbara Hamilton-Hinch

Dr. Judah Goldstein

Judah Goldstein is the Research Coordinator for Emergency Health Services. Judah is a Primary Care Paramedic and has worked in the EHS ground ambulance system since 2000. He received his Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University in 2013.  Judah is an Assistant Professor with the Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Emergency Medical Services and holds an academic appointment with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Emergency Medicine. His areas of research are frailty assessment and management, geriatrics, and health services research.   
Judah can be reached at 

Steven Estey

Until 2010 Steven was Human Rights Officer with Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) a Canadian-based human rights NGO with members in 135 countries.  From 2003, until the successful conclusion of the negotiations in 2006, he was adviser to the Canadian Government Delegation which helped draft the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).   

Since leaving DPI Steve has focussed on teaching, writing and strategic implementation of CRPD in Canada and around the world.  Recently, in August of 2018, he stepped into the role of Interim National Coordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, a National Disability Rights Organization with which he has been affiliated with in various positions over the past 25 years.  Steve has a BA in Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University and an MA in International Development Studies from St. Mary's University, both in Nova Scotia. 

Dr. Eliza Chandler

Earning her PhD in Social Justice and Education from the University of Toronto in 2014, Eliza Chandler leads a research program that centres disability arts. This research interest came into focus when, from 2014-16, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, an organization in Toronto dedicated to showcasing disability arts and advancing accessible curatorial practice. Chandler is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University where she teaches and researches in the areas of disability arts, critical access studies, social movements, and crip necropolitics. She participates in a number of research projects, including co-directing the SSHRC-funded partnership project, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life. Chandler regularly give lectures on disability arts, accessible curatorial practices, and disability politics in Canada. She sits on the board of directors for the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator. 

Dr. Janice Keefe

Janice Keefe, PhD is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University and holds appointments at Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Graduate Studies and UNB’s School of Graduate Studies. In 2002, she was selected as Mount Saint Vincent’s first Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving Policy which she held from 2002-2012. Dr. Keefe has received provincial, national and international recognition of her research, most recently receiving the Global Ageing Network 2017 Award for Excellence in Applied Research. In 2006, she was awarded the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and appointed Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. Dr. Keefe’s research areas are caregiving policy and practice, continuing care policy and projecting the needs of older Canadians in the future. In the past decade she has published over 60 articles and technical reports. She teaches courses in social policy and aging in the Master of Arts and Undergraduate Program in Family Studies and Gerontology and provides mentorship and supervision to a number of graduate students and post–doctoral fellows.

Dr. Kristin Hadfield

Dr. Kristin Hadfield is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology and the Trinity Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Dr Hadfield's research focuses on how people’s resilience, wellbeing, and mental health can best be promoted. She is particularly interested in what makes children and adolescents thrive when faced with adverse or challenging contexts.

Dr. Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gahagan

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gahagan, PhD (medical sociology), CE (credentialed evaluator) is a Full Professor of Health Promotion in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University and teaches program planning, measurement and evaluation. Jacquie serves as the Co-Director of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Aspects of HIV and HCV ( and also holds Research Associate positions with the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence, the Health Law Institute, the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, is a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and is an Affiliate Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.  

Jacquie’s program of mixed methods health promotion research focuses on evaluating policy and programming interventions using sex and gender-based analyses (SGBA+) to understand and address health inequities among marginalized populations including those living with or affected by HIV, HCV or other STBBIs, the scaling-up of access to innovative HIV testing technologies, older LGBTQ2I populations and housing, primary healthcare utilization among LGBTQ2I communities, and end-of-life decision-making. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, Jacquie worked as an evaluation specialist in public health at the municipal, provincial and national levels in relation to harm reduction, HIV/HCV prevention, and tobacco use cessation. 

Sacha Nadeau

Sacha Nadeau joins our team with a Masters in Family Studies & Gerontology and holds certifications in Scientist Knowledge Translation and patient-oriented research. Her previous research activities focused primarily on long-term care, including projects related to person-centered staffing, dementia-friendly design, reducing social vulnerability, access to primary care and diffusion of care innovations. In her role at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia (ASNS), Sacha coordinates outreach to health care providers as part of their direct referral program and provides educational, supportive counselling to persons living with dementia and their care partners. Sacha also serves as the ASNS Research Liaison, responding to research-related inquiries, facilitating the competition for research awards, interpreting scientific findings, and promoting research as a strategic priority for the ASNS.

Dr. Elaine Moody

Elaine Moody is an Assistant Professor of Nursing whose scholarship is focused on better understanding the context of health and health care for older people, particularly those with complex health and social care needs such as older people with frailty, multimorbidity and dementia. Dr. Moody’s research aims to support older people living in the community and improve the experience of engaging with healthcare. Dr. Moody is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience caring for older people across health settings. 

