Staff

Centre Manager | Research Scientists | Executive Assistant

Centre Manager – Tara Isenor

Tara holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Health Care Management (MHCM) from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, she holds a Financial Counseling Designation (PFC) from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Tara comes to us from Capital Health (CH) in Halifax, NS where she was mentored by the CEO in Executive Leadership while she fulfilled various management roles. Recently, she completed a secondment from CH to Nova Scotia’s Department of Health as the Project Manager for the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Health Transformation Division. Tara brings extensive managerial experience from the Health and Financial sectors to the Atlantic RURAL Center. She is also a freelance writer and in the process of getting her Children’s Book Series published. Tara is married with one son.

Contact Information
Phone: (902) 494-7446
Fax: (902) 494-1597
Email: tara.isenor@dal.ca
Mailing Address:
Community Health & Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
5790 University Avenue, Rm 408
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

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Research Scientist – Dr. Mark Gibson

Current Position
Assistant Professor (Teaching Faculty), Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
Research Scientist, Atlantic RURAL Centre, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
Adjunct Professor. Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University
External Scholar, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Degrees
Ph.D., Environmental Health, University of Strathclyde, 2004
M.Sc, Instrumental Process Analytical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, 1995
Post Graduate Student, Environmental Science, University of Stirling, 1990
B.A., Honours, Environmental Studies, Sheffield City Polytechnic, 1989

Areas of Interest
Dr. Mark Gibson’s research interests encompasses multimedia exposure and assessment of environmental toxic contaminants of health concern in air, food, land and water. His research focus centres on ambient/indoor/personal and occupational air pollution assessment and control. He has a special interest in the chemical, physical and toxicological characterization of atmospheric inhalable particles and their sub-fractions found in different microenvironments.

Language Skills
English

Publications
Gibson, M. D.; Heal, M. R.; Bache, D. H.; Hursthouse, A. S.; Beverland, I. J.; Craig, S. E.; Clark, C. F.; Jackson, M. H.; Guernsey, J. R.; Jones, C. Using mass reconstruction along a four-site transect as a method to interpret PM10 in west central Scotland, UK. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. 2009 Accepted for publication.[pdf]

Gibson, M. D.; Guernsey, J. R.; Beauchamp, S.; Waugh, D.; Heal, M. R.; Brook, J. R.; Maher, R.; Gagnon, G. A.; McPherson, J. P.; Bryden, B.; Gould, R.; Terashima, M., Quantifying the Spatial and Temporal Variation of Ground-level Ozone in the Rural Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada using Nitrite-impregnated Passive Samplers. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association. 2008, (In Print). [pdf]

Davidson, C. M.; Gibson, M. D.; Hamilton, E.; MacGillivray, B. H.; Reglinski, J.; Rezabal, E., The long-term environmental behaviour of strontium and barium released from former mine workings in the granites of the Sunart region of Scotland, UK. Chemosphere. 2005, 58, 793-798. [pdf]

Okay, O. S.; Gibson, M.; Gaines, A.; Davie, A. M., Introduction to Competition Between Continuous Cultures of Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Dunaliella tertiolecta. Journal of Environmental Science and Health. 2005, 40, 2117-2134. [pdf]

McNeilly, J. D.; Heal, M. R.; Beverland, I. J.; Howe, A.; Gibson, M. D.; Hibbs, L. R.; MacNee, W.; Donaldsona, K., Soluble transition metals cause the pro-inflammatory effects of welding fumes in vitro. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 2004, 196, 95-107. [pdf]

Sun, F.; Littlejohn, D.; Gibson, M. D., Ultrasonication extraction and solid phase extraction clean-up for determination of US EPA 16 priority pollutant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils by reversed-phase liquid chromatography with ultraviolet absorption detection. Analytica Chimica Acta. 1998, 364, 1-11. [pdf]

Gibson, M. D.; Jackson, M. H.; Murdoch, F., Relationship between the concentration of atmospheric polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and traffic density in an urban street (Hope Street, Glasgow). International Environmental Technology. 1997, (February), 25-27.

Presentations (Powerpoint)

AQ 2008 Niagara Falls – Mark Gibson (pdf)

Contact Information
Phone: (902) 494-7019
Fax: (902) 494-1597
Email: mark.gibson@dal.ca
Mailing Address:

Atlantic RURAL Centre
Community Health & Epidemiology
Dalhousie University, NRC-IMB
1411 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H3Z1

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Research Scientist – Martha Paynter

Current Position
Research Scientist, Atlantic RURAL Centre, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Degrees
M.Sc., Health Research methodology, McMaster University, 2007
M.D.E., Development Economics, Dalhousie University,
2004 B.A., McGill University, 2001

Areas of Interest
Martha Paynter’s research interests include regulation of drugs and health technologies; economic equity, inclusion, and access to health services; and women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her research focuses on the connections between social and economic wellbeing, enviroments, and health status.

Language Skills
English
French
Spanish

Publications
2009. Miller, F.A., Paynter, M., Hayeems, R., Little, J., Carroll, J.C., Wilson, B.J., Allanson, J., Bytautas, J., Chakraborty, P. “Understanding sickle cell carrier status identified through newborn screening: qualitative study”. European Journal of Human Genetics. Forthcoming.

2009. Miller, F.A.; Hayeems, R.Z.; Carroll, J.C., Wilson, B.; Little, J; Allanson, J.; Bytautas, J. P.; Chaktraborty, P.; Christensen, R; Paynter, M.
“Consent for newborn screening: The attitudes of health care providers”. Public Health Genomics. In press.

2009. Miller, F.A., Hayeems, R., Bombard, Y; Little, J., Carroll, J.C., Wilson, B.J., Allanson, J., Paynter, M., Bytautas, J., Christensen, R. “Clinical obligations and public health programs: Health care provider reasoning about managing the incidental results of newborn screening”. Journal of Medical Ethics. In Press.

