Health Technology Assessment Unit
Fiona Clement, PhD
Dr. Clement has extensive training in Health Services Research, Health Economics and Health Policy. Her research interests include drug and non-drug technology reimbursement and cost containment policy and evidence in decision-making and health policy development. In 2014, she was selected as the Canadian Harkness fellow; a unique opportunity awarded to 12 professionals internationally each year to spend a year in the US studying healthcare policy. She also received the Maurice McGregor Award for outstanding leadership and excellence in HTA in Canada. She is the first from Alberta to be awarded either of these awards. As a result, in 2015, she was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 for her work to in health policy.
Liza Mastikhina, BA, MSc
Liza Mastikhina is the Unit Manager for the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She has a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick and an MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s thesis focused on attentional retraining in depression. Prior to joining the Unit, Liza worked at a health outcomes research consultancy where she was the lead clinical writer of several drug reimbursement submissions and was involved in a number of systematic review projects. Within the Unit, Liza has been involved in qualitative evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and other evidence generation products.
Laura Dowsett, BHSc, MSc
(On Maternity Leave)
Laura Dowsett is the Unit Manager for the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She graduated in 2011 with an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, and received her master’s degree in Health Services Research (MSc) through the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in May 2014. For her Master’s thesis, Laura did a cost-utility analysis of cardiac rehabilitation. With the unit, she has been involved in systematic reviews, meta-analyses and the production of health technology assessments.
Brenlea Farkas, BSc, MSc
Brenlea Farkas is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She has a BSc in Kinesiology and an MSc Population/Public Health, both from the University of Calgary. Brenlea is passionate about physical activity and health promotion, which led to her Master’s research work examining the associations between the built environment and physical activity. Within the Unit, Brenlea contributes to evidence synthesis, data analysis, project management, and policy implementation strategies. In addition to her contributions to the HTA Unit, Brenlea enjoys working as a personal trainer and staying active in her free time.
Charleen Salmon, MBBS, MSc, BHSc (Honours)
Charleen is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. Charleen completed Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and her Master of Science in Epidemiology graduate degree from the University of Calgary. She finished her medical degree at the University of Limerick School of Medicine in 2021. For the past 11 years, Charleen has worked as a research assistant for the Alberta Children’s Hospital and University of Calgary. Her research interests include child and maternal health, improving health outcomes, health inequities, and helping to inform evidence-based policy.
Joel Minion, PhD, MLIS, MA
Qualitative Research Lead
Dr. Minion is a social scientist and librarian/research data manager with extensive experience in qualitative health research. His role within the Unit is to oversee the development, planning and execution of qualitative components of its policy work. Trained originally in anthropology and with a PhD in health informatics, Joel spent the decade to 2020 working primarily in the field of health data, using ethnographic methods to study new systems for accessing personal health data for secondary research analysis. Much of this work was conducted in the UK and involved joint EU/Canada initiatives. Joel is also interested in understanding how patients engage with health information in everyday life, particularly when living with chronic conditions.
Jordyn Flanagan, BMSc
Jordyn Flanagan is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She graduated in 2021 with a BMSc (honours) majoring in Pharmacology and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences from Western University. Throughout her undergrad she worked as a Research Assistant at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. Within the Unit, Jordyn is involved in systematic reviews and jurisdictional scans.
Mark Hofmeister, BSc, BN, MSc, RN
Mark Hofmeister is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. He has a BN (Honors) from the University of Lethbridge and practiced as a registered nurse in oncology and internal medicine, before completing his MSc in Health Economics at the University of Calgary. With the unit, Mark contributes to evidence synthesis through systematic reviews, including meta-analysis and indirect treatment comparisons, data analysis, and the development of economic evaluations and budget impact analyses.