The research team is headed by the Scientific Director. In addition there are two full-time, permanent positions, including a Research Coordinator and a Research Statistician . The activities of the Research Department are further complimented by a number of individuals working on specific projects.

Michel Bédard, Scientific Director

Michel Bédard
Scientific Director

Dr. Michel Bédard is a Professor of Health Sciences, and Medicine, and the Director of the Centre for Research on Safe Driving, at Lakehead University. He is the Scientific Director for the Centre for Applied Health Research at St. Joseph’s Care Group. Dr. Bédard’s main research focus is on automobile driving, family caregiving, and mental illness. He is the author/co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 200 scientific presentations and has received over 12 million dollars in research funding as Principal or Co-investigator. He has received several research awards including a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Health he held from 2003 to 2013 and a Premier’s Excellence Research Award from the province of Ontario.


Hillary Maxwell, Research Coordinator

Hillary Maxwell
Research Coordinator

Hillary Maxwell, MPH, works as the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Applied Health Research with St. Joseph’s Care Group. Hillary coordinates various research projects from conception through to dissemination of results, including grant submissions, liaising with researchers, completing ethics applications, supporting data management, and facilitating knowledge translation. Her experience includes externally-funded studies as well as projects initiated from within St. Joseph’s Care Group.


Sacha Dubois, Research Statistician

Sacha Dubois
Research Statistician

Sacha Dubois, MPH, is a Research Statistician at the Centre for Applied Health Research with St. Joseph’s Care Group. As a Research Statistician, Sacha applies specialized knowledge of both research methodology and advanced statistical principles to research, analysis, and educational activities. His research interests include driver safety, medication usage, health service needs and delivery, and methodological and statistical issues. Together with his position at SJCG, Sacha is also an Associate Member of the Centre for Research on Safe Driving and a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health. Alongside his research portfolio, Sacha teaches graduate learners the foundations of research as a faculty member of the Human Sciences Division, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University. A complete list of Sacha's publications can be found on his Google Scholar Profile.