Media

Periodically Updated

My Story in the Media

Links to media articles (February, 2021):

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jonathan-kay-a-white-mob-comes-after-an-arab-canadian-professor-in-the-name-of-anti-racism

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/mount-allison-freedom-speech-blog-1.5930117

Links to print/online and radio media (May, 2021):

https://omny.fm/shows/richard-martineau/un-nouveau-cas-de-censure-woke-dans-une-universit

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mount-allison-university-signals-its-social-justice-commitments-loud-and-clear-in-the-rima-azar-case_3808214.html

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-when-the-woke-come-for-conservatives-of-colour

My Work in the Media

The links below take you to my blog (Bambi’s Afkar), to my academic profile, to a personal reflection on teaching/leadership, and you can read some of the provincial, national, and international media articles about my research and service to the community

Vous pouvez cliquer sur les liens ci-dessous pour voir mon blog (Bambi’s Afkar), mon profil académique, une réflection personnelle sur l’enseignement/le leadership et quelques articles journalistiques (N-B, Canada et internationaux) sur ma recherche et service à la communauté

Bambi’s Afkar

My faculty profile, along with a link to my Psychobiology of Stress &Health Lab (Mount Allison University)

A personal reflection on "teaching and leadership", invited by Dr.  Mirella De Civita, CEO of Papillon MDC Inc. (Montreal, Québec, Canada),  which "provides state-of-the-art  leadership development programs, knowledge transfer management  services, including executive coaching across various industry sectors  worldwide":
https://papillonmdc.ca/teaching-leading-the-learning-boat-to-shore/
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National coverage about NaviCare/SoinsNavi research project/centre by the CIHR: 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw45Jd4lzAS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/51458.html  

Some coverage in our province (full media print, radio/tv coverage further below):

http://www.policyresearchnetwork.ca/shelley-doucet-and-rima-azar/

http://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2014/December_2014/NB_Children%E2%80%99s_Foundationprovides_$750,000_gift_for_Mount_Allison,_UNB_research/

http://blogs.unb.ca/newsroom/2014/12/19/new-brunswick-childrens-foundation-provides-gift-for-university-of-new-brunswick-and-mount-allison-research/

NaviCare/SoinsNavi:

Website: http://navicare-soinsnavi.ca/

Short video: https://tinyurl.com/y6etgbot   

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I was selected “NB Health Researcher of the Month” (January, 2013) by NBHRF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IH02GBR-30

https://www.nbhrf.com/files/page-files/dre-rima-azar//rima-azar.pdf

Our team (Dr. Shelley Doucet and myself) were selected “Researchers of the Month” (August, 2015) by NBSPRN: http://www.policyresearchnetwork.ca/shelley-doucet-and-rima-azar/

NBHRF selected CRIC as Team of the month (2019): https://www.nbhrf.com/en/researchers-month-2019

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A Commentary by Dr. Kathleen Pajer and Dr. William Gardner (https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(09)61253-3/fulltext) about one of my publications on cortisol levels and conduct disorder in adolescent mothers in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(09)61252-1/fulltext)

A press release by Biological Psychiatry about one of my publications on maternal major depression, overcontrolling behaviour and increased stress (ie., cortisol) response in infants: https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/maternal-depression-and-controlling-behavior-are-associated-with-increased-stress-response-in-infants

Broadcast Interviews

2020/03/26 Covid-19: “Un message au nom de NaviCare/SoinsNavi”, Radio interview live with Mr. Marcel Parker Gallant, CJSE (broadcasting from Shediac, NB)

2020/02/04 Université Mount Allison: Entrevue avec Rima Azar et Gabriella Fisher, Radio-Canada with Mr. Michel Nogue, French CBC Radio

2019/11/01 Why you shouldn’t downplay a concussion (Ms. Jonna Brewer interviewing Dr. Jennifer Tomes and Mr. Dan Steeves), Information Morning – Moncton with Jonna Brewer (her guests, Dr. Tomes and Mr. Steeves participated in the Mount A Breakfast Chat, which I hosted/moderated at the Marshlands Inn (Sackville, NB), CBC Radio

2019/10/05 French CBC Radio Interview (live in the news at 6 PM): « La parole au patient » pour trouver des solutions aux défis en soins de santé”, Nouvelles à 6 PM., Radio-Canada, Acadie

2019/03/16 Mount A Breakfast Chat (2019): Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (in French), 6 PM-News, Radio-Canada, les Nouvelles (French CBC- the News)

2019/03/01 Segment on the functioning of the NaviCare/SoinsNavi centre, Documentary for the News program, Radio-Canada (French CBC)

