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Dr. Margot Latimer’s Research Team

Research Staff

Emily MacLeod, MA

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Research Projects Coordinator

Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts & Community Studies degree (psychology major) at Cape Breton University and went on to complete her Master of Arts in Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has worked as a research coordinator for several years at both the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University. Her research interests are focused on children and youth and include early childhood support services, children and youth with special needs and childhood pain.

Tara Hatfield, RN


Research Nurse Coordinator

She has been employed with the IWK since 1993 and works clinically in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the IWK Regional Poison Center.  Tara has been working in Children’s Pain Research with Dr. Latimer since 2010 and with the Research Department of Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine since 2014.  She is devoted to children’s health issues and the improvement of their health care.

John R Sylliboy


Community Research Project Coordinator, ACHH Initiative

John is from Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community and resides in Halifax.  He  graduated in International Relations from Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. John worked over 15  years in Costa Rica, Washington, DC, and Colombia in education, youth leadership and community  development.

John is enrolled at Mount Saint Vincent University in MAEd in Educational Foundations. He is also an advisor with the Mount Saint Vincent University Aboriginal Advisory; the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Working Committee on Aboriginal Issues; and the Atlantic Aboriginal Advisors Networking Group (AAANG).

Julie Francis, RN

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Eskasoni Community Research Nurse, ACHH Initiative

Julie Francis is a Registered Nurse from Eskasoni First Nation. Julie completed her nursing education at Saint Francis Xavier University and now works as both the Community Health Nurse and Maternal Child Health Nurse at Eskasoni Community Health Centre.  Check out Julie’s Nurse’s To Know article in Canadian Nurse.

Doctoral Students

Rebecca Earle, MSc(A) (Nursing, McGill University)

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PhD in Nursing Student (Dalhousie University)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Medicine, IWK Health Centre

Research interests: pain in pediatric critical care, advance care planning for children with life limiting illness, palliative care/bereavement followup, knowledge translation and support for health care professionals to implement evidence into practice Thesis Topic: Caring for critically ill children and their families: Using appreciative inquiry to examine supportive care in the PICU

Clinical experience: I have worked as a bedside nurse in both pediatric medicine and in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Funding: CIHR TROPIC Fellowship (2009-2010); Rising Research Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) (2009-2010)

Masters Students

Helen McCord, BScN, RN

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Masters of Nursing Student (Dalhousie University)

Thesis Topic – Exploring Nurses’ Perceptions on the use of Kangaroo Mother Care to Reduce Pain During Heel Lance Procedures

Funding – CIHR Team in Children’s Pain Master’s Fellowship, IWK operating Grant

Helen’s research interests are centered in the pain in child health domain. Her objective is to understand how we support nurses to facilitate optimal management for procedures known to cause pain. She hopes to focus her future research on the assessment, management and knowledge translation of research in the area of pediatric pain.

Jennifer Williams, BN, RN

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Master of Nursing Student (Dalhousie University)

Thesis Topic: Neonatal Palliative Care: Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration

Funding: Network for End of Life Studies-Interdisciplinary Collaboration Education Research Grant, Ruby Blois Scholarship through the IWK Health Centre, Margaret Ferguson Scholarship through the IWK Health Centre.

Jennifer graduated May 2002 with a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She began her nursing career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the IWK Health Centre. It was through her clinical experience in the NICU that she became interested in neonatal palliative care. She currently works as a Professional Development Coordinator at the IWK Health Centre where she works with a variety of care teams and disciplines.