Inaugural GRADFlix Contest Winners Announced – The Brock News

It was a clever and apt analogy that ultimately won Caitlyn Gallant (MA 2017) the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ inaugural GRADflix video research competition.

In her presentation, Gallant, who recently completed her doctorate in psychology and will graduate from Brock this spring, used the concept of a car stuck in snow to explain how children with complex mental health needs often don’t react not to treatment, despite repeated support and treatment — as if their wheels were turning but they were getting nowhere.

His research examined biological, psychological, and social factors to determine what leads to high program utilization with poor outcomes. She was able to identify markers that can help clinicians identify these cases and, in turn, target mental health issues at an early stage.

Gallant’s impressive entry was one of more than 20 one-minute videos submitted to the competition between November 10 and January 31 by a variety of graduate students and recent graduates showcasing their research.

Close behind Gallant were submissions from Meghan Pellow (BPH ’19), who took second place, and Kim Uyeno, who not only took third place, but was also selected by the public as the winner of the choice of the public of the competition.

Pellow, a community health-focused master’s student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, explored the effectiveness of nicotine replacement therapy for young adults who want to quit smoking. His study found that young adults who use cannabis occasionally were less likely to quit.

Uyeno, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, looked at the possible effects of a concussion on the brain and how it can affect sports performance. She used the softball bat to test the swing and reaction times and decision making of softball players who had previously suffered concussions.

Contest entrants were judged on their ability to communicate and conceptualize their research, creativity and visual impact, and technical quality.

The high quality of the entries and the graduate student search made it difficult to select the winners for the judging panel, which included three members of Brock’s senior management team:

  • Robyn Bourgeois, Acting Vice-Rector, Indigenous Engagement
  • Tim Kenyon, Vice President, Research
  • Ken Chan, Vice President, Administration

Kenyon said he learned something memorable from every video he watched.

“I was thrilled to see the creativity and clarity with which Brock graduate researchers explain their incredible research,” he said. “Submissions were accessible and intellectually generous, outlining important avenues of research.”

Winning the meet was the icing on the cake of Gallant’s experience at Brock.

“It was a very nice surprise,” she said. “There were so many creative and engaging video submissions, so entering the contest is an honor and very exciting.”

Gallant is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Laboratory at York University. She works with Jonathan Weiss and Children’s Mental Health Ontario to help build provider capacity and improve mental health services for children and youth with autism.

To learn more about GRADflix and view the competition video submissions, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

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