2017/01/13 New phone service helps parents of children with complex illnesses navigate health system, MAX 104.9 Radio, MAX 104.9 Radio, MAX 104.9 Radio

https://tinyurl.com/z3o2scx

2017/01/11 Help for families with children with complex health conditions, CBC Information Morning, CBC, CBC Information Morning in Moncton

https://tinyurl.com/zt3rrjs

2017/01/11 NaviCare/SoinsNavi, L’heure de pointe Acadie: Santé, Radio-Canada (French CBC), Radio-Canada/Acadie (French CBC, Atlantic)

https://tinyurl.com/jbjam6x

2017/01/11 Navi Care/SoinsNavi: un centre de soutien unique au pays pour aider les familles du Nouveau-Brunswick, Radio-Canada interview, Radio-Canada (French CBC), Radio-Canada (French CBC)

https://tinyurl.com/jk9r4hn

2017/01/10 The newly launched centre for children with complex health conditions in NB, CBC Video on NaviCare/SoinsNavi, CBC, CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/852503107541

2017/01/10 New Brunswick. New service introduced aimed at providing aid to young children with complex health needs and their families, Global News at 6, Global News, Global News at6 – New Brunswick

https://tinyurl.com/ztr3fk7

2017/01/10 New Brunswick at 6. NaviCare/SoinsNavi, new centre for children with complex health conditions., CBC News: New Brunswick at 6, CBC News, CBC News: New Brunswick at 6

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/851895875663

2017/01/10 Virtual Centre Launched To Help Kids With Complex Health Conditions, CHSJ Radio, CHSJ, CHSJ Radio

http://www.country94.ca/news/1845385045/virtual-centre-launched-help-kids-complexhealth-conditions

2017/01/10 Virtual Centre Launched To Help Kids With Complex Health Conditions, 97.3 The Wave, 97.3 The Wave Radio, 97.3 The Wave

https://tinyurl.com/hcqefzh

2017/01/10 Navicare, virtual centre, aims to help NB children with complex health needs, Global News, Global News, Global News

https://tinyurl.com/h7dex6e

2017/01/10 Virtual Centre Launched To Help Kids With Complex Health Conditions, Country 94 RadioNews, Country 94 Radio, Country 94 Radio

https://tinyurl.com/hvwkmq3

2017/01/10 Virtual Centre Launched To Help Kids With Complex Health Conditions, 91.9 The Bend, 91.9 The Bend Radio, 91.9 The Bend

https://tinyurl.com/zwpfnoe

2017/01/10 Press Release in Saint John, Jan 10, 2017: TOPIC: Launch of a NaviCare/SoinsNavi in NB, a new navigation centre for children with complex health conditions

https://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2017/January/New_centre_for_children_with_complex_health_conditions_launched/

blogs.unb.ca/newsroom/2017/01/10/new-centre-for-children-with-complex-healthconditions-launched/

This joint press release, UNB Saint John & Mount Allison University, (NB, Canada) led to several TV and radio interviews as well as media publications, including the following (see individual entries in the appropriate section of the CCV): · NB Social Policy Research Network · CBCvideo · CBC Information Morning · Radio-Canada · Radio-Canada – L’heure de pointe Acadie · Global News · Sackville Tribune-Post · Mount Allison University · University of New Brunswick ·Sykes · MAX 104.9 Radio · CHSJ Radio · CBC News: New Brunswick at 6 · Global News at 6 – New Brunswick · CBC News NB Online · Telegraph Journal – Jan 10th · Telegraph Journal – Jan 11th · Country 94 Radio · New Brunswick Health Council · New Brunswick Health Research Foundation · 91.9 The Bend · 97.3 The Wave

2016/12/01 Announcement of our RSC-Atlantic Chapter-funded annual bilingual public event entitled (in English): Mount A Breakfast Chat: Growing up with a complex health condition, CBC Radio, CBC Radio. This interview has likely helped in reaching out to interested participants to attend this free annual bilingual community outreach event (over 40 engaged participants).

2016/06/21 NBHRF Press Release with Health Minister, the Honourable Jane Phillpot about cofunding from CIHR and NBHRF for CHILD-BRIGHT and the NB-SPOR-PIHCI.The Pan-Canadian large CHILD BRIGHT research Network, NBHRF Media Relations, event took place at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, Saint John, NB, Canada

2016/05/04 NBHRF Press Announcement on major provincial funding for youth mental health funding (with Premier Brian Gallant) at the Centre de formation médicale, Université de Moncton, NB (including our NBCF and CIHR funded projects), NBHRF along with GNB, NBHRF MEdia Relations

2015/01/05 New Brunswick Virtual Health Centre for Children project, CBC Information Morning with Terry Seguin. http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningfredericton/2015/01/06/new-virtualhealth-centre/, CBC, Terry Seguin

http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningfredericton/2015/01/06/new-virtual-health-centre/

