Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to recruiting exceptional and diverse scholars and recognized as a leader in applied research. Meet MSVU’s Postdoctoral Fellows and learn about their research interests.

Dr. Sylvia Chanda Kalindi

Institution where you received your PhD and program: PhD in Developmental Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Supervisor at MSVU and lab/research centre: Dr Susan Brigham, Faculty of Education.

Description of your research area: To understand the performance lag of African Nova Scotian (ANS) early childhood learners, Dr. Kalindi intends to use an Africentric approach to examine the nature and levels of emergent literacy support provided by the ANS community and families to early learners. Focusing on emergent writing development, Dr. Kalindi will explore the varied experiences associated with providing this support, including challenges triggered by the COVID-19 crises. Findings should inform a framework and strategies that address challenges.

What are you particularly enjoying about your research at MSVU? As a Mitacs Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow, I benefit greatly from the synergies between industry and academia. As such, I am very privileged to work alongside a dedicated and amazing team of researchers from both fronts (i.e., MSVU and Delmore ‘Buddy’ Daye Learning Institute, DBDLI). This collaboration is key to developing a framework for an Africentric best practice to prevent further achievement gaps among ANS learners.

Dr. Mary Jean Hande

Institution where you received your PhD and program: Adult Education and Community Development, University of Toronto

Supervisor at MSVU and lab/research centre: Dr. Janice Keefe, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging

Description of research area: Dr. Hande draws on critical disability studies, feminist, anti-racist, and historical materialist approaches to understanding care work and care policy in an aging, globalizing world. Her research is community-engaged and prioritizes marginalized perspectives and transformative social change. Her postdoctoral work is affiliated with a CIHR Late Life Issues grant examining quality of life domains in Canada’s long term residential care policy. She also leads a SSHRC Insight Development Grant exploring the policy landscape and experiences of (im)migrant home care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are you particularly enjoying about your research at MSVU?: When I started my fellowship at the MSVU in 2018, I was particularly excited to be a part of MSVU’s proud history of women leaders and feminist scholarship. Over the years my appreciation of the current MSVU community has deepened as the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging has allowed me to work with many of Canada’s leading gerontology and care policy experts, while also enjoying a close-knit, highly supportive research environment.

Dr. Colin Osmond

Institution where you received your PhD: University of Saskatchewan

Supervisor at MSVU: Dr. Martha Walls, Department of History

Description of  your research area: Dr. Osmond is a Community-Engaged historian who is currently working with the Pictou Landing First Nation on a project that analyzes the ways that Industrial Colonialism has shaped Mi’kmaw lives and livelihoods in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. His current project looks at how the expansion of several industries in Mi’kma’ki challenged Mi’kmaw access to resources, while also providing new opportunities for wage labour and the sale of Mi’kmaw produced goods (such as axe and pick handles for coal mining). He is also keenly interested in the history of Canadian settler colonialism, and the ways that it continues to function in Canadian society today.

What are you particularly enjoying about your research at MSVU?: After spending nearly a decade living in Western Canada, I am thrilled to return home to Nova Scotia to join the Mount community. As a Bora Laskin Fellow in Human Rights Research,  I am honoured to contribute to the Mount’s reputation as a forward thinking institution that highly values social justice and equity in academic research.

Dr. Maryam Akbari

Institution where you received your PhD and program: PhD of Nutritional Sciences (Minor: Nutritional Biochemistry), Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Tehran, Iran.

Supervisor at MSVU and lab/research centre: Dr. Bohdan Luhovyy, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Centre for Applied Research (CAR) Building

Description of your research area: Dr. Maryam Akbari is interested in nutritional approaches regarding prevention/treatment of obesity and chronic diseases, mechanisms regulating macronutrient metabolism and energy balance, and also cellular pathways in the study of human metabolism in vitro. Her optimum goal of research is in the hopes of coordinating dietary and lifestyle interventions that support and promote lifelong health. She is currently coordinating a long-term clinical trial at MSVU investigating how dietary modifications could impact anthropometric and metabolic indices in overweight individuals. She is also involved in several short-term clinical and animal projects.

What are you particularly enjoying about your research at MSVU? She is fascinated about how research questions are answered through a series of aligned projects initiated by in vitro studies to human trials at the Appetite Lab. Working alongside incredible faculty mentors, the high spirit of teamwork and the friendly atmosphere at MSVU provides great motivation for her research.

Dr. De-Lawrence Lamptey

Institution where you received your PhD and program: PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University

Supervisor at MSVU and lab/research centre: Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac in the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre

Description of your research area: Dr. Lamptey’s research area includes studying the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on young children and their families; best practices to promote inclusion and participation for children with disabilities; resiliency and disability; and global child health.

What are you particularly enjoying about your research at MSVU? Collaborating with a brilliant inter-professional research team to improve our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 global pandemic on families and young children