As Canadians and their governments continue to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Carleton experts are available to discuss related topics.

Jim Davies
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science and School of Computer Science


Davies is available to discuss how Buddhism and mindfulness can help people deal with measures to protect against COVID-19, including not touching one’s face.

As director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, Davies explores computational modelling and artificial intelligence applied to human visual imagination. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds. He is a frequent contributor to Nautilus magazine and is author of Riveted: The Science of How Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe. He is co-host of the award-winning Minding the Brain podcast.

Jeff Donaldson
PhD Candidate, School of Public Policy and Administration

Donaldson is available to discuss individual and household emergency preparedness, government messaging, the theory of panic buying, as well as the world of those who identify as preppers or survivalists.

Donaldson’s research has focused on how prepared Canadians are for emergencies and why the message of preparedness has not been adopted. Specifically, he analyzes the relationship between municipal governments and community organizations with a view to discover a better way to leverage social capital and create a more resilient population.

Linda Duxbury
Professor of Management, Sprott School of Business


Duxbury is available to discuss Issues relating to work-life balance, the need to shut the technology off and keep regular hours.

Josh Greenberg
Professor, School of Journalism and Communication


Greenberg is available to discuss crisis and risk communication, as well as media coverage of COVID-19.

His research examines media coverage of outbreaks and infectious disease risks; public risk perceptions of vaccination; the risk communication activities and strategies of key public health agencies and organizations; and the impact of technology change on public health communication.

Kim Hellemans
Instructor III, Department Chair, Department of Neuroscience


Hellemans is available to discuss the impact of social isolation on mental health and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hellemans’s research interest lies in the study of vulnerability to mental illness. Her past research explored the role of adverse environmental experience in susceptibility to drug addiction. Her current research examines how prenatal exposure to alcohol influences later life susceptibility to mental illness. Hellemans’s other main research interest is sex differences in mental illnesses; depression is twice as common among women. She is a co-host of the Minding the Brain podcast.

Mohamed Ibnkahla
Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering

Ibnkahla is available to discuss the potential role of artificial intelligence in the fight against COVID-19.

Ibnkahla is the NSERC/Cisco Senior Industrial Research Chair in Sensor Networks for IoT. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, IoT, cognitive radio networks, adaptive signal processing, reconfigurable networks, sensor integration and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems.

Hashmat Khan
Full Professor, Department of Economics


Khan is developing new research to better understand and quantify the effects of isolation measures on containing the COVID-19 pandemic. A brief writeup about his recent project is here:

As an economist, he is also interested economic policies that can help mitigate the extreme effects of the health crisis.

Ian Lee
Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business

Lee is available to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19.

Lee has appeared multiple times before the House of Commons and Senate finance, banking, industry and trade committees. He has been in every Government of Canada budget lockup since 2008. He attended pre-budget consultations with the Minister of Finance in 2009 and 2011. His work has appeared in the annual publication How Ottawa Spends concerning Canada’s retirement system, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, deficits, corporate income reform and the Liberal downsizing of 1995-97 and the Conservative Government downsizing of 2010-15.

Marina Milyavskaya
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Milyavskaya is available to discuss habits, goal setting and mental health/stress during COVID-19.

Milyavskaya’s research examines the pursuit of goals and looks at contextual and individual factors that promote successful goal pursuit and attainment as well as the self-regulatory mechanism implicated in this process.

Scott Mitchell
PhD Candidate and Instructor, School of Journalism and Communication

Mitchell is available to discuss risk perception and behaviour, as well as crisis communication.

In addition to his research, Mitchell is a knowledge broker with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

Rodney Nelson
Instructor III, Sprott School of Business

Rodney is available to discuss the impacts of pandemics on businesses and overall pandemic preparedness.

Rodney was the chair of the Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Working Group, and a member of the Minister of Health’s Canadian Pandemic Preparedness Team. He represented Canada to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on pandemics and has given several talks on pandemic preparedness in Canada and internationally.

Noah Schwartz
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science


Schwartz is open to discussing the boom in gun sales in Canada and the United States resulting from COVID-19.

His research looks at the politics of memory and the use of narrative in the American gun debate. His doctoral research project studies community building and the mobilization of narratives about America’s past by the gun-rights movement.

Elliot Tepper
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Security and Defence Studies

Phone: 613-225-8076 or 613-852-4262

Tepper is available to discuss the political dimensions of the pandemic.

Tepper has worked with national and international organizations on a broad range of topics and has been engaged with media throughout his career. He can offer commentary on international relations, nuclear issues, the United Nations and terrorism.

Gabriel Wainer
Professor, Systems and Computing Engineering

Phone613-520-2600 x 1957

Wainer has recently written in the Conversation about the role of computer simulations in predicting the spread on future pandemics. He is the head of the Advanced Real-Time Simulation lab, located at Carleton’s Centre for advanced Simulation and Visualization (V-Sim).

Leah West
Lecturer on International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

West is available to discuss Canadian emergency laws and powers.

West has expertise in national security law, counter terrorism and cyber operations. She has served as counsel with the Department of Justice in the National Security Litigation and Advisory Group, where she appeared before the Federal Court in designated proceedings and the Security Intelligence Review Committee. West served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years as an Armoured Officer – deploying to Afghanistan in 2010. She is a founding editor of the Intrepid Blog.

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