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Lab Members

Current Members

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Nicole Edgar
Clinical Research Program Manager

Nicole Edgar joined the Hatching Ideas Lab in 2018 and has been the Manager since early 2020. She is a jack of all trades and can often be found fighting the good fight to ensure equitable access to mental health care for underserved populations. Outside of the lab, Nicole is often spending time with her pooch Cricket, communing with nature, and crocheting!
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Sarah MacLean
Senior Clinical Research Associate

Sarah MacLean has been with our lab since 2015 and is a PhD Student in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. When she isn’t coordinating lab outputs, she can be found living her best 90-year old life, crocheting with her three cats by her side. Sarah is passionate about advocacy, especially around access to mental health services, having lost a loved one to suicide in 2016.
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Zach Cantor
Clinical Research Associate

Zach Cantor joined the Hatching Ideas Lab in 2019 on a part-time basis, and is also a paramedic with the City of Ottawa. As a first-responder on the front lines, he understands the importance of access to mental health for that population. He is also the voice of the podcast Critical Levels! In his free-time, he enjoys playing with his dog (who absolutely does not look like him), drinking expensive coffee, and critiquing others on their taste in coffee.
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Brooklyn Ward
Clinical Research Coordinator

Brooklyn Ward joined our lab in 2020 and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2019 with her Bachelor's degree. Outside of work she enjoys running, paddle boarding and trying out different coffee shops around the city. Brooklyn is passionate about accessibility to mental health services, particularly for underserved populations.
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Joseph Burns
Clinical Research Coordinator

Joe joined the lab in 2022 after years of working in clinical research with a focus on wellness and gender equity and experience with global health. He has an interest in improving mental health care and access and is eager to help with these efforts. When not working, he might be found tending his community garden plot, writing quirky comedy fiction, or playing the hurdy-gurdy
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Eileen Huang
Medical Student

Eileen Huang is a first-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. She has an interest in mental health and work with vulnerable populations. In her free time, she likes to skate along the Rideau Canal and explore new hiking trails around Ottawa!
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Chloe Ahluwalia
Medical Student

Chloe Ahluwalia is a first-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. She graduated from McGill University in 2019 with BSc. in Honours Psychology. She is interested in the field of mental health, and her specific interests include child and adolescent mental health, underserved populations, and crisis care. Chloe is a huge Raptors fan and enjoys watching basketball games in her spare time, as well as practicing yoga and chatting with her fellow medical students as a Peer Supporter.
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Jennifer Derraugh-Nelson
Social Worker

Jennifer Derraugh-Nelson is a Registered Social Worker with the Ottawa Hospital. She has worked with a variety of different populations both before and during her employment at the Ottawa Hospital. She has always had an interest in mental health and the importance of access to support services. Outside of work you will find her driving her two children to their many sporting events and cheering them on from the sidelines.

Past lab members

2021-2022 Maria Peddle, Clinical Research Assistant III