2013/11/14 Interviewed by Frequent Seas Production video crew, a production company, hired by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) to produce a youTube video on my lab as I am a nominee for “NB Health Researcher of the Year”, Video published onyouTube by NBHRF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IH02GBR-30

2013/04/10 Interviewed by Mr. David Bell for CTV Live at 5. Student stress during final exams, CTV Live at 5, CTV Atlantic News, Bell, David

2012/11/20 Interviewed by Ms. Starr Dobson, Producer and Co-host of CTV Live at 5, for CTV News Chanel about stress and physical illnesses, and my research in this area., CTV Live at 5,CTV Atlantic News

2012/11/19 Live Radio interviewed by Ms. Janique Leblanc for the French CBC (Radio-Canada). Interviewed about chronic stress, depressive symptoms, and inflammation (November 20, 2012)., Libre-Echange, Radio-Canada

2011/08/12 Interviewed by Ms. Cathy LeBreton for Rogers News 91.9 Radio about the Feelings Matter When Expecting a Baby: Psychoneuroimmunology (FMWB-PP) Study), Radio news, Rogers News 91.9 Radio

Text Interviews

2020/05/05 Psychology department faculty speak to students about their research on panel, The Argosy (student journal)

2020/02/04 Université Mount Allison: Entrevue avec Rima Azar et Gabrielle Fisher, French CBC, text interview with Mr. Michel Nogue

2019/11/02 Athletes need to be pragmatic — not secretive — about concussions, researcher says (interview with the expert, Dr. Jennifer Tomes and patient, Mr. Dan Steeves), CBC (Dr.Tomes and Professor Steeves) participated in the Mount A Chat with 40 participants; I hosted/moderated this public outreach event at the Marshlands Inn in Sackville, NB

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/mount-allison-concussion-forum-1.5344587

2019/10/06 « La parole au patient » pour trouver des solutions aux défis en soins de santé, Radio-Canada, Ici Nouveau-Brunswick

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1333539/parole-au-patient-competition-dragons-soins-sante-nouveau-brunswick

2019/03/20 Mt. A Breakfast Chat discusses fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Argosy

2017/10/08 Scared about your surgery? Talk about it, doc says (media coverage of the Mount A Breakfast Chat I hosted/moderated at a restaurant in Sackville, NB), Times &Transcript (Health & Well-being section; Moncton-based journalist: Mr. Tom Bateman)

2017/09/21 Eastern Schools (NaviCare/SoinsNavi centre described in this article as an innovation), Globe and Mail, Sponsor Content

2017/01/30 NBHRF: News from the CEO. Launch of the NaviCare Program. The New Brunswick Centre for children with complex health conditions, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)

https://tinyurl.com/jreqdb9

2017/01/13 Sackville Tribune-Post: New centre for children with complex health conditions developed by Mount A, UNB researchers. Free telephone service provides help to young patients, families., Sackville Tribune Post (front page & online)

https://tinyurl.com/jymesjg

2017/01/11 Telegraph Journal’s second article about NaviCare/SoinsNavi (the first appeared on January 10, 2017), Telegraph Journal, January 11, 2017

https://app.infomart.com/login

2017/01/11 Sykes Assistance Services: New virtual navigation centre for children with complex health conditions, Sykes

https://tinyurl.com/ha7jo82

2017/01/10 CBC News NB Online: New call line for parents of children with disabilities Nurse at the end of bilingual, toll-free line will guide parents to medical experts and financial supports, CBC News NB Online (Cove, R)

https://tinyurl.com/jqg4f7x

2017/01/10 Telegraph Journal. Update: Support on the way for NB children with complex health conditions, Telegraph Journal (Jan 10, 2017)

https://tinyurl.com/jpkho2c

2017/01/10 University of New Brunswick (UNB): New centre for children with complex health conditions launched, UNB, Media Relations

https://tinyurl.com/hr8p7u5

2017/01/10 The New Brunswick Health Council/Le Conseil de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick: Call line aims to help New Brunswick parents of children with disabilities access services, The New Brunswick Health Council, The New Brunswick Health Council has a dual mandate of engaging citizens and reporting on health system performance

https://tinyurl.com/jbthfm6

2017/01/10 Mount Allison University: New centre for children with complex health conditions launched, Mount Allison University, Media Relations

https://tinyurl.com/zhgjxb6

2017/01/10 NaviCare/SoinsNavi: A new centre for children with complex health conditions launched, NB Social Policy Research Network

http://www.policyresearchnetwork.ca/news/new-centre-children-complex-health-conditions-launched/

2016/12/15 Press article by the Sackville Tribune Post on the second edition of the Mount A Breakfast Chat entitled in English: Mount A Break fast Chat: Growing up with a complex health condition, Front cover of the hard copy and online version

http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/community/2016/11/28/mount-a-breakfast-chat-event-to-explore-complex-health-condition.html

2016/11/15 Press Release by Mount Allison University about the RSC-Atlantic-funded second edition of the Mount A Breakfast Chat on children with complex health conditions, Aloma Jardine, Media Relations, Mount Allison University, This lead to a media coverage by CBC Radio and a press article by the Sackville Tribune Post (hard copy and online version)

https://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2016/November/

2016/10/15 Press article by the Sackville Tribune Post about the first edition of the Mount A Breakfast Chat entitled (in English): Mount A Breakfast Chat: Breaking bread and taboos to move forward (event attended by over 50 engaged citizens from Sackville, Dieppe, Moncton as well as Amherst, NS).

