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Membership and events

QUEST-SJ aims to build qualitative health research capacity in the Saint John area and represents a wide range of research expertise, disciplines, and organizations.

Join the conversation and collaborate with other QUEST-SJ members. To become a member, please fill out our membership form.

QUEST-SJ meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. Meetings are held virtually through the Zoom platform. To receive the meeting log-in information, contact quest-sj@unb.ca or complete our membership form.

Upcoming events

Dec. 15: Dr. Albert Banerjee (NBHRF Research Chair in Community Health & Aging, Research Fellow Trent Centre for Aging Studies, Assistant Professor in Gerontology STU) will present The researcher is the instrument?: Exploring how we live qualitative research.

Past sessions

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Dr. Erin Spinney (Assistant Professor, Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick)

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Dr. Sarah Gander, Clinical Lead, NB Social Pediatrics Program

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Pamela Durepos provides an overview of interpretive description (ID) and the use of mixed methods to develop a questionnaire. She describes her PhD study titled ‘Caring Ahead: Preparing for End-of-Life with Dementia’ in which she used ID and reflexive thematic analysis to generate content for a questionnaire. By the end of this webinar, participants will further understand the assumptions, purpose and benefits of using ID and incorporating ID in mixed methods studies.

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Monique Cassidy, MEd, PhD Student (Interdisciplinary), UNB

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Kate Ellis, BA., MA., Research & Quality Coordinator at Loch Lomond Villa, shares experiences integrating mixed-methods models into long term care research, and discusses some of the practicalities around conducting mixed-methods research. She discusses the challenges and advantages to integrating mixed-methods designs in the long-term care setting, and goes over different mixed-methods designs commonly used in health research spaces. Participants gained some exposure to mixed-methods research and were engaged in meaningful discussion about the practicalities involved in integrating these designs into their own work.

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Jenna Roddick, MSc, KTPC, Manager - Research and Knowledge, APPTA, provides an overview of the Knowledge Translation (KT) concept, discusses similar terminology in this field, and introduces theories, methods, and frameworks that are commonly used in research.

She goes over the difference between knowledge users and knowledge partners, establishing goals, and provide a brief overview of strategies often used when relaying research to a broader audience will be reviewed. By the end of this webinar, participants will better understand the knowledge translation process and know the essential components of a knowledge translation plan.

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Emily Kervin, Research Coordinator for the SOAR (Support Opportunities and Assistance for Research) team at Horizon Research Services, presents the methods and findings from the project titled Optimizing transitions from hospital to home for frail older adults: Examining how hospital discharge plans translate into supportive home care environments. An overview of the study, as well as reflections on using mixed methods, is also provided.

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Dr. Kerrie Luck, a registered Occupational Therapist who recently completed her post-doctoral fellowship with the Centre for Research in Integrated Care (CRIC) at UNB, presents practical tips on qualitative research coding with an applied example from the project titled: Occupational disruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic among individuals living with chronic disease. A brief overview of this study is also provided.

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Dr. Natasha Hanson, Horizon Health Network and Research Manager of SOAR, discusses the benefits and challenges of several widely used qualitative research data management tools. Tools featured include Microsoft (MS) Word, MS Excel, Nvivo, Atlas.ti and MAXQDA. This presentation provides an overview of these tools, highlighting practical methodological considerations.

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Dr. Rose Ann Torres, Assistant Professor of Sociology, discusses the role of talking circles in  community engaged research. This presentation provides an overview of talking circles as a methodological tool and approaches of resistance against neo-colonial fascism; and pays a closer attention to Aeta women healers’ and their healing praxis as a means to social justice and ethical responsibilities.

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Amy Reid, CRIC Project Coordinator, provides an overview of the COGNISANCE project and share how COVID-19 led to various changes, including virtual data collection and recruitment. Naythrah Thevathasan, CRIC NBHRF Summer Student, expands on virtual data collection methods by focusing on her experiences conducting virtual focus groups with caregivers and the lessons learned to adapting to a virtual platform.

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