Trudy Flynn

Trudy Flynn is a retired Nurse from Nova Scotia. She spent the last years of her career as a Geriatric Nurse working mostly with dementia / Alzheimer’s patients. Trudy’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 and Trudy became her primary caregiver, eventually moving her mother into her home and later as her mother’s condition deteriorated into Long Term Care. 

Trudy has had Fibromyalgia for over 2 decades and her first experience with Patient Engagement was in 2014 as part of the steering committee for the CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research)- James Lind Alliance Adult Fibromyalgia Priority Setting Partnership. Trudy was a Patient Representative at the Canadian Pain Summit in Toronto in September, 2014, where she realized that Knowledge Translation and Patient Engagement were issues she was very interested in pursuing. 

In October 2014, Trudy became a Research Ambassador for CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA). In 2017, Trudy coauthored a paper published in the Canadian Journal of Pain, called “A paradigm change to inform Fibromyalgia research priorities by engaging patients and health care professions”. In 2018 Trudy wrote about her James Lind experience in an article titled “The James Lind Alliance: Identifying the Top 10 Canadian Research Priorities for Fibromyalgia - a Patients Perspective” for the CIHR website. 

In 2019 Trudy was a key contributor for the IMHA Online Resource Library: Fibromyalgia section to enable people with Fibromyalgia, Researchers and Clinicians to have a portal to important information on this condition. In 2019 Trudy joined the Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU) to help promote and participate in Patient Engagement in the Maritime Provinces. 

Trudy’s main focus is on research involving dementia, Alzheimer’s, Long Term Care, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Patient Engagement. Trudy recently was chosen to be a Patient Engagement Research Ambassador (PERA) for the CIHR – IMHA. 

Dr. Susan Hardie

Susan Lynn Hardie is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Inc. operating as Eviance. She has been working in the cross-disability field, inclusive of mental health, for thirty-five years in various capacities (i.e. advocate, community organizer, researcher, educator, policy analyst, service provider). Susan is known for having a “foot in two worlds” (academe, diverse disability communities). All work at Eviance embraces intersectional, human rights and reflexive approach. Some recent projects at Eviance include local Winnipeg project working with people with communication challenges to enhance positive interactions with First Responders; national projects for - ODI on intersectionality and disability; ESDC on National AccessAbilities Week; Elections Canada; and Transportation Canada on “shared mobility” – to name a few -; and an Independent Evaluation of programs for the International Disability Alliance. Eviance is a consumer-driven, community-based, and informed, organization that is working towards serving as a knowledge hub on disability issues with a vision of “realizing an inclusive, equitable and accessible society that is sustainable for all”.

Dr. Rachel Herron

Rachel Herron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University and a Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health. Her current research examines the vulnerability and complexity of care relationships, social inclusion and meaningful engagement for people living with dementia, and the diversity of lived experiences of rural mental health. 

Dr. Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences and a research affiliate with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. Informed by feminist and critical disability scholarship, Dr. Kelly uses qualitative methods to explore the politics of care, aging, and Canadian disability movements. She is co-editor of the collection The Aging —Disability Nexus (2020), co-editor of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (2016), and author of Disability Politics and Care: The Challenge of Direct Funding (2016)all published by UBC Press. Dr. Kelly is recognized for her expertise on directly-funded home care in Canada and is presently leading a second CIHR-funded study on this topic.

Dian Day

Dian Day has a background in social justice research, health promotion and community development, most recently in the area of healthy and equitable aging. She holds a BA(Hon) from Acadia University (Sociology), an MA from Dalhousie (Sociology) and is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Queen’s University (Cultural Studies). She is the Regional Coordinator (Antigonish, Pictou and Richmond Counties) for Community Links, a province-wide organization that supports the establishment of age-friendly, inclusive communities, and is also a member of the Pictou West Community Health Board. She is the author of two novels and is currently working on a third, as well as a non-fiction book about food and eating, and a children’s book about food security. Both of Dian’s parents developed dementia at the end of their lives, and she was her father’s primary caregiver for over a decade. 

Janet Kokocki

In my 30 plus year career I have worked in several hospitals and nursing home settings I am presently in my 13th year of employment with the Victorian Order of Nurses as Coordinator of the Adult Day Program Coordinator at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Our Day program offers, not only support to adults with challenges in memory, mobility or social opportunities but also support in the form of respite and education for their caregivers. Over my career, I have assisted in the offering of Caregiver Education Series Presentations as well as the Alzheimer and Related Dementia Care Course in conjunction with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

It has always been an interest of mine to enhance the quality of life for those affected by Dementia and for that reason, I have been thrilled to be invited to be a member of this project.