2016/05/15 NBHRF (New Brunswick Health Research Foundation) interview with Co-PIs, Dr. Rima Azar & Shelley Doucet about our CIHR and NBHRF-funded CHILD BRIGHT grant, interview conducted in May, 2016 (published in the NBHRF report as “Featured Researchers”)

2016/05/15 Étude de cas/Case Study: NB SPOR PHICI Children’s health study grant (PIs: Azar R & Doucet, S), New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN)

2015/10/15 Press Release by Mount Allison University about the first Mount A Breafast Chat entitled (in English): Mount A Breakfast Chat on miscarriages: Breaking bread and taboos to move forward, Ms. Laura Dilllman, Media Relations, Mount Allison University

https://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2015/October_2015/MtA_Breakfast_Chat_event_focuses_on_the_science_

This lead to a media press article by the Sackville Tribune Post.

2015/08/19 New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network’s August Newsletter (2015). Member Spotlight, Beaulieu, S on behalf of NBSPNR

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=603879ccd973f5e59350d8573&id=45943335a0&e=e8b7058036

2015/02/20 Kudos for being awarded a $750,000 grant from the NB Children’s Foundation to assist in the development of a virtual health centre in New Brunswick, KV Style – Volume 11, Issue 2014/12/20 “Children health centre gets funding”, Telegraph Journal (with Mr. Bruce Bartlett)

2014/12/19 UNB Press Release: Announcement of $750,000 grant to assist in the development of a virtual health centre in New Brunswick, University of New Brunswick Press Release (I am Co-PI of this project (along with Dr. Shelley Doucet from UNB-Saint John, NB)

http://blogs.unb.ca/newsroom/2014/12/19/new-brunswick-children

2014/12/19 Mount Allison University Press Release: Announcement of $750,000 grant to assist in the development of a virtual health centre in New Brunswick, Mount Allison University Press Release (I am co-PI of this project, along with Dr.Shelley Doucet from UNB- Saint John, NB)

http://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2014/D

2013/02/08 “Une chercheuse libano-canadienne se démarque au Nouveau Brunswick”, Ecological rubric entitled “Ma planète verte” in “Santé Beauté”, a Lebanese journal

2013/01/05 “Recognizing a Health Researcher who is changing the face of New Brunswick: Dr. RimaAzar” (chosen by the NBHRF as researcher of the Month– January 2013)., Telegraph Journal

2012/07/14 Interview about my research: The French-language “L’Orient Le Jour”, one of the main daily Lebanese newspapers, interviewed me about my research program., Article Title: “Une chercheuse libano-canadienne s’intéresse a la fameuse depression chez les femmes enceintes”[A Lebanese-Canadian researcher is interested in depression during pregnancy], L’Orient Le jour

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/768232/Une_chercheuse_libano-canadienne_s%2527interesse_a_la_fameuse_depression_chez_les_femmes_enceintes.html

2012/07/14 Interview about my research: “L’Orient des Campus”, affiliated with “L”Orient Le Jour” (covers the news on universities and on Lebanese youth) published on its website the article that appeared in “L’Orient le Jour” newspaper., L’Orient des Campus

2010/12/10 “Here’s how to beat holiday blues. Experts offer tips on making Christmas as stress-free as possible”., Interviewed by Mr. Craig Babstock, Times & Transcript. This article was published on the journal’s front page and it was announced on Mount Allison University’s webpage

2010/01/15 Interview about the the H1N1 Pandemic., interviewed by a student journalist, Argosy Journal (after the publication of the “Telegraph” article)

2009/12/15 “What does not kill you makes you stronger”. Interviewed by Ms. Melissa Lombard about my research, the Record, Science edition. After this article was published, my work was highlighted on Mount Allison university’s newly designed home page, which included a link to the article for a month

2009/11/07 “The Fear factor, article on the H1N1 Pandemic”, the Telegraph Newspaper. Interviewed by Ms. Brett Bundale for the Telegraph. Mount Allison University issued a press release about this article

2008/12/23 “Does dark weather bring dark mood? Interview on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)”. Interviewed by Ms. Hanne Armstrong for the Telegraph Journal, distributed in Moncton, Fredericton, & St-John