Advancing Peer Support Programming to address PTSD and trauma among Canadian Public Safety Personnel and Veterans

Funded by the Public Agency of Canada, this study is evaluating the implementation and impact of the PeerOnCall and PeerOnCall Support apps across 24-30 diverse Canadian Public Safety Organizations in four service sectors: corrections, emergency communications, fire services and paramedicine.

Timeline: Feb 2022 – March 2023

Partner Institutions:
PHAC Implementation Team Retreat, Oct 2022
Back row: (left to right): Stephen Czarnuch, Joy MacDermid, Marilyn Swinton, Donna King, Nadine Leduc, Diana Gibbons, Lorraine Downey, Nick Carleton, John Prno, Lorraine Downey
Front row: (left to right): Rose Ricciardelli, Sandra Moll, Maha Wakim
Contributing Members:

Sector Lead: Stephen Czarnuch, PhD, P.Eng., Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Discipline of Emergency Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Project Manager: Nadine Leduc, MA


Sector Lead: Rosemary Ricciardelli, PhD, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Project Manager: Diana Gibbons


Sector Lead: Joy MacDermid, PhD, University of Western Ontario & McMaster University
Project Manager: Robin Campbell
Project Coordinator: Margaret Lomotan

Paramedics Services Team

Sector Lead: Renée MacPhee, PhD, Departments of Kinesiology & Physical Education and Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University
Project Manager: John Prno
Knowledge User: Lorraine Downey

McMaster University Team

Principal Investigator: Sandra Moll, PhD, OT Reg, School of Rehabilitation Science
Research Coordinator: Marilyn Swinton, MSc, School of Rehabilitation Science

Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) Team

R. Nicholas Carleton, PhD R.D. Psych., Department of Psychology, University of Regina, and Scientific Director, CIPSRT
Donna King: Executive Director, Collaborative Centre for Justice & Safety
Donna Dowler: Senior Project Manager
Rohit Rajeev Marwah: Project Manager
Kyle Leitch: Communications & Marketing Specialist
Emeka Uwaechi: Business Analyst