MCNHR Staff

Susan McClement
Associate Dean, Research


Susan McClement, RN, PhD is the Associate Dean, Research in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. She is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for research within the College of Nursing, as well as directing the managing the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research. Dr. McClement is responsible for implementing strategies to fulfill the mission and goas of the College and MCNHR, ensuring that appropriate infrastructure and resources are in place to support and sustain a culture of research productivity and excellence.  She provides a consultative perspective to research-related quality assurance projects and is available for research consultations with members of the College and the MCNHR. She also liaises with local, provincial, national and international research groups and actively promotes and increases the visibility of nursing and health research conducted by members of the College and the MCNHR within the province and beyond. In her role, Dr. McClement works closely with the Vice-Dean Research and College Research Leads within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences to develop and foster research collaboration in the Faculty.


diane Diane Cepanec
Senior Research Manager

Diane Cepanec coordinates and facilitates the development and delivery of research services to support the research and scholarly activities of faculty and members of the MCNHR. She works closely to facilitate and assist researchers in developing research proposals for submission to internal and external funding agencies by providing consultation on funding opportunities and guidelines, pre-review of grant applications and assistance with the development of project budgets and knowledge translation plans. She provides daily supervision, training and support to research staff and assistants working in the MCNHR to ensure priorities and deadlines are met. Diane has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and has over 10 years experience in project coordination, research design, data management, analysis and reporting.


jamesJames Plohman
Research Coordinator

James Plohman, BSc, MSc, provides a wide array of research support services to members of the centre. These include: coordination of faculty research projects, setting up and implementing online surveys, data management, entry and preliminary analysis, preparing or reviewing research ethics and institutional access applications, and assistance with online CVs. He also periodically delivers a number of professional development workshops on topics such as how to conduct online surveys, SPSS and setting up a Canadian Common CV. 

James also coordinates College of Nursing Quality Assurance projects such as follow-up surveys of new graduates from the undergraduate and graduate programs and impact factor analysis of college publications.


jamesRasheda Rabbani
Biostatistical Consultant

Dr. Rabbani is a biostatistician with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing Health Research (MCNHR), as well biostatistician for Data Science Platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), an assistant professor, department of Community Health Sciences. She has over 10 years of experience in providing statistical consultation, collaboration and training to students and researchers in various specialties. She is an expert on both basic and advanced level of statistical methodologies. She has collaborated and co-authored on several prestigious publications and research funding. Her main research interest focuses on meta-analysis and network meta-analysis methodologies specializing in synthesis projects. Currently she is offering lectures and workshops in collaboration with the Knowledge Synthesis Platform at CHI. she is leading several ongoing data synthesis methods projects. On Prior to these positions, she had served as a biostatistician for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Dr. Rabbani had previously served as a senior scientist and assistant professor at numerous international institutes and universities in Bangladesh. Dr. Rabbani completed her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Statistics from Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Iwate University, Japan.


weWanda Snow
Research Development Officer

As a Research Development Officer with the MCNHR, Wanda Snow, PhD, works closely and collaboratively with researchers in the College of Nursing to develop grant proposals (from conceptualization to final submission) and research award applications. Her primary duties are to assist in the writing and editing of research grant and award applications. Her secondary duties also include aiding researchers in other scholarly writing activities, including publications.  With 20 years of experience in health-related research, she looks forward to working as a co-investigator or collaborator on selected research projects within the College.


mcnhr Research Assistants

Student research assistants (RAs) provide research support services to assist members of the centre in their scholarly and research activities. RA support services include high quality literature and information searches, quantitative and qualitative data entry and analysis, assistance with completing on-line forms, management of bibliographic references using reference managing software, assisting in the preparation of reports, publications, and poster presentations.