Research Team

Post Doctoral Fellow


Clayon Hamilton, BSc, MSc, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Hamilton does knowledge translation and health services research at Arthritis Research Canada and in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on ‘Patient Engagement in Research’ as an integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) approach to research. Presently, he is using a combined qualitative and quantitative study design to explore the phenomenon of meaningful patient engagement in research, and to develop and validate an outcome measure to evaluate degrees of meaningful patient engagement in research.

In 2015, he received a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with emphasis on Measurement and Methods from Western University in London, Ontario Canada. In his PhD dissertation, he took a transdisciplinary approach in examining the measurement of illness perception and behavior across a continuum of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

His primary interests include patient-oriented research, knowledge translation, and health services research involving individuals with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

He also enjoys reading autobiographies, running, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Hamilton is funded by a MSFHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (Health Services).


PhD Trainee


Jenny Leese, MA
PhD Student 

Jenny Leese is completing the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s of Arts degree and her Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Leeds, U.K.

Jenny has been involved in multiple research studies at Arthritis Research Canada, focusing on evaluating new approaches in knowledge translation to support self-management in musculoskeletal care. She plays a key role in coordinating the ‘Arthritis Care in the Digital Age’ project, which aims to improve understanding of how online physical activity monitoring tools can be used to support people with arthritis in managing their disease. Her current research interests involve ethics, patient engagement, and e-health.

She enjoys running, yoga, and travel.



Research Staff


Jasmina MemetovicJasmina Geldman, MSc
Research Coordinator

Jasmina Geldman earned an MSc in Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia, and was a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fellowship in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention.

Jasmina is currently coordinating the ICON and ANSWER-2 projects. She has been involved in health behaviour research for over five years, providing research, data management and analysis support for longitudinal and multi-site randomized control studies at UBC and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She has an interest in understanding how web and mobile-based tools can be applied towards chronic disease management and knowledge translation.

In her spare time, she enjoys board games, biking, berry picking and cardio.



Halma Elmi, MPH
Research Coordinator

Halima Elmi earned a Master’s of Public Health from Simon Fraser University.

She is currently coordinating randomized controlled trials to evaluate a new web application paired with Fitbit, and combined with physical activity counselling. Halima has previously been involved in research aimed at improving education for patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. Her interests lie in research and health promotion interventions that increase accessibility to health services.



Grewal_Navi_headshot1Navi Grewal, MSc
Research Coordinator

Navi Grewal earned an MSc in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia.

Navi is currently coordinating randomized controlled trials to evaluate a new communication and social network application that can be paired with Fitbit, a popular wireless physical activity monitoring device. She has been involved in a number of projects in bone health research at the Centre of Hip Health and Mobility. Her interests lie in clinical research and knowledge translation.




Eric C. Sayre, PhD
Research Statistical Analyst

Dr. Eric C. Sayre has worked as a statistical consultant since 1997, and in 2009 received his PhD from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

He developed a website (see below) that lists his up-to-date publications (over 100 as of 2011) and offers his data mining software VWUO-MD, as well as his diet eBook for junk food lovers, the Real Junk Food Diet Book.

In his spare time, Eric writes books, maintains his website, and does a variety of physical exercise.

Email: esayre at arthritisresearch dot ca




Graham Macdonald, MA
Research Assistant

Graham Macdonald earned his BA Honours in Political Science in 2011 and, in 2014, his Master’s degree in Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He is currently a member of the knowledge translation and ethics core facility of the PRECISION project, and conducts qualitative analysis for the E-health Ethics & Multi-Morbidity project, the Arthritis Care in the Digital Age project, ICON, and ANSWER-2 project.

Graham’s research interests include the socio-environmental determinants of health, the political economy of disability, and healthcare policy. For his master’s thesis, he conducted ethnographic research on an assisted living program for people with disabilities, using the findings to critique orthodox conceptions of economic agency in classical economic theory. He has also contributed as a field researcher for projects on the gender politics of firefighting, the socio-environmental impact of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, and an impact study on the benefits of a government-funded program that pairs art therapy with clinical intervention.

In his spare time, he is a musician and producer who enjoys hiking, surfing, and cooking.




Juliane Chien, BKin
Research Assistant

Juliane Chien earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

Juliane is currently involved in the SuPRA and OPAM-IA pilot studies and MONITOR-OA study, assisting recruitment, data collection, and communication with research participants. She has an interest in improving quality of life through active living.

In her spare time, Juliane enjoys playing sports, reading culturally diverse books, and travelling.




morgan_barberMorgan Barber, MHA
Research Coordinator

Morgan Barber earned a Master of Health Administration at the University of British Columbia.

Morgan coordinated the IMPAKT-HiP (Investigations of Mobility, Physical Activity and Knowledge Translation in Hip Pain) project at Arthritis Research Canada. IMPAKT-HiP  aims to show how physical activity, while interacting with one or more subtle deformities in the hip, can cause cartilage damage and eventually osteoarthritis. Currently, she is coordinating randomized controlled trials to evaluate a new communication and social network application that can be paired with Fitbit, a popular wireless physical activity monitoring device.



jonathan tamJonathan Tam
Research Assistant, BSc

Jonathan Tam earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is currently assisting the SuPRA and OPAM-IA studies.

During his years at UBC, Jonathan was actively involved in many volunteer clubs and even became the president of World Vision UBC, leading over 200 members and 500 executives. In his last year at UBC, he led the team to raise over six thousand dollars during their annual thirty hour famine. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing basketball and swimming.


Shireen Divecha

Shireen is an administrative assistant and provides administrative support to Dr. Linda Li and the research team at Arthritis Research Canada.

Prior to joining ARC, Shireen was an executive assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has over 12 years of experience supporting senior level executives.