OYOR Research Team

Principal Investigator:


Research Assistants:

Margaret Dykeman

Margaret Dykeman recently retired from the position of professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick. Since retirement, she has maintained her affiliation with the university by being granted the title of Honorary Research Professor by the President, Dr Campbell. Through her work both as a researcher and as a community activist, Dr. Dykeman has been involved in a number of research studies that have involved HIV, prevention, testing and treatment. She also has been involved in research in the area of injection drug use and policies relating to addiction.

Gregory Harris

Greg became involved in the youth at risk study due to His interests in HIV prevention and at-risk youth. His training is in the area of counselling and psychology. Greg is an associate professor at Memorial University (MUN) in the Faculty of Education. He is currently working on several projects related to HIV prevention. To learn more about his teaching and research, visit his profile at MUN.

Jean Hughes

Dr. Jean Hughes has appointments with Dalhousie University (Nursing) and the IWK Health Centre (Research Scientist, Psychiatry). She is also Senior Editor (Publications) for the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. Her research and publications concentrate on marginalized populations with a focus on mental health issues and are funded by a number of federal and provincial sources. Her research employs multiple methods (quantitative, qualitative), large administrative datasets (publicly funded health and social service data), and is interdisciplinary, community-based, and participatory in nature. Her research also includes expertise from a range of disciplines and sectors (community, government, NGO and university sectors), and integrates diverse research designs to enable a holistic exploration of phenomena. One such study, Growing Together, funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, involved working with family resource centres to build, test, and sustain a cluster of programs designed to promote healthy child development in families with newborns. A current study, the SEAK project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada ($3.1M), focuses on understanding how to roll out a proven mental health promotion intervention in the real world and build sustainability. The study employs the school-wide PATHS program (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) - designed to build social and emotional skills in elementary school children with high inequalities. Several other studies focus on another marginalized population - homeless youth - one exploring their trajectory off the street; another focusing on ways they can navigate services; and still another exploring a skill-building intervention for handling stress. Dr. Hughes employs a range of creative strategies to enhance her teaching such as the use of actors and simulations to make her classes come to life. In addition to traditional academic publications in scholarly journals, she also employs knowledge dissemination approaches involving both community venues (e.g., Café Scientifique – cafe conversations with the community) and creative artistic avenues (e.g., Walking Through Wonderland – short animated film on homeless youth on YouTube). Dr. Hughes’s research is closely linked to her advocacy work at the provincial and national levels with professional regulatory boards, the Canadian Mental Health Association and a number of other community organizations.


Lois Jackson

Scientific Director, Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre
Professor, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University


Jeff Karabanow

Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University

Jo-Ann MacDonald RN PhD

Dr. Jo-Ann MacDonald is an assistant professor with the UPEI School of Nursing. She teaches community and population health in the undergraduate program and qualitative research in the Masters of Nursing program. Jo-Ann’s research focuses on prevention and behavioural issues related to blood borne pathogens (HIV and Hepatitis C) and sexually transmitted infections in vulnerable populations. She recently completed a participatory research project with youth to identify the factors youth believe as important to their sexual health education needs. As a result of youth participation, their views contributed to the form and content of educational resources. The opportunity to be a co-investigator with the Our Youth, Our Response project was a natural fit for Jo-Ann. She is also a co-investigator for the project, Sexual Health Services and Sexual Health Promotion Among Undergraduate Students in the Maritimes.


Gerry Mugford

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Clinical Epidemiology), Memorial University


Audrey Steenbeek

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University School of Nursing

Susan Tirone

Susan Tirone is the associate director of the College of Sustainability and cross-appointed in the School of Health and Human performance at Dalhousie University. She co-teaches a problem-based learning course for second year students in the college using case studies from Community Development and Leisure Studies to inform discussions about how people in their roles as employers and employees, as volunteers, as voters, and as consumers and engaged citizens have the potential to address many of the sustainability problems we face. Susan’s research focuses on leisure, community development and on people who are marginalized due to ethnicity, health status, and gender. Susan became involved in this project because of her interest in youth and how leisure plays out in their lives, at times facilitating involvement, and other times and in some circumstances alienating them from community, friends and meaningful activity.