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Co-Design Hub Team

Meet the members of the Equity-Based Co-Creation Team, an interdisciplinary group of lived experience experts, advocates, educators, and researchers.

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Dr. Gillian Mulvale

Gillian Mulvale is an associate professor of health policy and management at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business and a member of CHEPA. She holds a PhD in health research methodology from McMaster University, an MA in economics from Western University and a post-graduate diploma in health services and policy research. Mulvale researches issues in mental health policy and service delivery, through the lens of health policy analysis and health economics, to support the development of coordinated, person-centered and recovery-oriented care.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24707
Office: DSB 426

Dr. Sandra Moll

Dr. Moll is an Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Her clinical and research expertise is in the area of mental health, building on over a decade of frontline clinical work and over two decades of applied research.  Her primary program of research focuses on mental health, along the continuum from mental health promotion to intervention and return to work, including young workers, students, healthcare providers and first responders.  She is interested in e-mental health initiatives, co-design approaches, education and counselling interventions, and advocacy for mental health policy change.  Many of her projects involve mixed methods, however her primary expertise is in qualitative, participatory approaches.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext: 23523
Office: IAHS 439

Dr. Michelle Phoenix

Dr. Phoenix is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  Dr. Phoenix practiced as a speech-language pathologist in the Waterloo Region, working with children birth to five years old and their families.  She completed her MHSc from Toronto in 2007 and her PhD in our Rehabilitation Science program in 2017.  She has an interest in parent engagement in children’s therapy service.  In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, spending time with her friends and family, travelling, trying new foods and reading.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20836
Office: IAHS 411

Dr. Alexis Buettgen

Dr. Alexis Buettgen is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and has spent most of her career working with diverse communities as a social service provider, researcher and ally. Currently, she is a critical community-engaged scholar and teacher. Her research program focuses on community engagement, intersectionality, human rights, climate action and knowledge mobilization to promote social, political, and economic inclusion of historically marginalized communities. Alexis has over a decade of experience in applied research and program evaluation in health and social services for a range of issues including immigration and settlement, housing and homelessness, HIV/AIDS, disability inclusion, employment and entrepreneurship, poverty reduction, human rights and sustainable development.

Bonnie Freeman

Bonnie Freeman (she/her) is Algonquin/Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Indigenous Studies Department at McMaster University.  Bonnie’s research focuses on understanding the plight of Indigenous people while bringing forth Indigenous practices and knowledge of how her ancestors experienced living – “being alive well.”  Her work and research have been rooted in her connections with Indigenous communities throughout Canada and the United States and focus on Indigenous methodological perspectives of journeying (horseback, foot, and canoeing) with a key goal of understanding how Indigenous knowledge and connection to land and water contribute to positive health and well-being.  Bonnie also research to understand how relationships and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities are established through paddling on a nine-day journey on the Grand River.