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Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman is a Developmental Pediatrician at the Manitoba FASD Centre and at the Child Development Clinic with the Child Health Program in Winnipeg, MB. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health with the University of Manitoba and holds a cross appointment with the Department of Community Health Sciences. She has been awarded the Manitoba FASD Research Scientist Award from Healthy Child Manitoba Office with the University of Manitoba Community Health Sciences, and chairs the Research Group at the Manitoba FASD Centre.  Dr. Hanlon-Dearman has been working collaboratively with a number of research teams to understand population health issues of individuals with FASD and to better integrate care for affected individuals and their families. Her clinical and research interests include neurodevelopmental patterns of children with FASD, as well as children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities.


Dr. Mansfield Mela, MBBS, FWACP, MRC (Psych), MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Mansfield Mela is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan. His clinical practice is out of the Forensic Outpatient Clinic at University of Saskatchewan and the Forensic Inpatients Services at Regional Psychiatric Center, Saskatoon. Dr. Mela’s recent research studies include psychiatric drug use in sex offenders, FASD in forensic populations, neurotoxic metals in aggressive patients, spirituality and religiosity in forensic psychiatric patients.


Jacqueline Pei

Dr. Jacqueline Pei, PhD, R.Psych.

Dr Jacqueline Pei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Also a practicing Registered Psychologist for the past ten years, Dr Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology, leading to her current focus on interventions for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Building on her work with various community and government agencies, including serving on the FASD Clinical Diagnostic Team at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (iNAT) for the Canada FASD Research Network.

Lauren Baugh

Ms. Lauren Baugh, BA, psychology – Communications Coordinator

Lauren Baugh has a long-standing interest in working with special needs populations, having previously worked as a Child Support Worker for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since 2010, Lauren has worked for the University of Alberta as a research assistant in the departments of pediatrics, educational psychology and biomedical engineering. Her work has involved carrying out and coordinating studies regarding FASD interventions and the neurobehavioural deficits associated with FASD. As Communications Coordinator for CanFASD’s iNAT, Lauren oversees the iNAT’s knowledge translation and communication projects.

Katrina Kully-Martens

Ms. Katrina Kully-Martens, BA, M. Ed (in progress), Educational Psychology – Research Coordinator

Katrina Kully-Martens is currently completing a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with research and clinical interests concerning FASD and prenatal alcohol exposure, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and childhood trauma. In particular, Katrina’s interests focus on FASD psychological assessment and intervention along with public health and knowledge translation. She is involved in projects examining neurodevelopmental profiles and outcomes of children with FASD, as well as evaluating the development and effectiveness of intervention programs for individuals with FASD. Katrina’s graduate thesis will explore the effectiveness of a mathematics intervention for young school-aged children with FASD. She has recently joined the iNAT team as Research Coordinator.

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Dr. Michelle Stewart, BA, MA, PhD


Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina. She is an anthropologist by training and focuses on police and the justice sector in Canada. Her current research areas include medical and political anthropology as well as social justice.

Her current research focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) where she investigates how FASD is understood in particular communities of practice. She is currently focusing on how justice professionals and advocates mobilize understandings of FASD in their frontline practices. The second phase of her research will turn attention to the ways in which advocates and mentors mobilize health information about FASD in various settings (including social services, criminal justice, health, education and community settings). She is actively engaged in local FASD initiatives focused on bringing about better justice outcomes for individuals with FASD. Her research team has created a publicly-available resource page focused on disseminating research findings as well as FASD material for front-line workers. Click here to view the FASD Research Project web page: Dr. Stewart is also the Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina.


Nancy Poole

Ms. Nancy Poole, MA, PhD candidate

Nancy is the Director of the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health in Vancouver Canada, and the Prevention Lead for the CanFASD Research Network. Nancy is well known for her collaborative work on FASD-related research, training and policy initiatives with governments and organizations on local, provincial/territorial, national and international levels. She is involved in research teams and knowledge exchange projects on a wide range of women’s health and substance use issues; and has co-edited four books: Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use (2007), Becoming Trauma Informed (2012), Making it Better: Gender Transformative Health Promotion (2014) and Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma and Transdisciplinarity (2015). Nancy is also known for leadership in piloting online participatory methods for knowledge generation and exchange on women’s health, including virtual networks and online communities of inquiry.