The BETTER executive committee (BEC)

The BETTER Executive Committee is comprised of clinicians and researchers whose responsibility it is to oversee the program and its ongoing activities so that they are consistent with the overall vision.

In addition to the program leads, Dr. Donna Manca and Dr. Eva Grunfeld, the BEC consists of the following BETTER team members:

Dr. Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Co-Lead, Newfoundland & Labrador


Kris Aubrey-Bassler is a family physician in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Centre for Rural Health Studies at Memorial University Newfoundland.  He completed his medical education at the University of Ottawa and holds a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.  His primary research interests are in the larger field of health services with specific interests in rural family medicine, emergency medicine and healthcare funding models.

Dr. Denise Campbell-Scherer, Chair, Clinical Working Group

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Denise Campbell-Scherer is a family physician, Associate Professor, and researcher at the University of Alberta.  She has been active in teaching about evidence-based clinical practice locally and internationally and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the BMJ group journal Evidence-Based Medicine. Her research interests are in chronic disease and multimorbidity.

Dr. Nicolette Sopcak, Lead Qualitative Researcher

Nicolette Sopcak has been part of the BETTER team since 2013 and is based out of the University of Alberta. She is a qualitative researcher who completed her PhD in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta and holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.  Her previous experience includes working with community agencies and clinical settings.

Dr. Rahim Moineddin, Lead Biostatistician


Rahim Moineddin completed his Master program in Biostatistics at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and his PhD in Statistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.  He has a strong theoretical background in statistics, biostatistics and methodology and has collaborated with several senior health science researchers over his career.  He is an Associate Professor and Senior Biostatistician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Christopher Meaney, Biostatistician

Christopher Meaney has been a Biostatistician on BETTER since 2010.  He holds a Masters degree in Biostatistics and currently collaborates with primary care researchers from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto on a diverse portfolio of projects.


Carolina Aguilar, National Program Coordinator

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Carolina Aguilar has been a Coordinator for BETTER since 2011 and is based out of the University of Alberta.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta.  Her previous experience includes primary care research in end-of-life and palliative care.

Richard Cullen, Coordinator (Newfoundland & Labrador)

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Richard Cullen has been a member of the BETTER team since 2012. Richard worked in a research capacity for the Discipline of Social Psychology at Memorial University for three years while conducting graduate course work. He began his current role as the Research Coordinator for the Centre for Rural Health Studies in the Primary Healthcare Research Unit at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2009, where he works on a number of topics within the realm of primary healthcare.



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