Current Trainees


Shawn Dodd,   MSc Student

Shawn Dodd is a Masters student with research interests in risk factors for delayed motor development in children under the age of two. He also works with the team as a Research Assistant where he is investigating parents’ views and preferences on sharing their research data with data repositories. Shawn received his Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2015. In his free time, Shawn enjoys volunteering with youth-focused community programs and spending time in the mountains.

Erin Hetherington,   PhD Student

Erin Hetherington is a PhD student with the All Our Families team. She is interested in social factors that impact maternal and child health. Her PhD research examines how social support networks can help improve maternal mental health and child development. Erin has a Master’s in Public Health and worked in the non-profit sector in international development and global health. Originally from Montreal, Erin has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Tanzania and the US before moving to Calgary. She has two children of her own and enjoys reading, swimming and playing LEGO. 

Shannon MacDonald, PhD, RN   Postdoctoral Fellow

Shannon MacDonald is a pediatric nurse and public health epidemiologist whose program of research focuses on supporting immunization best practice, programs, and policy and promoting informed decision-making by parents. Shannon completed undergraduate degrees in zoology and nursing, followed by a Masters of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD at the University of Alberta. She has worked as a pediatric nurse and nursing instructor in Canada and the USA, and has participated in a number of international maternal-child health projects. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and is collaborating with the Alberta Ministry of Health to assess vaccine safety and uptake and to determine the most effective way to promote uptake of childhood vaccines. In June 2016, Shannon commenced a tenure-track position in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She is the slightly frazzled mother of two young daughters who remind her every day of the value of protecting our children’s health.

Kaylee Ramage

Kaylee Ramage,   PhD Student

Kaylee Ramage is a PhD student with interests in sexual and reproductive health, community-based research, and improving health outcomes for marginalized populations. Her doctoral research focuses on the promotion of resiliency, empowerment, and self-efficacy in adolescents who are at high risk for pregnancy and negative sexual health outcomes. Kaylee has Master’s of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For the past three years, she has been conducting community-based research in Calgary in partnership with several non-profit organizations, with an aim to promote evidence-based practice and research implementation. In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys hiking, travelling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.