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Drs. Stéphanie Bélanger and Heidi Cramm appointed Interim Co-Scientific Directors of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

  • Published Mon Aug 15th 2016

    Dr. Richard Reznick is pleased to announce the appointment of Drs. Stéphanie Bélanger and Heidi Cramm as Interim Co-Scientific Directors of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR).

    Dr. Bélanger completed a PhD at the University of Toronto in 2003 and earned her MPA at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2013. Dedicated to serving those who serve us, Dr. Bélanger is co-founder of CIMVHR and has served as Associate Scientific Director since 2010.

    Dr. Bélanger is a leader in military and Veteran health research. She has published widely in the peer reviewed literature and her co-edited collection Beyond the Line: Military and Veteran Health Research ranked seventh on the Hill Times Best 100 Books in Politics, Public Policy and History. She was a driving force behind the establishment of and now serves as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. In 2011, Dr. Bélanger was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada Commandant’s coin in recognition of her leadership in research and involvement in the military and Veteran community, and in 2013 she was honoured with the Minister of National Defence’s coin in recognition of her dedication and leadership in the advancement of research on women and leadership in the Canadian Forces. In 2015, she was inducted into the Legion of Honour of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation.

    Dr. Cramm earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2003 from Dalhousie University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University. Dr. Cramm joined the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy as an assistant professor in 2013. A leader in strategic knowledge translation initiatives across Canada, she has served as Head of Knowledge Translation with CIMVHR since 2014. Dr. Cramm’s research focuses on military and Veteran family health, with an emphasis on mental health. She has authored numerous publications and lectured extensively on her areas of expertise. In 2013, Dr. Cramm was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement.

    We congratulate Drs. Bélanger and Cramm on these new roles and extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Alice Aiken, co-founder and former Scientific Director of CIMVHR for her valued work in building the organization. We wish her all the best in her new role as Dean, Health Professions, at Dalhousie University.