Research Faculty
CCNM鈥檚 department of research & clinical epidemiology is a world leader in advancing our understanding of complementary and naturopathic medicine. Our research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal.
Director of Research
Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND (non-clinical)

Kieran鈥檚 experience in CCNM鈥檚 department of research and clinical epidemiology includes conducting whole-practice clinical trials on naturopathic care, evaluating the quality and impact of both naturopathic and integrative medicine, as well as collaborating with various institutions to evaluate natural health products. Currently, he is investigating cannabis and integrative approaches for chronic pain, interprofessional collaboration and education, and naturopathic approaches to both irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. He is Chair-Elect of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researchers (INCAM) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology, Sydney through the International Naturopathy Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program.

Research Fellow
Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND

Monique Aucoin is a naturopathic doctor and senior research fellow at CCNM. Monique has been involved in the design, implementation and analysis of studies investigating the efficacy and safety of natural health products in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression, osteoarthritis and ADHD. She has completed systematic reviews on the efficacy and safety of treatments for digestive disorders and cancer. Monique has a private practice in Toronto with a special interest in mental health, mindfulness and stress management.

Research Fellow
Dr. Tiffany Turner, ND
Tiffany Turner is a naturopathic doctor and research fellow at 91茄子Boucher. She completed her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and her residency in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has completed research at SCNM and as a guest collaborator at the ASU Biodesign Institute, where she investigated the effects of botanical medicines on the immune system and on the prevention, control and treatment of multi-drug resistant bacteria and viruses. She is passionate about promoting mental wellness and supporting evidence-led approaches to mental health.
Clinician Scientist
Dr. Ellen Conte, ND

Ellen Conte is a naturopathic doctor focusing on integrative cancer care. In her clinical practice, she uses evidence-based therapies to decrease side effects of conventional therapy, adjunctively treat and prevent cancer, and optimize overall health. Therapies include clinical nutrition and supplementation, exercise, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling and acupuncture.

Principal Investigator
Dr. Neda Ebrahimi, PhD

Neda has completed her masters and PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Toronto. She spent over 10 years investigating outcomes in pregnancy and neonatal outcomes following different gestational exposures. The core of her doctorate research focused on neonatal and postpartum disease outcomes in pregnant women with multiple sclerosis. Diet, fitness and a holistic approach to health, drive her passion and dedication to medical research and preventative and individualized medicine.

Adjunct Research Scientist
Dr. Laura LaChance, MD

Dr. Laura LaChance graduated from Queen's University School of Medicine in 2011 and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2017. She has held clinical and academic positions at both the University of Toronto (CAMH) and McGill University (St. Mary's Hospital) where she has worked in primarily outpatient psychiatry prior to moving into private practice in 2023. Dr. LaChance has a special interest in the role of health behaviours (lifestyle factors) on mental health and incorporates nutrition, physical activity, and other mind-body interventions into the psychiatric care she provides.

Dr. LaChance has completed additional training in the social causes of mental illness (CIHR Research Fellowship 2012) and Master's in Psychiatry from McGill University in 2021. Her Master's degree was focused on understanding the mental health impact of nutrition and physical activity interventions. She is also currently enrolled in a fellowship in integrative psychiatry with Psychiatry Redefined. Dr. LaChance has been completing research in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry since 2012 and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations educating her peers and the public on the mental health benefits of nutritional interventions. She is currently an Adjunct Research Scientist at the 91茄子.