The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Student and Postdoctoral Engagement Committee (SPEC) exists to support the professional development of graduate and postdoctoral students who are working in the area of military, Veteran, public safety personnel and family health research. The overarching mission of the CIMVHR SPEC is to maintain and expand this field of research by including and supporting trainees and students to enter and engage the field.

The SPEC provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. Network and support each other during their graduate education.
  2. Learn about professional development opportunities related to military, Veteran, public safety personnel and family health research.
  3. Be connected to the larger national bodies central to this area of research.

The SPEC aims to have a vibrant graduate student and postdoctoral community, which is recognized for its potential contributions to the development of excellence in the field of military, Veteran, public safety personnel and family health research both in Canada and around the world.

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Privacy Policy

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its members, researchers, clients, contributors, donors and other stakeholders. We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.

The SPEC Executive: Who we are

The SPEC Executive includes students and postdocs from across Canada. We are keen to foster dialogue between the many remarkable students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of military, Veteran, PSP and family health across Canada and around the world.

Lorraine Smith-MacDonald
SPEC Chair
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
Research Population: Military and Veteran
Denise DuBois
Communication Co-Director
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Research Population: Military/PSP Families
Shannon Hill
Recruitment Director
PhD Candidate, Queen’s University
Research Population: Military Families
Janice Tilly
Forum Co-Chair and Communication Co-Director
PhD Student, University of Manitoba
Research Population: Military and Veteran
Ashley Williams
Forum Co-Chair
PhD Candidate, Queen’s University
Research Population: Veteran and Families

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