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Julia graduated from McGill University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Biology with a concentration in Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. Her thesis focused on species distribution modelling of small mammal hosts of Lyme disease in North America. She originally joined the Thombs research team in 2019 as the administrator and research assistant with the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), an organization chaired by Dr. Thombs. She has since joined the SPIN team in 2021 as a clinical research coordinator, taking charge in coordinating the SPIN-SELF (Self-Management) trial and various other projects.