Presentations
2008. Miller, F.A., Paynter, M., Hayeems, R., Little, J., Wilson, B.J., Carroll, J.C., Allanson, J., Chakraborty, P., Bytautas, J. “Expanded newborn
screening: ethics, evidence and the public’s health”. Genome Quebec multidisciplinary mini-symposium: Genetic testing- the power of knowledge”. November 7, Montreal.

2008. Allanson, J., Miller, F.A., Hayeems, R., Bytautas, J., Carroll, J., Chakraborty, P., Christensen, R., Paynter, M., Little, J., Wilson, B.
“Managing incidental results of newborn screening: Health care provider reasoning about disclosure”. American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November.

2007. Miller, F.A., Hayeems, R., Ahern, C., Allanson, J., Bytautas, J., Cameron, D., Carroll, J., Chakraborty, P., Christensen, R., Little, J., Paynter, M., Porth, E., Wilson, B. “Are genetics professionals different? A survey of health care professionals about Ontario’s expanded newborn screening program”, Genetics Rounds, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, June 28.

2006. Paynter, M. “Applying a Determinants of Health Perspective to Determine Cause of Death: Reviewing Domestic Violence Deaths in New Brunswick”. Presentation at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research Day, Charlottetown, PEI. November 3.

2006 . Paynter, M. “Applying a Determinants of Health Perspective to Determine Cause of Death: Reviewing Domestic Violence Deaths in New Brunswick” Presentation at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Day, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. November 15. *Recipient of the David Sackett Award for Best Presentation.

2006. Paynter, M. “Isotretinoin and Risk: A Systematic Review”. Poster Presentation. Enhancing Women’s Health, Ontario Women’s Health Council Conference, Ottawa, ON. April 19-21).

2005. Paynter, M. “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Challenging Health Protection in Canada.” Poster presentation at the Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Research Day, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. January 28. .

2004. Paynter, M. “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Challenging Health Protection in Canada.” Presentation to the Canadian Public Health Association Conference, Montreal. October 17.

Contact Information
Phone: (902) 494-8846
Fax: (902) 494-1597
Email: martha.paynter@dal.ca

Mailing Address:
Atlantic RURAL Centre
Community Health & Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
5790 University Avenue, Rm 225
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

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Research Scientist-Deatra Walsh

Degrees
Ph.D. (c) Department of Sociology, Memorial University
M.R.D. (Rural Development), Brandon University, 2004
B.A. Sociology, Concordia University, 2002

Areas of Interest
Mobility, migration, gender, health, social theory and methodology, knowledge mobilization and arts-based research.

Language Skills
English
French

Publications and Reports
Walsh, D. (forthcoming). “Migration Paths of Young Rural Men and Women.” Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin (Ottawa: Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 21-006-XIE). (www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/21-006-XIE/free.htm).

Walsh, D. and M. Jones. 2007. “Finding the Links: Structure and Agency on Twillingate and Fogo Islands.” Pp. 87-106 in Bridging Islands: The Impact of Fixed Links, ed. G. Baldacchino. Charlottetown, PE: Acorn Press.

Annis, R.C., Everitt, J. Walsh, D. and S Cameron. 2005. “Exploring Connectivity, Use and Usefulness of Information and Communication Technology in a Northern Community Setting: A Churchill Case Study. The Churchill Connectivity Story. Rural Development Institute Working Paper 2005-4.

Walsh, D. 2004 and R. Annis. Reflections on Manitoba’s Community Collaboration Project, 1999-2004. Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. 57 p.

Walsh, D. and D. Ramsey. 2003. “‘If it came in the mail, I wouldn’t have even looked at it’: Contact Triangulation as a Means to Increase Response Rate.” Prairie Perspectives: Geographical Essays 6: 191-207.

Select Presentations
Walsh, D. 2008. “Advancing Primary Health Care in Central Newfoundland: Notes on Community Development and Health in a Changing Service Delivery Environment.” Presentation at the Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem Conference, Saskatoon, SK.
Walsh, D. 2008. “Rural from the Stage: Using Theatre to Mobilize Knowledge.” Performance Presentation at Knowledge in Motion 2008, St. John’s, NL.
Walsh, D. 2008. “Foucault’s Rural: A Play in Three Acts” Memorial University Social Theory Symposium, St. John’s, NL.
Walsh, D. and D. Colbourne. 2007. “Meeting the Challenge of Primary Health Care: Best Practices in Delivering a Rural Population Health Approach.” Presentation at Assessment and Action for Healthy Settings Schools, Communities, Workplaces, Public Health Organizations & more, 2nd annual conference of the Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research, St. John’s, NL.
Walsh, D. 2007. “Place, Gender and Migration: Exploring the Paths of Young Rural Men and Women.” Paper presented at Statistics Canada Socio-Economic Conference, Ottawa, ON.
Walsh, D. 2007. “Understanding Rural Women’s Migration Trajectories: Insights from Rural Newfoundland.” Aldrich Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL.
Walsh, D. 2006. “What’s Your Focus: Illuminating Disjuncture in Rural Migration Research” Poster presentation at A Rural Canada ‘Meeting of the Minds” ,Gatineau, QC.

Contact Information
Phone: (902) 494-8854
Fax: (902) 494-1597
Email: deatra.walsh@dal.ca

Mailing Address:
Atlantic RURAL Centre
Community Health & Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
5790 University Avenue, Rm 226
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

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Executive Assistant – Read Guernsey

Contact Information
Phone: 902.494.6510
Fax: 902.494.1597
Email: read.guernsey@dal.ca

Mailing Address:
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
5790 University Avenue, Rm. 402
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

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