Centre for School Mental Health

Postdoctoral Fellows

Haroon Sheikh

Haroon Sheikh

Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Shannon Stewart
Biography: Dr. Haroon Sheikh joins the Centre for School Mental Health from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, where as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded postdoctoral fellow, Haroon focused on bioinformatics and statistical genetics assessment of large psychiatric data sets. Prior to this, Haroon earned his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Western Ontario in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Shiva Singh and Dr. Elizabeth Hayden. The continuing focus of Haroon’s research is to understand the complex interplay between early childhood environment and neurobiological processes, which may confer risk for development of psychopathology.


Kobra  Falah-Hassani

Kobra Falah-Hassani

Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Shannon Stewart
Biography: Dr. Kobra Falah-Hassani is a Postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Stewart. She has received a Master’s degree in Midwifery from the University of Tarbiat Modares in Iran, a Master’s degree in Health Sciences from the Tampere School of Public Health at the University of Tampere in Finland, and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Tampere. She worked for two years as a researcher with Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Dr. Falah-Hassani’s research has centered on mother and child care, as a Ph.D. candidate on young people and public health at Tampere University, as well as on perinatal depression and anxiety prevalence and risk factors at University of Toronto.


Marika Morris

Marika Morris

Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Claire Crooks
Biography: Dr. Marika Morris earned her Ph.D. in Canadian Studies at Carleton University. Before doing her Ph.D., Marika was a Research Coordinator at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) where she worked with Indigenous, immigrant, racial, and cultural minority communities to meet their communities' needs. Marika is currently completing participatory postdoctoral research with Inuit youth on violence prevention through social media. Although housed at Western's Faculty of Education, the research is taking place in Ottawa in partnership with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. The purpose of the research is to find out what Inuit youth think and advise about violence prevention and document their social media use so Pauktuutit can develop an evidence-based social media outreach strategy to Inuit youth on violence prevention. Representatives from Mamisarvik Healing Centre, Embrace Life Council, Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre, and students from Nunavut Sivuniksavut helped to shape the project. Inuit youth named the project Makilirit, which means Rise Up in Inuktitut.


Yvonne Asare-Bediako

Yvonne Asare-Bediako

Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Shannon Stewart
Biography: Dr. Yvonne Asare-Bediako is a medical sociologist with expertise in community-based mental health research and program and policy evaluation. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from Western University and is currently a Mitacs funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for School Mental Health. Her research explores the determinants of health, with a focus on the mental health consequences of social conditions/status (e.g., SES and family functioning) and stress for children's mental health.