Performance Excellence Lead
Kathleen started as our Performance Excellence (Research) Coordinator in 2017, and is excited to continue her role this year. Before entering pharmacy, Kathleen completed two years of biochemistry at Mount Allison University. She was a CIS Academic All Canadian on MTA’s varsity soccer and cross-country teams, and contributed to clubs and societies including Mounties in Motion, Right to Play, and Health Care Outreach. Currently, she spends time with the Swim Ability program, the Dalhousie Because Everyone’s Ability Matters (BEAM) program, and the Ronald McDonald House. Her previous research activity included gold nanoparticle cancer research at TRIUMF lab in Vancouver, antimicrobial research at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, and pharmacy related research in Aberdeen, Scotland, at Robert Gordon University, where she and others helped reincorporate homeless patients back into the health care setting.
In addition she is researching the implications of pharmacists’ prescribing of antibiotics under Dr. Melanie MacInnis & Dr. Emily Black in the IWK emergency department and works under Heather Neville on an interview based self-medication research study at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Center. Recently, she presented research at a global inter-professional conference titled “All Together Better Health” in Auckland, New Zealand. Last year, pharmacy student Carl Kooka and herself created a quality improvement study for the HOPES clinic and recruited an interdisciplinary research team. Data collection began at the clinic in 2017, and the team is eager to continue their work this year. In addition to her role on HOPES, she is the president of the Dalhousie Health Sciences Students’ Association (DalHSSA), co-president of the Dalhousie Because Everyone’s Ability Matters (BEAM) program, is the Senior Pharmacy Admissions Representative for Dal, Student Observer for the NBPA board of directors, an undergraduate representative on the Interprofessional Education Coordinating Committee (IPECC), and the National Student Delegate for the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). In her spare time, she plays soccer year-round with the Halifax City Whitecaps of the NS Soccer League.