Dean - Dr. Brenda Merritt


Telephone: (902) 494-2345

To meet with Dr. Merritt, please contact her administrative assistant:

Executive Director, Planning and Strategy - Suzie Officer

Telephone: (902) 494-4169

Executive Assistant to the Dean - Cheryl Brown

Cheryl joined the Dean's Office staff in November 2014 and has an extensive background over several levels of administrative support and management in both profit and non-profit business environments.  Cheryl is responsible for managing the day-to-day business of the Dean.  This includes coordinating the Dean’s schedule and meetings, providing her with administrative support as needed, and liaising with various internal and external stakeholders.    In addition to her duties for the Dean, Cheryl acts as event planner for the Dean’s Office for recurring and special events, including conferences, special lectures, holiday events and more.

Telephone: (902) 494-2345

Administrative Assistant/Reception - TBA


Associate Dean Research

Associate Dean Research - Dr. Shaun Boe

Director, Research Services - Juliana Serroul

Administrative Secretary to the Associate Dean (Research) - Janet MacDonald

Program Coordinator, PhD Health Program - Shanon Phelan

Program Administrator, PhD Health - Tracey Dubé

Managing Director, Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) – Gillian Ritcey

Manager, Pulse Health Innovation Sandbox – Natasha Breward

Associate Dean Academic

Associate Dean Academic - Dr. Marion Brown

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean Academic - João Magalhães


Communications & Marketing

Director, Communications and External Relations - Dawn Morrison

Dawn Morrison joined the Dal Health team as the Manager of Communications and Marketing in 2018. Some of you might remember Dawn from her work in various communications roles at Dal since 2004; mainly within the central Communications & Marketing office.

Dawn brings with her considerable experience in university communications. In addition to her work at Dalhousie, she has undertaken contract work though her company Too Many Words Consulting for St. Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier, Mount Allison University, the University of King’s College and Cape Breton University. She has also completed a six-month contract with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) over the last year.

A journalist by training, Dawn has been the editor of Dal News and has been published frequently in Dal Magazine.

Telephone: (902) 494-2594

Communications Officer - Terry Murray-Arnold

Digital Communications Specialist - TBA

Development & Alumni Engagement

Development Officer - Beth Nugent

Alumni and Donor Relations Officer - TBA



Director of Finance - Jessica Corrigan

Jessica Corrigan joined the Faculty of Health in August 2020. Jessica has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University (2011) and a Masters of Business Administration (Financial Services) from Dalhousie University (2020).

Jessica joined Dalhousie in 2013 from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), and has held various positions in the Budget Office, Controller’s Office and Facilities Management.

Telephone: (902) 494-7195


Financial Analyst - Thaíssa Honda

Human Resources

Director of Human Resources - Cathie Smith-Gillis

Manager of Human Resources - Lauren Brierley