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Dal Health Achievements ‑ March 2018

Posted by Trudi Smith on March 12, 2018 in Dal Health Achievements

Robyn Burns received the Future Scholars Award from the Academy of Leisure Sciences. (Provided photo)

Congratulations to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends on their recent achievements.



  • Health and Human Performance's Matt Numer recently recived two CIHR Grants:
    •  CIHR Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Program - Aboriginal Stream, "Indigenous boys' and men's sexual health: A community inspired framework for culturally-based interventions." $40,000
    • CIHR Operating Grant - HIV/AIDS CBR Program - General "New technologies and chemical culture: Examining deployment and effects among MSM." $447,836
  • Occupational Therapy's Niki Kiepek was awarded a CIHR Patient-Oriented Research Capacity Develoment grant in the amount of $30,000 for the project "Effectively responding to substance use among inpatients."
  • Lois Jackson, School of Health and Human Performance, has received a CIHR Operating Grant - HIV/AIDS CBR Program in the amount of $444,073 for "Preventing the spread of HIV: The critical role of addiction treatment services." Health and Human Performance's Jacqueline Gahagan, and Occupational Therapy's Niki Kiepek are co-investigators on the project.
  • An interprofessional team from the School of Health and Human Performance and the Faculty of Medicine have received the Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness from CIHR. The team members are:
    • Robyn Burns - MA Candidate, Leisure Studies
    • Kirk Furlotte - MA Candidate, Health Promotion
    • Phillip Joy - PhD Health student
    • Matthew Lee - MD Student


  • Nursing PhD student Martha Paynter has received the 2018 SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit by the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. The award recognizes women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their university and in the community while maintaining an exemplary academic record. Martha will be presented with the award at the SWAAC gala on April 27.
  • Martha Paynter has also received the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) Rising Star Award. Rising Star Awards recognize RNs in Nova Scotia who are recent nursing graduates and have exceeded their professional expectations, demonstrated excellence in the application of the CRNNS standards for nursing practice, and have shown early potential to excel at nursing excellence.
  • Nursing's Megan Aston has received the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) Excellence in Nursing Research Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession.
  • Robyn Burns, an MA Leisure Studies student in the School of Health and Human Performance, received the Future Scholars Award from the Academy of Leisure Sciences. Robyn was presented with the award at the Academy's conference in Indianapolis in February.
  • Michael Hadskis, School of Health Administration, recived the Schulich School of Law's Hanna and Harold Barnett Award for Excellece in Teaching First Year Law.