Myanca Rodrigues

Program and Year: MSc Candidate, Year 1
Area of Research: Mental Health, Health Services Research
Name of Supervisor: Kelly Anderson, PhD
Scholarships: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018-2019), Western Graduate Research Scholarship
Publications: Rodrigues, M. (2017). Do Hispanic girls develop eating disorders? A critical review of the literature. Hispanic Health Care International. 15(4), 189-196. doi: 10.1177/1540415317744500

In Myanca's Words

After completing my undergraduate studies at York University, I worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. There, I met my MSc supervisor, Kelly Anderson, and learned about the field of psychiatric epidemiology. I also developed an affinity for statistical analysis and knowledge synthesis methods during my time in the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. My experiences have taught me about the importance of assessing health at the population level, in order to inform evidence-based decision-making.

I am excited to pursue my MSc at Western University, and combine my interests in mental health and quantitative research methodology through my thesis, where I will analyze health administrative records to examine the association between psychosis and chronic health conditions. Thus far, I have enjoyed working with faculty members and my classmates in this program, and fostering skills in professional collaboration. I hope to build on my knowledge of statistical methods in knowledge synthesis and health services research through this degree, and eventually complete a PhD in Biostatistics, developing new methodological tools to examine mental illness.  

I would advise students who are considering the field of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to seek out a strong and supportive network of mentors and collaborators to guide their professional development. My mentors have been instrumental throughout my research pursuits, in presenting me with numerous opportunities, and continually advocating for my success.