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Fatima was born and raised in Lebanon in the Middle East. In 2005, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Lebanese University, and in 2007, she obtained a Master of Science degree in nursing with focus on chronic disease management from the American University of Beirut. She worked as a diabetes nurse, research coordinator, and was involved in planning community based programs with national and international organizations in Lebanon.

Fatima is now working towards PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, focusing on the relationship between health literacy and various aspects of diabetes management and outcomes (adherence, glycemic control, development of complications, health services utilization, and health related quality of life).

Joining ACHORD through working on the Alberta Caring for Diabetes project was a great opportunity for Fatima. She enjoys working and learning with and from her colleagues and all ACHORD team members. Fatima thinks that her training and work at ACHORD is assisting her in exploring and building her potential and capabilities, and facilitating her academic and professional development.

Diane Aubin

Senior Research Administrator

Dr. Diane Aubin has joined us in the ACHORD offices, as the new Associate Director for the Career Development in Methods and Health Services Research Platform of the Alberta "Strategies for Patient Oriented Research" (SPOR) SUPPORT unit at the University of Alberta. She will be working with Dr. Dean Eurich, who is the Joint Platform Lead with Dr. Marilynne Hebert of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Diane recently completed a PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, with a grounded theory study on the psychology of shame and its impact on health professionals when they make mistakes. She worked at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) while she completed her studies, and continues to have a research interest in the area of patient safety, and more specifically on mental health of our healthcare workers. Diane has two daughters whom she visits often in Ottawa (her home town) and Waterloo.



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Samantha graduated with A Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish from the University of Alberta in 1997. She then completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Alberta in 2001. Samantha still felt she had not tortured herself enough, so she pursued a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Alberta, completing it in 2009. Her PhD dissertation focused on the moderating role of different antidiabetic therapies on the outcome of cancer mortality in people with type 2 diabetes. This very exciting research topic has allowed Samantha to pursue various collaborations and opportunities with a number of colleagues in places such as British Columbia, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. Samantha has been with the ACHORD group for 9 years and enjoys the rich and diverse research environment that surrounds her.

Samantha spends her spare time playing tennis, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking, cross-country skiing, running, and playing with her chocolate lab BACA.


Mu Lin

Data Analyst

Mu completed his BSc degree major in Applied Mathematics in 2007 at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. The enthusiasm in Mathematics and Statistics eventually led Mu to University of Alberta in fall 2007 for his master program in Statistics in Mathematical and Statistical department. He completed his MSc degree in September 2009 and started his PHD program in Statistics since fall 2009. He is now a PHD candidate and will defend his thesis in October 2013.

Working in ACHORD is a great opportunity for him to apply his knowledge of Statistics and bio statistics into health science related research. He is also excited to learn from the experienced people in the ACHORD Group and help with data analysis. Mu is also a super fan of soccer and badminton. In his spare time, he plays soccer almost every weekend.

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Project Support Officer, SPOR

Michelle is the Project Support Officer for the Career Development in Methods and Health Services Research Platform of the Alberta "Strategies for Patient Oriented Research" (SPOR) SUPPORT unit at the University of Alberta. Michelle completed her Physical Education, Education and Masters of Educational Leadership Degree at the University of Alberta. Her Masters was focused on essential components of the training process of health promotion leaders. She spent a few years as a teacher before she returned to the University of Alberta, joining the School of Public Health. Michelle worked with two initiatives focused on comprehensive school health and was honoured to learn about health promotion in various diverse Alberta communities. Michelle is passionate about life-long learning and creating positive environments for professional development to be successful.


Research Administrator

Sherry Lydynuik joined the ACHORD Group in April of 2006. Sherry also hails from Saskatchewan like many people in ACHORD.  In 1996, Sherry started working at the University of Alberta in the Ocular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology.  Sherry is also very happy to be an Edmontonian and to be part of the growing and ever changing ACHORD Group.





Statistical Analyst

Weiyu Qiu was born and grew up in Nanjing, China, a beautiful historic city which does not lack modern elements. Weiyu completed her BSc degree in Applied Mathematics in 2007 at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.  During her undergraduate study, she gradually discovered her true interest and talent, which brought her to Canada to finish an MSc degree in Statistics at University of Alberta in 2009. Then her desire to spread statistics in health related applications promoted her completion of another MSc degree in Epidemiology at University of Alberta in 2011.

Joining the ACHORD right after her graduation makes Weiyu call herself “a lucky girl”. The job perfectly satisfies her passion in applying statistical methodologies to epidemiologic and biostatistical issues in health sciences, and also allows her to keep close to the friends she made in Edmonton during the past four years. For her spare time, reading, traveling, and photography are the top three things on her list.  She also loves what most people think Chinese are good at: table tennis and badminton, but unfortunately, no Chinese Kungfu.

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Research Associate, ABCD

Lisa is a medical anthropologist specializing in health services research and evaluation in chronic and infectious diseases. As a Research Associate for ACHORD, Lisa designs and manages multiple qualitative and mixed-method studies as well as health program evaluations. In addition, she mentors students, staff, and academics in qualitative research and evaluation methods through consultations, presentations, and written materials. Lisa has expertise in grounded theory, ethnography, qualitative description, and phenomenology and experience working in academic, community, clinical, and private settings.

Before joining ACHORD in 2010, Lisa was a Research Associate at Charis Management Consulting Inc., where she worked as part of a team conducting health research and evaluation at the local, provincial, and national level. As a former Research Associate in the Centre for Health Promotion Studies at the University of Alberta, she managed several multi-method research studies examining the health, social and economic barriers to service utilization among people who inject drugs in Edmonton's inner city. In addition, Lisa‘s thesis research examined the explanatory models of gestational diabetes among immigrant women and clinical staff at a local Diabetes Outpatient Clinic to improve communication and service provision.

Lisa is a member of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology and the Canadian Evaluation Society. Currently, she is working toward becoming a certified trainer in ATLAS.ti.

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