Current Members


shannonShannon Goodall

Shannon graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc. in General Biology.  She was fascinated by the research being done at the CPRU, and she joined the lab in the fall of 2015 to pursue an M.Sc degree with Dr. Lucia Gagliese. She enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking and anything outside.


AqsaAqsa Kamal

Aqsa completed her MD from Eastern Europe and joined CPRU as an M.Sc. student in the fall of 2015. She wishes to practice medicine in Canada after completing her Masters. She enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends.


rita-new-pictureRita Tonne-Nikitin

Rita graduated from York University with B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences in June 2016. She is currently pursuing a M.Sc. with Dr. Gagliese and hopes to one day work for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In addition, she works in the Department of Family Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital as a clinical assistant. In her spare time, Rita enjoys hiking, dancing, shopping, roaming museums, and traveling abroad.


JoyeeJoyee Barua

Joyee is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology and biology at Western University. She joined the CPRU as a Co-op student back in 2014. Currently, she is an ongoing summer research assistant at the lab. Her research interest lies in learning more about cancer pain and the ways in which quality of relationships can have a psychological impact on people's lives.  During her spare time, she enjoys painting, baking, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.



Alma Rahimi

Alma graduated from York University with an Honours BA in psychology. She joined the Pain and Aging lab in June 2018, and intends to pursue her graduate studies in clinical psychology. In addition, she works at CAMH hospital as a research assistant and volunteers at VHA Healthcare as a caregiver for women with postpartum depression. Alma's research interests include examining the effects of faith and spirituality on cancer pain perception among older adults. She also enjoys traveling, painting, and recreational swimming.