Our Research Team
Dr. Maya Eichler
Dr. Maya Eichler is the Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Canadian Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies at the Mount.
Read more about Dr. Eichler and her roles as the Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement.
Dr. Leigh Spanner, PhD
Dr. Leigh Spanner is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs. At the Centre she is contributing to research on gender and the transition from military to civilian life in Canada. Dr. Spanner holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alberta, where her doctoral research focused on Canadian military families. Her research engages questions of gender, militaries and international security.
Kimberley Smith-Evans, MA
Kimberley Smith-Evans holds a BA (Hons.) in Psychology (University of New Brunswick) and a MA in Family Studies and Gerontology (Mount Saint Vincent University). Her MA thesis research examined the role of spousal support in the development of post-traumatic growth among military Veteran couples living with post-traumatic stress disorder. In her role as Research Manager, Kimberley oversees general project management and conducts research supporting the Centre’s two main research projects on “Transition and Well-being of CAF Members” and “Gender and the Transition from Military to Civilian Life in Canada”.
Mary O’Brien, BA
Mary O’Brien graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies in May 2019. Mary’s work at the Centre focuses on the upcoming publication of an edited volume on Community Stories of War and Peace, to which she provides editorial and research assistance.
PhD Student Collaborators
Victoria Tait, Carleton University
Victoria Tait is PhD candidate in the Political Studies department at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her research focuses on feminist studies, specifically on gender in the Canadian Armed Forces. Her dissertation examines how the international feminist norms that underpin United Nations Resolution 1325 are translated into gender mainstreaming policy in the Canadian military. For more information, please visit Victoria’s Carleton biography page.
Walter Callaghan, University of Toronto
Walter Callaghan is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department at University of Toronto. His area of study is Medical Anthropology and his research interests include PTSD, mental health, gendered identity, military masculinity, stigma, moral injury and subjective experience.
Dr. Claudia Brunner, PhD
Dr. Brunner is visiting the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs in April 2019. Dr. Brunner is an assistant professor at the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Her research focuses on gender, peace studies, and epistemic violence. More information on her research can be found here.
Dr. Deborah Norris, PhD
Dr. Deborah Norris is a Professor in Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. For more information, please visit Dr. Norris’ biography page.
Dr. John Whelan, PhD
Dr. John Whelan is an Adjunct Professor in Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University, and a former military psychologist now working with veterans in private practice in Halifax. For more information, please visit Dr. Whelan’s biography page.
Denise Landry, MEd
Denise graduated from Acadia University’s Master of Education Counselling Program. Her thesis work, conducted as Canada’s military engagement in Afghanistan ended, explored the capacity of Canadian Veterans as they navigated the post-military transition systems available to soldiers who are medically released after their service. Denise is interested and involved in Veteran-initiated change and challenges to entrenched models of service provision and policy. Denise currently works at Avalon Assault Centre (Halifax) as a Registered Counselling Therapist, where she employs a feminist and trauma-informed approach to her work. At Avalon, she takes a special interest in the experiences of military members and Veterans.
Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Adesina
Oluwatomisin Adesina is an undergraduate student at Mount Saint Vincent University completing a Bachelor of Public Relations with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also a CNIB ambassador. At the Centre, Tomi assists with general office management including organizing and promoting events and providing administrative support.
Ellie Lamothe is an undergraduate student at Mount Saint Vincent University completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her work at the Centre focuses on researching the experiences of military sexual trauma survivors with the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, as well as providing copy-editing and administrative assistance. She is an Executive Member of the MSVU Feminist Collective.
Brittney Roughan, MSc
Brittney Roughan holds a MSc in Environmental Science from St. Francis Xavier University and a BSc in Environmental Science from McGill University. During her time at the Centre (2016-2019), Brittney assumed the role of Grants Manager and assisted Dr. Eichler with general project management. Brittney also worked with the Global Aging and Community Initiative and the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre at the Mount and was the Canadian Institutes of Health Research delegate for the university.
Xue Bai, MEd
Xue Bai graduated in 2019 from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Master’s degree in Education. Her primary work at the Centre included data analysis and literature reviews, as well as administrative assistance.
Elizabeth Hill is an undergraduate student in the Cultural Studies and English Programs at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her primary work at the Centre included note-taking, literature reviews, editing, and event organizing.
Sophie Boileau, BA
Sophie Boileau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Peace and Conflict studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2018. At the Centre, she was involved in event planning and promotion and provided administrative assistance. She was a founding member of the MSVU Politics Society.
Jieyu Chen, BBA
Jieyu Chen graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University’s Business Administration program with a major in Strategic Human Resource Management and a minor in Management in 2017. In her role as the Events and Project Manager at the Centre, Jieyu was involved in managing the Centre’s research projects. Jieyu aims to become a certified Project Manager (PMI designation) and is currently a SAP Human Capital Management Consultant at IBM Canada.
Hayley Bone, BA
During her time at the Centre, Hayley Bone worked to support the Mount Network for Community-Engaged Research on War (NCERW) and organized the Centre’s movie nights. While at Mount Saint Vincent University, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Political Studies.
Charlotte Kiddell, BA (Hons.)
Charlotte Kiddell graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Psychology in 2016. At the Centre, Charlotte worked on the Network for Community-Engaged Research on War (NCERW) and coordinated the Annual Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-C) Workshop 2016. While studying at MSVU, Charlotte was actively involved in community organizing – she was the founder of the MSVU Feminist Collective and the former Women’s Representative of Canadian Federation of Student Nova Scotia.
Sheila Leroux, BA
Sheila Leroux completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration Certification at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2017. Sheila returned to university after completing 24 years of military service as a Resource Management Supervisor in the Navy. Her time with the military allowed her to develop her interests in policy, people management and many factors of communication. She currently works for the Department of National Defence in a civilian management role.
Lori Oliver, MA
Lori Oliver graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies in 2016 and obtained a Master of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University in 2017. She is specializing in comparative politics and has a particular interest in the interconnections between nationalism and social policy. Lori’s work at the Centre focused on reviewing governmental veterans policies and veterans experiences in interacting with such policies.
Meaghan Babin, BA
Meaghan Babin graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. In her time working at the Centre, Meaghan helped organize the Annual Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-C) Workshop 2016.