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REB Advanced Stream 1: Building Resilience in the REB

Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM
Director, Research Outreach and Compliance, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Crystal White
Co-Chair, Health Research Ethics Board, Island Health
Dawn Pollon, PhD
Island Health
Diana Raymond-Watts
DRW & Associates
Katarin MacLeod, PhD
Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University
Melissa Dobson, PhD
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 08:30 to 16:30

1. Distress or de-stress: How to deal effectively with life’s daily stressors

Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Stress does not discriminate – research ethics professionals worldwide are feeling its effects. Do you ever feel that there are just not enough minutes in the day or days in the week? Is your worklife integration in need of some adjustment or does it not exist at all? This interactive workshop will examine issues that adversely affect the stress level of research ethics professionals, explore the core principles of anger management, and discover ways to de-stress on a daily basis - right from the comfort of your own home, office, or anywhere at all.

Learning Objectives  1. To recognize the situations that cause stress and the warning signs our bodies give us  2. To explore and adapt proven methods of meditation and relaxation to ensure a healthier professional outlook as a means to improved worklife integration 

2. How harnessing the energy of conflict can power your REB: Tips, tricks and transgressions

Crystal White, Co-Chair, Health Research Ethics Board, Board Member Restorative Justice Victoria, Quality, Safety  & Improvement Consultant

How harnessing the energy of conflict can power your REB:  Tips, Tricks and Transgressions

3. Putting out fires with a thimble: Case studies and problem-solving

Dawn Pollon, CAREB-ACCER Director, Health Research Ethics Board Coordinator, Island Health

Diana Raymond-Watts, CAREB-ACCER Director, Founder and Principle consultant DRW & associates

Katarin MacLeod, Associate Professor St. Francis Xavier Univeristy

Melissa Dobson, CAREB-ACCER Director, REB Chair and Faculty at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Many REBs deal with conflict, stress and, eventually, resolutions. In this group discussion, situations are presented, solutions are discussed and trials and tribulations will be shared. The aim of this panel is to share a joint awareness of conflicts each REB encounters and possibly share solutions that are novel and insightful for everyone.

Speaker Biographies

Melissa Dobson joined the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology as a faculty member and was quickly given the role of Research Ethics Board chair. She has a PhD from the University of Calgary where she discovered genes involved in the vitamin B12 pathway, an MSc in brewing microbiology where she discovered a new species of bacteria. She has an ongoing passion for learning, critical thinking, ethics and science. Melissa is currently sits on the CAREB Board of Directors with the portfolio of planning the pre-conference workshop.

Dr. Katarin MacLeod has been involved in the Canadian education system for 20 years and has worked with colleagues around the world to develop and foster educational practices, which bring success to both students and teachers. She has a taught within the public school systems of three provinces and one territory, then later, as a university professor in the field of Education whereby she has taught various education courses at the undergraduate, pre-service and graduate levels. She has conducted educational research in the areas of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, PER (Physics Education Research), and assessment practices. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Canadian Journal of Physics, the European Journal of Physics Education, the Journal of Workplace Rights, and Physics Education. Dr. MacLeod has mentored many colleagues from the natural science areas as they embark upon educational research within their classroom and laboratory settings. She has served as a member of the REB at St. Francis Xavier University and has led many graduate students through the REB process. She is an active member of CAREB and is the chair of the Webinar Working Group, a subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee.

Dawn Pollon, PhD Dawn received her Doctorate from the University of Toronto, OISE, in Human Development and Applied Psychology. She holds a Masters of Education from Brock University, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelors (Hons.) degree in Philosophy from the University of Regina. Dawn is Island Health’s Research Ethics Coordinator for the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) in Victoria BC. The HREB reviews everything from behavioural studies to genetics and in 2017, reviewed 170 new and ongoing studies. Dawn has been a practicing qualitative analyst for 17 years and has publications in the Journal of Research Practice, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and Disability and Society. She has worked with researchers from Bhutan; the Maldives; the UK; the Centre for Leadership in Learning, McMaster University; Diagnostic Radiology Program, McMaster University; Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Institute for Child Study, (U of T); PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo; and United Nations University.

Diana Raymond-Watts the founder and principal consultant at DRW & Associates - a boutique management consulting firm focused on improving health services through operational excellence. She is an accomplished healthcare leader with over 10 years of experience in corporate research policy development; research ethics board management; quality improvement and project management. Diana is currently serving as the Project Manager and Implementation Lead for primary care transformation initiatives in east Toronto.

Debra Schaller-Demers has been in research management for 15 years. As Research Outreach and Compliance Director at MSK, she has oversight for 1) A quality assurance program to ensure compliance with all regulations pertaining to grants/contracts management; 2) Programs to educate and train the research community in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and about related policies, procedures, and initiatives; 3) Mechanisms to communicate effectively with the MSK research community to provide timely information in support of its research activities; 4) Policies and procedures that deal with issues of research integrity (including assistance with investigation of research misconduct allegations), compliance and administration; and 5) External outreach initiatives to foster an awareness of MSK’s research and technology transfer competencies and successes. In addition, she serves as administrative contact for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight, and administrative director for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and the Export Controls program. Schaller-Demers is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO) and is a long-standing member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI). She has held several SRAI positions and is a frequent facilitator in the areas of research Integrity and professional development. She is a Co-Investigator for the ORI funded conference grant, Supporting Responsible Research Organizations: A Framework for Engaged Research Managers and Administrators and is the author of a chapter on RCR programs for: Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers, a book published by Information Age Press in 2015.

Crystal White is the co-chair of the Island Health, Health Research Ethics Board (HREB). Prior to this appointment, she had served for 5 years as an active member of the HREB. She was also a founding member and Board Co-Chair for Restorative Justice Victoria and an active volunteer with at the William Head Correctional Institute. Crystal has a passion for applying conflict transformation skills and a strengths-based approach to build innovative, resilient and happy-high-functioning teams. She has an MA in Dispute Resolution, and her research interests are patient partners in research, participatory action research, optimizing patient and family experience in healthcare and mental health. She is also actively involved in health care quality improvement (QI) initiatives in Island Health. Crystal is part of a working group that launched a QI ethics screening and consultation process for health care quality improvement initiatives. Crystal also sits on the Island Health organizational and clinical ethics steering committee.