Name: Claire Fedoruk

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Position: Communications & Outreach Coordinator


Claire completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Anthropology in 2015, and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology, both at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Claire has a wide range of research interests, having conducted academic projects in the areas of Health Psychology (factors influencing decision-making in blood donation), Psychosocial Oncology (media representations of the HPV vaccine), and Anthropology of Medicine (the epistemology of model organisms in marine biology).

Claire previously worked as a research assistant for SPIN from 2015-2016, and was excited to re-join the team in 2018 as SPIN’s Outreach & Communications Coordinator. In this role, Claire is working to build and strengthen SPIN’s connections within the international scleroderma community, and find new ways to keep SPIN centered around patient priorities and engagement.


-  Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s (17,500 CAD). Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council. 2017-2018

- McCall/MacBain Fellowship (6,000 CAD). Anthropology Department, McGill University. 2016-2017

- Graduate Excellence Fellowship (4,037 CAD). Anthropology Department, McGill University. 2016-2017


Thombs BD, Kwakkenbos L, Riehm KE, Saadat N, Fedoruk C. Comparison of Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease between patients with systemic sclerosis and other chronic conditions: a systematic review. Rheumatology International. 2017; 37(2): 281-292.


Perez S, Fedoruk C, Shapiro GK, Rosberger Z. Giving boys a shot: the HPV vaccine’s portrayal in Canadian newspapers. Health Communication. 2016; 31(12): 1527-1538.


Perez S, Fedoruk C, Shapiro G, Rosberger Z. A Content Analysis of the HPV Vaccine in Canadian Media: The Need for More ‘Male’ Media Coverage. Poster presentation at the 30th International Papillomavirus Conference & Clinical Public Health Workshops, Lisbon, Portugal. September 2015.


Fedoruk C, Perez S, Shapiro GK, Rosberger Z. Media Representation of the HPV Vaccine in Canada: A Content Analysis. Poster presentation at the 2015 Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference, Montreal, Canada. April 2015.


Fedoruk C, Balegh S, Ditto B. Incentives and Disincentives: Investigating Factors Associated with Intention to Donate Blood. Poster presentation at the annual McGill Psychology Department Undergraduate Poster Presentations, Montreal, Canada. April 2014.