Maritime Studies (Ph.D) & Master of Science in Maritime Studies

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To find a supervisor for Maritime Studies (Ph.D) or Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) please see one of the researcher bios below.

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Dr. Heather Carnahan

Heather Carnahan has a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology from Western University. She formerly served as Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. Prior to this she was the Interim Vice-President of Education at Women’s College Hospital and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education in the Faulty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Heather also held the BMO Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre while at the University of Toronto. Dr. Carnahan's full bio.

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Dr. Rob Brown

Research Areas: Maritime and Offshore Rescue and Evacuation, Sea Survival, Human Factors & Lifesaving Appliance Design, Oil Spill Response, Fire Safety Engineering, Probabilistic Modelling

Dr. Rob Brown is a research scientist whose primary focus surrounds human factors and equipment performance in maritime and offshore emergency situations – particularly through the processes of evacuation, survival and rescue. His research is conducted both in laboratory environments and at full scale during field trials. Results collected are disseminated through peer-reviewed publications, academic conferences, media interviews and workshops. Dr. Brown is regularly engaged with development of regulations at the International Maritime Organization and is involved with standards development through the Canadian Standards Association and the International Standards Organization. Dr. Brown's full bio.

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Dr. Elizabeth Sanli

Research Areas: Learning, performance, training, cognitive ergonomics, human factors, attention, motivation, perception

Dr. Sanli holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from McMaster University (2013) as well as a M.Sc. in Applied Health Science, Kinesiology (2009) and a B.Kin. (2007) from Brock University. Her postdoctoral work (2015-2017) was completed at the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre, examining skill performance, learning, and relearning. Dr. Sanli's full bio.

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Dr. Jennifer Smith

Research Areas: Human Factors, Pedagogy, Offshore and Marine Safety and Survival, Simulation-Based Training and Technology, Skill Acquisition and Retention, Human Performance Assessment, Maritime Education and Training, Decision Support Technologies.

Jennifer Smith has a Ph.D. and M.Eng. in Ocean & Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University (2020 and 2015), a B.Eng. in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University (2008), and a B.ASc. from Acadia University (2005). Dr. Smith has 12 years of experience conducting marine simulation and human factors research within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. She has an in-depth knowledge of research ethics involving human subjects; expertise in pedagogical theory and data mining methods; and extensive experience conducting experiments with prototype simulator technology (such as virtual egress training, simulator-based lifeboat training, and pack ice management operations with a bridge simulator). Dr. Smith is also interested in creating start-up company opportunities. Dr. Smith's full bio.